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Boyers Morgan Clark Jr
1924-1951

Boyers Morgan Clark Jr. was born April 18, 1924, in Elkins, West Virginia, the eldest child of Boyers Morgan Sr. and Marian Robison Clark. As a young man Boyers, who was called “Morgan,” participated in the Boy Scouts, reaching the rank of Eagle Scout, and was active in the YMCA.

Boyers Morgan Clark
Boyers Morgan Clark, 1942
Elkins High yearbook
He attended Elkins High School and while a student was president of the Hi-Y Club. He graduated in 1942. He attended Wayne University in Detroit, Northwestern University in Chicago, and Columbia University in New York as a student of the Navy’s V-12 program and received a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduating he was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy.
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Hi-Y at Elkins High, 1942
Elkins High yearbook

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Honolulu Memorial
Courtesy American Battle Monuments Commission
During World War II, Ensign Clark served in the Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Coral Sea engagements. After being discharged from the Navy, he enlisted again. On February 2, 1951, he was serving as commander of the USS Partridge, a minesweeper, when the vessel hit a mine as it entered Kangnung Harbor, Korea, and sank. At first listed as missing, Lieutenant Clark later was officially listed as dead. His body was not recovered, and his name is on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

Before his death, Morgan had married Bernice Baker. They became the parents of two children: Cheryl Lee and Boyers Morgan Clark III.

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