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 Matthew Edward Clark

Matthew Edward Clark

Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Death 16 Nov 1999 (aged 74)
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Section 7, Site 1115
Memorial ID 495470 · View Source
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Matthew E. Clark was one of the first medics into Buchenwald, Germany, death camp. He and his platoon turned the concentration camp into a hospital. He worked endlessly trying to save the people who had survived in the camp.

He was in Medical school when he asked to be sent into WWII. He was emotionally tortured all his life about the work at the death camp. So many could not be saved.

Penicillin was in short supply and they were working with sulfur drugs that did not work as well as penicillin. He made many friends of the former prisoners and fought hard for each life to get people through all the disease that was in the camp.

He was compassionate and caring in every way, fighting for medicine and dressings and necessary articles to run a hospital. He made a difference, for many people how they lived and how they died with love and dignity.

He was consistently straight forward, impartial, tolerant, just and non-judgmental. He had a rare quality of character and intellect. It was his foundation of fairness. And from these qualities, his grace naturally unfolded.

He never finished medical school even though he had a 4.0 grade point average. He had seen enough pain and suffering. He married Lorna Arvig.

He enjoyed the beauty of the world sunrise and nature. He loved to fish. He was a Christian who prayed every day for his family and his country. When he was in his fifties he began to have symptoms of Parkinson's disease. He lived with it for the remainder of his life.

He also suffered with post traumatic stress disorder from the time spent in the service. He prayed for healing up until the day he died. His faith in God never faltered. He was alert and his mind remained sharp through his illness.

He had all the qualities of a gracious life. He was thankful. He was conscientious of all the good things in people. He was free to connect with the great, timeless truths. He showed appreciation, and recognized the divinity within all of us- our true identities.

He is missed and mourned and grieved for everyday.

My Love Eternally,
Your daughter Diane

"Thank you"

I will remember you

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  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 495470
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Matthew Edward Clark (13 Feb 1925–16 Nov 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 495470, citing Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Diane ღ (contributor 46588406) .