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Bruce Walrath Clarke

Graduating Class of 1914
Served in World War I
Attached photograph of First Lieutenant Clarke

First Lieutenant
Bruce Walrath Clarke

Army
Company G
127th Infantry Regiment
32nd Infantry Division

Hometown

Augusta, WI

Date of Birth

Location of Death

Fismes, France

Date of Death

Location of Burial

Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Seringes-et-Nesles, France

More About First Lieutenant Clarke

After specializing in law at the university, First Lieutenant Clarke accepted a position as a principal.

He eventually left this position to enter the First Officer’s Training Camp at Fort Sheridan where he was assigned to the 10th Company. Upon receiving his commission, 1st Lt. Clarke was ordered to Camp Custer, then to Camp Greene in North Carolina, and finally to Camp McArthur in Waco, TX. He left Texas in February, 1918, to sail overseas with the 127th Infantry. After receiving training in France, his regiment moved to Alsace and from there they marched over the Marne and engaged in the Battle of Château-Thierry. With sixty-four other men, he helped to capture and hold Fismes for three days before relief reached them.

As they were being relieved, a high explosive shell burst and killed First Lieutenant Clarke. His company was cited for distinguished service during the initial American offensive.