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Tuesday, Feb 26 2013 04:09 PM

BHS students to honor fallen soldier

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    By Courtesy Bakersfield High School

    Roosevelt Clark attended Bakersfield High School from the fall of 1947 to April of 1950, when he dropped out and joined the Army his junior year. He graduated from Mountain View School in 1947. His father, Willie Clark, was an agriculture worker. This picture comes from his high school transcript.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Bakersfield High School students will pay their respects Friday to fallen soldier Roosevelt Clark.

The recognition was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but the school received word Wednesday morning that they'd participate Friday instead.

BHS Principal David Reese will announce through the school intercom when a procession is close by for teachers to take their classes outside to Elm Grove to view it. It's unknown exactly what time that will happen.

"It's a great teachable moment for our students to experience the Driller legacy and history that we give honor to those that were here before them," Reese said.

Clark, a BHS football player who grew up in Arvin, was 18 when he was declared missing in action following fighting in North Korea in 1950. His remains were recently identified through DNA analysis.

On Wednesday, Clark will be flown, with full military escort and honors, to Los Angeles International Airport. From there he will be taken by hearse to Hillcrest Mortuary in Bakersfield.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at People's Missionary Baptist Church.

"We are a big Driller family and honoring an alumni who lost his life in the Armed Forces is something honorable that we, as a Driller family, respect," Reese said.

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