- Clarke, Bruce Cooper
4* U.S. General, Commander Combat B 7th Armored Division.
- 29-04-1901, Adams, New York.
- 17-03-1988, stroke, age 86, Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda.
Arlington Cemetery, Virginia USA. Section 7 A-Grave 130.
Clarke, Bruce Cooper
Bruce Clarke, born on 29-04-1901 in Adams, New York, dropped out of high school to enlist in the Army in 1917 and gained appointment to the United States Military Academy through the New York National Guard. During World War I, Clarke served in the Coast Artillery Corps. In December 1940, he was sent to England as military observer. Upon his return in the United States, Major Clarke was assigned to organize and command the 24th Engineer Battalion of the 4th Armoured Division Roosevelt's Butchers, which was being activated at Pine Camp, New York. On 24-12-1941, he was promoted to the grade of Lieutenant Colonel. Three weeks later, he became the Chief of Staff of the 4th Armoured Division and was promoted to the grade of Colonel on 01-02-1942. He served in this capacity until 01-11-1943, when he assumed command of Combat Command A of the Division. In December 1943, Colonel Clarke's combat command arrived in England. He commanded Combat Command A through the flight in Normandy and other regions of France. Colonel Clarke was reassigned to the 7th Armoured Division to command Combat Command B in early November 1944. A few days later, he was promoted to Brigadier General, and he led the relief of St. Vith during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 that slowed the German attack. Writing afterward, General Eisenhower (see Eisenhower) credited Clarke's actions as the "turning point" in that battle. On June 20, he was reassigned to the 4th Armoured Division as Division Commander. General Clarke was then sent to the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of Operations. He concluded his active service on 30-04-1962 and on 1 May was entered on the list of retired officers in the rank of General. General Bruce Clarke died of a stroke, at the old age of 86, on 17-03-1988 and is buried with his wife Bessie, born Mitschel, who died age 84 on 09-09-1986, on the Arlington National Cemetery in Section 7 A, next to the commanding 101 Airborne General, Maxwell Taylor (see Taylor), the former world champion boxing Joe Louis (see Louis, his opponent was the German, Max Schmeling (see Max Schmeling) and Lee Marvin (see Marvin), the Flyer Ace "Pappy" Boyington (see Boyington) and James Doolittle (see Doolittle).