Charles Clark, Loudoun’s Oldest WW2 Veteran Turns 105; Meets the President
On August 2 Mr. Charlie Clark, Loudoun County’s oldest surviving WW2 veteran, was honored by President Barack Obama in a private meeting preceding the President’s rally in Leesburg. Also in attendance was Mr. Clark’s niece, Loudoun County historian Elaine Thompson.
While presenting Mr. Clark with a medal for his war service, Mr. Obama asked Mr. Clark how long he had resided in Loudoun. “Well,” answered Mr. Clark, “on the 23rd of this month I will have lived here for one hundred and five years.” An astonished President Obama, also celebrating a birthday this month, hugged Mr. Clark and asked him for his “secret” before the three posed for a picture together.
Ms. Thompson said: “It was the most exciting thing that I have experienced. He was very nice, very warm. After the speech, he returned to us and I told the President how proud I was of him.”
A resident of Purcellville, “Mr. Charlie” as he’s known to his friends, is a former Private First Class in the 3238 Quartermaster Company of the European theater. He still lives in his family home where he enjoys good health and follows politics closely. For more information on Mr. Clark, read this Blue Ridge Leader article from 2011.
Photo credit: Christopher Dilts