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LTC Albert Clark Welch, USA (Ret.)

Class of 1957

Albert Clark Welch

LEESBURG, Fla. - Albert Clark Welch, Lt. Col. U. S. Army (Ret.) age 76 passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016 in Leesburg, Fla.

Clark was born in Dover, N.H. He was a 1957 graduate from Oyster River High School and was the class president.

He was an Airborne Ranger who served in the 1st Infantry Division and Special Forces. He spent over 31 years serving his country as a U. S. Army Soldier, Teacher and Leader. Lt. Col. Welch was an inductee to the Ranger Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars with "V" device, Bronze Stars with "V" device, the Legion of Merit, many other citations and awards, and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society.

Those closest to him remember him as a brave soldier and a natural born leader. He was known for his absolute integrity. He was funny, and a great story teller. He loved military service and teaching others. He was also an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping and hiking, and was a Hut Boy on Mount Washington.

Survivors include Lacy, his loving wife of 53 years, and family.

Internment services with full military honors are being planned at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers please contribute to the USO or The Salvation Army.

Military Times - Hall of Valor

First Division Museum

Lt. Col. Clark Welch US Army Combined Arms Center bio

Battle of Ong Thanh Wikipedia article

Books on the Battle of Ong Thanh The Warbird Forum

Two Days in October PBS film based on They Marched Into Sunlight by David Maraniss

(The following links are available thanks to Hugh Wyatt at

Reluctant Hero article This story appeared in The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO on October 20, 2002

Medal of Honor Recommendation by BG James Shelton, USA (Ret.)