Army Pfc Clark was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. Clark was killed when the Humvee he was driving was struck by a homemade bomb during combat patrol operations. Eric attended St. Therese Elementary School, St. Joseph Jr. High School and was a 2001 graduate of Indian Trails Academy. But then came September 11, 2001, and the attacks motivated him to join the Army. He wanted to defend his country and secure a better future for himself so he enrolled in an accelerated program, allowing him to achieve a higher military rank when he began his service career. His military career included: Boot Camp at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, graduating in May 2003.
He was then deployed to Korea, at Camp Hovey – 2-17th Artillery “Steel Battalion” Alpha Battery serving from June 2003 to July 2004. Eric achieved placement in 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York in July 2004, then was deployed to Iraq in August 2005. He was due home in July and had already started counting down the days. His awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Eric was a talented musician who played flute and drums. He was also a real cutup who would memorize lines from movies and do impersonations of famous actors. His passion for acting was fueled by working at the local movie theater.
He also wanted to help children when he got out of the Army and had planned to go to college and become a teacher. Eric was an incredible person who could make anyone feel good. He could put a smile on your face and touched people’s hearts and minds wherever he went; everyone loved him.
22, of Pleasant Prairie, Wis.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.; killed May 11 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat patrol operations in Baghdad. Also killed was Pfc. Stephen P. Snowberger III.