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Clark Veterans Cemetery.
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Posted: October 20, 2017
A beautiful story with pictures and words available for download. PDF format.
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Posted: October 30, 2017
Ongoing restoration and improvement projects at Clark Veterans Cemetery.
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Posted October 28, 2017
PDF listings of the Cemetery Reports at Clark Veterans Cemetery.
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Initially posted: November 18, 2017
Clark Cemetery was formed between 1947 and 1950 by moving the headstones/markers and remains from at least four other U.S. military cemeteries (Fort Stotsenburg 1 & 2, Fort McKinley, and Sangley Point naval cemetery) to the new 20.365 acre, 12,000 plot cemetery located just inside the main gate of Clark Air Base. All WWII dead were moved to the American Cemetery in Manila. The cemetery contains the remains of U.S. veterans from the USA, USN, USMC, USCG, USAF, Philippine Scouts (PS) and their dependents. Some, but not all, were veterans of the Spanish/American, Philippine Insurrection, WWI, WWII (died after the war), Korean, Vietnam, and Iraq wars. The largest category interred are civilian, mostly U.S. and Filipino and their dependents, all of whom worked for the U.S. Government. In addition, nationals from France, Spain, Canada, Japan, China, Vietnam and India are buried there. The earliest recorded burial is Santiago Belona, Pvt, PS, DOD: Jan 13, 1900. There are no records, but it is probable that this individual was moved from either Fort Stotsenburg 1 or 2. There are 8,614 individuals buried in the cemetery as of December 31, 2009. Dual flags have flown over the cemetery since March 1984. A special waiver was given to the provisions of the 1979 revised MBA to allow the U.S. flag to be displayed. This revision was secured from the Philippine government at the request of the Commander, 13th Air Force, Major General Burns. From 1979-1984, only one U.S. flag had been allowed to be flown on Clark Air Baseâ€¦the one located immediately in front of 13th Air Force headquarters.
There are two types of monuments in the cemetery. The first is a 6 ½ ft marble obelisk carved:
The above pictured memorial, the second one on the
site, a 2' high stone with a marble plaque reads:
CLARK CEMETERY SITE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1950 AND CONTAINS NON WORLD-WAR II
REMAINS FROM THE BASE AND OTHER U.S. CEMETERIES IN MANILA.
IT IS THE LAST ACTIVE USAF CEMETERY OUTSIDE THE U.S.
THE GRAVES DATE BACK TO 1900.
ALL BRANCHES OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES ARE REPRESENTED
AS PHILIPPINE SCOUTS, PHILIPPINE CONSTABULARY, AND CITIZENS OF OTHER NATIONS.
THE CEMETERY CONTAINS 1,200 GRAVESITES IN AN AREA ENCOMPASSING 20.365 ACRES.
--ERECTED BY THIRTEENTH AIR FORCE 4 JULY 1984 --
The Clark Cemetery was budgeted for and maintained by the U.S. Air Force from 1947 to 1991. When the Air Force departed the Philippines in November 1991, an MOA was signed with the Philippine Air Force where the latter agreed to provide proper care for the cemetery. In less than two years, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) took over control of the cemetery. No care was provided to the cemetery by the Philippine AF/CDC from November 1991 to June 1994.
VFW Post 2485 took over the job of maintaining the cemetery after deciding the cemetery condition dishonored all veterans buried there. A work force of U.S. volunteers (from various veterans organizations) was organized for the initial cleanup. Limited funds derived from donations were utilized. In November 1994, VFW Post 2485 signed an MOA with CDC giving the VFW permission to maintain the Clark Cemetery and open it for burials of U.S. veterans, including Philippine Scouts. This MOA was renewed in February 2001 and again in March 2006 with an expiration date of March 2031. The cemetery work force consists of a cemetery chairman from VFW Post 2485, four full time local nationals, and various other volunteers as needed to do the entire cemetery maintenance. In February 1996, CDC contracted for grass cutting, approximately 10 days per month, and a clean-up crew for trash and leaves on a daily basis. This didn;t work out, so now VFW Post 2485 takes care of the entire cemetery maintenance. At one time, support from the U.S. Congress to resolve the cemetery funding problems was led by Representative Montgomery in the Committee for Veteran Affairs. This action apparently died from lack of interest. The Clark Cemetery receives no U.S. or Philippine government funding. VFW Post 2485 can only budget cemetery maintenance through money donations from various individuals, military organizations, veterans groups, and civic/business organizations. More ...
United States Veterans ------------------------- 2,250 *
Dependents of United States Veterans ------- 676
Civilians (mostly U.S. and R.P.) --------------- 1,085
Dependents of Civilians ----------------------- 2,275
Philippine Constabulary (P.C.) --------------- 2
Unclassified ------------------------------------ 187
Unknown----------------------------------------- 2,189 **
Total ------------------------------------ 8,614
* Includes at least 642 Philippine Scouts (P.S.) from pre-WW II era
** This number includes three unknown Spanish soldiers buried in a common grave.
There are at least three other group burial sites.
Information and historical records are vague and virtually non-existent.
This record was updated on January 2010.
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