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Clark V. Poling

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Clark Vandersall Poling (August 7, 1910 – February 3, 1943) was a minister in the Reformed Church in America and a lieutenant in the United States Army. He was one of the Four Chaplains who gave their lives to save other soldiers during the sinking of the troop transport during World War II. Life Poling was born in Columbus, Ohio, to Dr. Daniel Alfred Poling (1884–1968), an Evangelical minister, and Susan Jane Vandersall (1882–1918). He was raised in Auburndale, Massachusetts, where he attended Whitney Public School. He had three siblings, Daniel, Mary and Elizabeth. His mother died in 1918; his father remarried in 1919 and converted to the Baptist faith, becoming an ordained minister. The family moved to Poughkeepsie, New York, and Poling attended Oakwood School where he excelled on the football team. After graduation he attended Hope College in Michigan and then Rutgers University in New Jersey, graduating in 1933. He then attended Yale Divinity School, graduating in
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