Alfred Clark was born Aug. 1 in Vermillion.
He was drafted October 1st 1943. When they drafted the men at that time, you didn't get a chance to choose the branch of service you wanted to be in. They just went down the line, you go to the Army, you go to the Air Force and etc. The only branch left to fill when they got to his name was the Navy.
He was taken by bus to Omaha, NE where he had his physical. Alfred then took a troop train to Camp Perry, VA, close to Williamsburg, VA, for his training. Even though he was in the Navy, they used a facsimile of a ship, on the ground, teaching them about how the winches work for loading and unloading a ship. The last of February he finished training and was sent home on leave for two weeks
After returning to Camp Perry, VA, he waited around for a couple of weeks and then went by troop train to Port Wanning Naval Base in the Los Angeles, CA area. After about two or three weeks they bordered a troop ship to Honolulu.
There he loaded ships to go to Tinian where the Americans had already captured and Saipan. Once they were established they unloaded ships that carried wood and steel pilings, and cement which were needed to rebuild the docks for the ships to come in.
They also made an airstrip of the coral from the sea. Air Force used this to load the bombs from Alfred's ship that had carried over along with the pilings and etc., onto trucks which then took them to the planes.
The B29's unloaded many bombs on Iwo Jima, because the Japanese were bombing Tinian and Saipan. The convoy of ships and the B29's bombed and captured the Japanese islands Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
After Okinawa was captured they went there to unload pilings and etc. to build more docks to the island. While there we went through two typhoons. During the first one Alfred hurt his legs and had to be on crutches for two weeks. They lived in tents on the island and some of them were destroyed. His was not because they used 2 by 6s and staked them so well. They didn't do so well with the second one because the tent next to theirs was blown into their tent and knocked it down. Needless to say the head was a very crowded place, for places of safety come in many forms and sizes.
He was in Okinawa when the war was over. On their way back to the states via Honolulu he and his shipmates were going to go right into another typhoon, so, they turned the ship around and went north to Portland, OR.
When he returned to Portland, OR, he was in Ships Company for one and a half months. This made him celebrate Christmas there. The same thing happened again when he arrived at the Great Lakes Naval Station. He was there until he was discharged in April of 1946. While you are in Ships Company you do jobs such as manage traffic through the gates and drive cars and trucks.