OBITUARY

LTC Todd J. Clark, US Army

October 4, 1972June 8, 2013

LTC Todd J. Clark, Cavalry, US Army, 40, was killed Saturday June 8, 2013 in Afghanistan. Born in Albany, son of Raymond J. “Jack,” COL(Retired), US Army and Kathleen Murphy Clark, brother of Kyle E. Clark. Todd is the husband of Shelley Wuenstel Clark and devoted father of Collin Thomas and Madison Elaine Clark, his greatest accomplishments in life. Also surviving are his in-laws, Paul Wuenstel and Susan Chancellor; grandmother, Helen Wuenstel. A 1990 Christian Brothers Academy graduate; a graduate of Texas A&M University (BS), Naval Postgraduate School (Master’s Degree); Command and General Staff College (Master’s Degree). LTC Clark was commissioned as an Armor/Cavalry Officer in 1995, following his graduation from the Corps of Cadets, “Boozin’ B-2” Unit. He served in Kuwait and Bosnia with the 1st Cavalry Division and as troop commander, led Lightning Troop, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in the attack on Iraq, for his first combat tour. He was an Advisor to the Iraqi Special Police Commandoes, his second combat tour. Todd then served with the 10th Division (Mountain) Staff in Iraq, his third tour; he was the S3 with one of the 10th Division (Mountain) Cavalry Squadrons in Afghanistan, his fourth combat tour. It was during this tour that he sustained IED injuries and spent 8 months recuperating at Walter Reed Military Hospital, receiving his first Purple Heart. Todd then served as an XO with another of the 10th Division (Mountain) Cavalry Squadrons at Fort Drum, and as Senior Advisor to the Afghan National Army for his fifth and last combat tour. His awards are as follows: Bronze Star Medal, 4, Posthumous; Purple Heart, 2, Posthumous; Meritorious Service Medal, 3, Posthumous; Army Commendation w/combat distinguishing device "V"; Army Commendation Medal, 4; Army Achievement Medal, 3; Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal w/Bronze Service Star; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Kosovo Campaign Medal With Bronze Service Star; Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, 2; Iraq Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, 4; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon, 3; NATO Medal Kosovo; NATO Medal; Combat Action Badge; Parachutist Badge, Basic; Presidential Unit Citation (Army & Air Force), 2; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army); Overseas Service Bar, 5. Survived by uncles and aunts: Edward V. and Jeanne Owens Casserly, Richard P. and Carolyn Clark of England, Godmother Debra Casserly Warton of California. He is predeceased by his Grandparents: Raymond G. and Gloria M. Sabey Clark, and John T. and Margaret Owens Murphy; Uncle and Godfather Gary E. Clark. Additionally, he is survived by many treasured nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family within the AOH and military communities. There will be a Motorcade from Albany Airport to CBA upon Todd’s arrival on Monday, June 17, 2013 coordinated by the Patriot Guard. Calling hours will be from 3:00pm to 8:00pm on June 17, 2013 at Christian Brothers Academy, Airline Drive, Colonie, NY. Funeral services with full Military honors will be on June 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm at St. Madeline Sophie Church, Carman Rd. Guilderland where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. A Gathering Memorial Reception will take place at the Hibernian Hall, 375 Ontario Street, Albany, NY immediately following the Funeral Service. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home 1701 Austin Highway San Antonio, TX. A celebration of life will be at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2013 in Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, Following services at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, eveyone is invited to a reception at the home of Paul & Courtney Smith in Boerne, TX. (Maps will be provided at the service). Memorial Contributions are requested to the Clark Children Education Trust Fund, c/o New Comer Cannon Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Rd. Albany, NY 12205. Similar contribution arrangements are planned for the Texas iteration. To leave a special message for the family online, visit NewcomerAlbany.com. or www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, June 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 21, 2013
  • Interment Friday, June 21, 2013
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LTC Todd J. Clark, US Army

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Stephen Shea

June 8, 2015

Remember you always on this sad day now two years past for as long as I live. Todd.

Your Friend,

Stephen Shea

June 8, 2015

My condolences to the Clark family, sorry for you loss. Please find comfort in Gods word.

veronica macri

May 23, 2015

Todd, It's been years since I've seen you. We were next door neighbors, Wish I could of spent time with you in your adult time. Sorry we lost communication. Condolences to your family, Kathy, jack and Kyle

Your Friends

July 11, 2013

A true friend - so full of life- your light still burns brite, our fellow Cavalry Trooper. You are missed and loved. Your memories always bring back smiles, laughter and warmth.

Mindy Heiser

July 11, 2013

My Thoughts and Prayers are with the Family and Friends of Lt. COL. Todd J. Clark
at this sorrowful time of loss of your Dear Loved One.
LT. COL. is a true Hero that shall always be remembered for serving his Country with Honor and Bravery, Keeping All So Very Safe.
May LT. Col. Clark's Soul rest in Eternal Peace.

AJ

July 10, 2013

We won't forget

Teresa

July 9, 2013

My deepest sympathy to Lt. Col. Clark's family and friends. May God Bless them during this difficult time and the times to come.

Teresa Bertolino, Soliders Angels
Avery, CA

Laura Jones

July 2, 2013

Todd and I helped each other through Calculus at A&M and became friends. Then we realized my father was in Boozin B2. Prayers for his wife and children, as I am now an Army spouse also. I will continue to pray for them for years and years!

June 28, 2013

Brother Todd,

Your council misses you very much as we mourn the fact that our brother knight is no longer with us. Our sincere sympathies and prayers go out to your family during this difficult time of great pain and sorrow. We especially pray for your family to find solace in knowing that you are now with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

While we grieve our temporary separation from you, we're reminded to celebrate your reunification with God. We also can't help but feel so proud of you, our brother, who accomplished so much in this life while representing our faith and brotherhood so well. We're honored to have known you and ever so genuinely thankful for your service to God and His country.

God Bless you and your family.

Tempus Fugit Memento Mori

Sincerely and fraternally,

Shane Edgar
Grand Knight, PGK
Knights of Columbus
Monterey Council #1465
Monterey, California

LTC Ed Keyrouze

June 26, 2013

Once again a nobile servant of this counties armed forces is taken from us all way too soon. From your brothers & sisters at The Captial District Chapter of the Association of the US Army as well as this Nation, thank you for your gallant service. RIP soldier!!