Wounded Soldier, Healing Warrior: A Personal Story of a Vietnam Veteran Who Lost his Legs but Found His Soul

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It was early morning, June 17, 1967, and Dak To Special Forces camp in Vietnam was under attack. A mortar exploded, and West Point graduate Allen B. Clark Jr.'s life was changed forever. This is the story of how one soldier, so gravely injured that both of his legs were amputated, turned his grievous loss into a personal triumph. Clark describes his struggle through a year-long recovery and a severe bout of post traumatic stress disorder, so little understood at the time. He tells of earning his MBA from Southern...

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Overview

It was early morning, June 17, 1967, and Dak To Special Forces camp in Vietnam was under attack. A mortar exploded, and West Point graduate Allen B. Clark Jr.'s life was changed forever. This is the story of how one soldier, so gravely injured that both of his legs were amputated, turned his grievous loss into a personal triumph. Clark describes his struggle through a year-long recovery and a severe bout of post traumatic stress disorder, so little understood at the time. He tells of earning his MBA from Southern Methodist University and finding employment as a personal financial assistant to Ross Perot, of moving on to public service and founding the Combat Faith Ministry, a lay ministry to veterans. Clark's story of growth and spiritual fulfillment wrested from his wartime tragedy is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and is of special relevance in our day of so many soldiers returning wounded in body and spirit from Iraq.

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"Wounded Soldier, Healing Warrior is an exceptional read--captivating, inspirational and educational. Allen Clark is an American patriot who has lived the West Point values of duty, honor, and country every day. From experiencing the rigors of combat during the war in Vietnam to becoming Assistant Secretary for Veterans Liaison, he did not allow physical disabilities to detract from his intent to care for others and serve his nation. Allen provides a clear message--through strong values and faith in God, we can overcome adversity and be all we want to be." --Lieutenant General Robert F. Foley (USA-Ret.), Medal of Honor Recipient

"[Clark] is an unusual American and a pilgrim whose quest the reader will find poignant and illuminating."--Bill Moyers

"Wow! What a sensational story of a heroic life and service for our dear country and our dear Lord Jesus. There are few accounts today of such dramatic demonstration of the Lord's power to not only save a life but to use that life for His glory. This book is bound to help so many who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as those returning from war, now." --Dr. Bobby Welch, Purple Heart Vietnam veteran and past president, Southern Baptist Convention

"There are a host of heroes to whom this country owes a debt it can never repay. Allen Clark lost both his legs while serving his country in Vietnam. When he came home, his body was broken, but his spirit never faltered. He went back to school. He earned his masters degree in business administration. He served his state in a high government post and is now a successful businessman. He's an inspiration to all who know him." --President Ronald Reagan, The White House, September 10, 1984

"From my own experience, I know how much determination, courage, and faith it took for Allen Clark to travel his long journey back to life. But, he has made it, and in telling his story, he will help others make it, too."--Bob Dole

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760331132
  • Publisher: Zenith Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Vietnam veteran Allen B. Clark Jr. is founder of the Combat Faith Ministry. He served in the federal government as an assistant secretary in the Department of Veterans Affairs and later director of the National Cemetery System from 1989 to 1993. He lives in Dallas, Texas. For information on his ministry, visit www.combatfaith.com.

Vietnam veteran Allen B. Clark Jr. is founder of the Combat Faith Ministry. He served in the federal government as an assistant secretary in the Department of Veterans Affairs and later director of the National Cemetery System from 1989 to 1993. He lives in Dallas, Texas. For information on his ministry, visit www.combatfaith.com.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Ross Perot

Introduction

Chapter 1         “Oh, God, I’m Dead”

Chapter 2         Home for Healing

Chapter 3         Pursuing a Lifelong Dream

Chapter 4         My Quest for Independence

Chapter 5         The Beginning of My Own Personal War

Chapter 6         Covert Operations in B-57

Chapter 7         Up Country to Dak To

Chapter 8         Healing of Body, Soul, and Spirit

Chapter 9         Rebuilding a Life on Earth for Eternity

Chapter 10       The Seduction of Politics

Chapter 11       Infected with Potomac Fever

Chapter 12       Armor for a Healing Warrior

Chapter 13       “Thank You for Bringing My Daddy Home”

Epilogue

Appendix         Battle Plan for Victory

Bibliography

Acknowledgments

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  • Posted January 12, 2010

    Inspiring Memoir of Life, Companionship and Courage

    Janet Morrison Our History Project Staff

    The title of this book attracted my attention. I had just finished reading a memoir of another Vietnam veteran and was ready to read a second one while still in that mood. Wounded Soldier, Healing Warrior immediately drew me in as it opens at the defining moment in Allen Clark's life - 4:30 a.m. on June 17, 1967, at the Special Forces camp at Dak To, Vietnam - when a North Vietnamese mortar attack resulted in the eventual loss of both of Clark's legs.

    Mr. Clark weaves the story of his life by smoothly moving from Vietnam back to his days as a West Point cadet, back to the war, and then returning to his life before Vietnam. Throughout the book he makes the connection between how his early life prepared (or did not prepare) him for his life-changing wounds in the war and how everything that has happened to him since June 17, 1967, can be tied back to his experiences on and shortly after that day.

    One theme that surfaces numerous times in the book is the lifelong influence West Point has had on Mr. Clark's life. There is a bond among the cadets and former cadets that never failed to give the author an emotional boost when it was most needed, or helped pave the way for a career move when that was desired. This bond goes far beyond actual classmates, but spreads throughout West Point alumni. Mr. Clark describes it as a bond like no other. It is a true caring about one another.

    Without being "preachy," Mr. Clark's overriding purpose in writing this book is to share his spiritual journey since that fateful day in 1967. He admits putting God on the back burner while at West Point. It wasn't until his second amputation that religion became of increased interest to him. He speaks of the power of prayer. His search for a close relationship with God led him to reflect on the decisions in his life such as volunteering for duty in Vietnam, such as transferring from the Army Corps of Engineers to military intelligence, and such as requesting to be attached to a Special Forces (Green Beret) unit.

    Mr. Clark talks about some of the things he learned about the Vietnamese people. He talks about how isolated he felt as an intelligence officer in the tri-border area where South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos meet because there was no one with whom he could discuss his mission. He talks about the Montagnards and the assistance many of them gave the US troops. (Incidentally, did you know that there are 15 different groups/tribes that are Montagnards?)

    The book includes the struggle many - if not all - U.S. Vietnam veterans and their loved ones and survivors have had to come to grips with: Was my sacrifice worth it? Mr. Clark describes a turning point in his grappling with that question after a chance conversation with Bill Moyers.

    One thing that I especially liked about this book was how Mr. Clark involved the other people in his life. By inviting family members, fellow soldiers, medics, and friends to write their memories of the various events in his life, Mr. Clark lets the reader see those events from several points of view.

    Without giving away the amazing path Mr. Clark's life has taken since his physical recovery, let me just say that his true character comes through as he chronicles the surprising and rewarding twists and turns of his career and some of the famous people with whom he has "rubbed elbows" as he has worked for the better care and treatment of our U.S. veterans.

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