Bakersfield soldier who went missing in action 62 years ago finally brought home

Roosevelt Clark's funeral will be Friday

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Patriot Guard riders met at the Chevron off Taft Highway to pay their respects to Private First Class Roosevelt Clark who was declared missing in action back in 1950.

In past Patriot Guard Rides, local motorcycle riders paid tribute to fallen soldiers by escorting their funeral procession.

But today's ride is particularly special because Roosevelt Clark's ride is 62 years overdue.

The Arvin native and former Bakersfield High School student was only 18-years-old when he was declared missing in action while fighting in Korea.

Thanks to DNA testing, Clark's remains were recently identified and this morning his remains were flown with full military escort and honors to LAX. 

From there he was driven by hearse to Hillcrest Mortuary with local Patriot Guard by his side.

Clark's funeral will be at People's Missionary Baptist Church located at 1451 Madison Street on Friday at 11 a.m. The public is invited to come pay their respects.

Clark would be 80-years-old today.


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