John Crawford Todd Clark was born Oct. 29, 1922, in Fresno County, California. His mother, Ellen Todd Clark, was a homemaker and Scottish immigrant. His father, Joseph Clark, was a farmer and Irish immigrant.
The spring 1940 Census says John had completed one year of high school and in 1939 was a farm worker.He enlisted in the Navy on Nov. 5, 1940, and was a fireman 3rd class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.