Fallujah Iraq on or about 6 November 2004
Outside Fallujah, November 2004

My Approach

My philosophy here is to be open and candid as possible.  I read a lot of things on the Web before I retired but nothing truly resonated with me in terms of what I would see and feel.  Perhaps my voice and thoughts may help others - I am certain it will help me.

I write from the perspective of a retired US Army field grade officer.  There are many articles, posts, and advice that speak to veterans in general.  I want to add something that I did not find when I was transitioning out that speaks to this small group.  If the words help others too I would be pleased by that.

My Story

Who I am will progressively elaborate over time in my writing.  However the short of it is I spent just over 33 years in the Army, 23 of those on active duty and 19 of those as a commissioned officer.

I retired as a Major, in historical times that might have been respectable, nowadays others might wonder why.   I choose to retire, was not passed over and not sent away - it was time to go.   Being prior enlisted gave me that fine option.

I loved the Army, loved most of the work I did.  I was not the best officer to have ever served, I viewed the profession differently than some, had a smart mouth and sometimes marched to my own drum - I did make a couple of enemies - but I can honestly say that in the times I did what God created me to do I did it well.

I am a Christian, the father of two kids one in college and one graduated, a good husband to my wife and nice to her dog. I also love my buddy Cooper Dog.

Member of:

  • South Carolina Historical Society
  • South Carolina Genealogical Society
  • Association of Old Crows

Barry Lee Clark

Read more about my mission here at Finding Purpose

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