Lieutenant General Albert P. Clark,
USAF (ret.) “is a 1936 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., and completed flying training at Randolph
Field, Texas, in 1937. He then served at Selfridge Field, Mich., and in June 1942, went to England as second
in command of the 31st Fighter Group, the first American fighter unit in the European Theater of Operations. He was shot down
over Abbeville, France, in July 1942 and was a prisoner of war until April 1945.
After World War II, he progressed through
key staff assignments with Tactical Air Command, Continental Air Command and Air Defense Command prior to a tour of duty at
Headquarters U.S. Air Force. General Clark commanded the 48th Fighter Bomber Wing at Chaumont Air Base
in France, in 1955-1956, and then served as chief of staff of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe.
His next assignment was as chief of
the U.S. Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia. He was director of military personnel at Headquarters U.S. Air Force for
four years beginning in 1959 and was then assigned to Okinawa as commander of the 313th Air Division. In
August 1965, he was named vice commander of the Tactical Air Command. He assumed duties as commander of Air University in
August 1968, and in August 1970, he was appointed superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
A command pilot, he is a graduate
of the Armed Forces Staff College and the National War College. His military decorations and awards include
the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Purple
Heart. Lieutenant General Albert P. Clark retired in 1974 and is the author of 33 Months as
a POW in Stalag Luft III: A World War II Airman Tells His Story.