Air Force members say a prayer in honor of Army Lt. Col. Todd J. Clark, right, of Evans Mills, N.Y., and Maj. Jaimie E. Leonard, left, of Warrick, N.Y., at Dover Air Force Base, Del., June 12, 2013 (U.S. Air Force photo/Roland Balik)
COLONIE, N.Y. – The body of Army Lt. Col. Todd Clark arrived in Albany Monday.
Clark was killed June 8 in Afghanistan in a green-on-blue attack. An Afghan officer who was in training with Clark turned on him with a gun.
Clark's body left in a private charter jet from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and arrived at Albany International Airport around 10:00 a.m. Monday. His remains proceeded in a motorcade escorted by more than 100 riders of the Patriot Guard to Christian Brothers Academy, where calling hours will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cars lined Albany Shaker Road where the hearse travelled heading to CBA. The small, yet dedicated group gathered to show their support and respect for the fallen officer. Many saying while they didn't know Clark personally, it was important for them to pay their respects.
Funeral services with full military honors will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Madeline Sophie Church in Guilderland.
Clark was a 1990 CBA graduate. He was on his fifth tour overseas. Clark received the Purple Heart in 2010 when he was injured in an IED attack.
Due to Army regulation, after taking a fallen soldier to Dover, the Army is only required to pay for the flight destined for the service member's final resting place. According to Clark's father, because much of his son's family lives in the Albany area, the family decided to have the services in the Captial Region.
Clark, however, made his home in San Antonio where he will be buried. Clark's parents said donors provided the money to be able to send Clark's body to Texas.
Clark is survived by his wife and two children.
Many of the men women and children that lined the streets
for his return did not know Clark or his family, but they said it was the least
they could do.
"I just hope they get a sense of family and that their
son and her husband weren't forgotten. And I think most people feel the same
way. That we're so busy today that sometimes it's easy to forget, you know go
about our business and forget about these people. Today I felt I had to come
over here and had to make my presence known," said Kevin O'Toole.
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