Nancy Clarke | MVH South Paris Veteran Stories | U.S. Army | 1975-1978

Author: MVH South Paris
Posted: December 26, 2018
Category: Maine Veterans of the Month

Nancy Clarke was born in Danvers, Massachusetts, where she lived with her parents and two sisters Maura and Catherine.  She graduated from Danvers High School where she often would wear the Freddy Falcon Mascot costume for the football games.  While in high school, she was active in the school variety shows and could be found performing in musical shows.  One of Nancy’s enjoyments growing up was spending time walking whether it was at the family’s summer cottage in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, or walking on the beach at Cape Cod.

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SPC Nancy Clarke, circa 1975

Nancy enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 1975 and was honorably discharged in February 1978 at the rank of specialist four.  She served as an Administrative Specialist in addition to her duties with the Military Police.  For her service she received her Marksman Badge .38 caliber pistol, Marksman Badge M-16 Rifle and The Army Commendation Medal.  In addition to her service, she had the opportunity to be the pianist for the Army-Navy Band. 

Following Nancy’s discharge from the military, she used the G.I. Bill to return to school and earn her Doctorate’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University.  Following her education, Nancy became actively involved in the Boston political scene.  She had the opportunity to work under Michael Dukakis in addition to John Kerry when he ran for president in 2004.  She helped veterans find housing during the week of John Kerry’s campaign convention in Boston. When Mikhail Gorbachev came to the U.S., she sat in the audience for one of his appearances and was chosen to ask him a question.  She could be seen often as a guest on the show “People are talking” on WBZ Channel 4 in Boston.  Nancy helped start Boston’s Veterans for Peace Chapter which they still use today called “Smedley Butler Brigade.”  Even though Nancy was busy, she found time to volunteer at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. Nancy later worked as a Professor of Counseling at Penn State.       

Nancy came to the MVH South Paris in September 2014 and resides on our C unit.

Thank You, Nancy, for your service to our nation!

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