Retired army man Dan Clark fucks shit up at the World Series

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Feelings are heated and divided over the teams and the announcers (poor Joe Buck!), but baseball fans all agree: Retired Marine Sgt. Dan Clark’s rendition of “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch was amazing.

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God bless Sgt. Clark!

Update:

A bit of controversy has developed, because now it seems that Dan Clark is not retired from the Marine Corps. Clark did serve in the Marines, but he retired as a sergeant from the Massachusetts State Police. The Marines had given him permission to wear the dress blues, however. The full story here.

  • gracepmc

    USA! God bless Marine Sgt. Dan Clark (ret.).

  • nc ✓s & balances

    Patriotism Personified!

  • Jeremy

    Great American Patriot thank you sir.

  • Paul Johnson

    This guy looks fake to me and other Marines after reading his bio. His uniform is wrong. His bio said he served 4 years. That was the first giveaway and that ribbon. I think he’s trying to bump up his career but he may have just ended it by doing this.

    • Peter Zachko

      served with him in USMCR back in 85-86. He is more known as a State Trooper, wore his Blues tonight to honor victims of Beruit on this day 30 years ago

      • Paul Johnson

        He should update his bio then. Because it only said he got out in 84. It never said anything about the reserves, and I don’t know what ribbon he’s wearing but it’s not a good conduct so that’s why some red flags went up as well. 2 hash marks and one ribbon just didn’t add up. As a Marine he should know if he puts on that uniform it will have to be correct on national TV or he will be scrutinized.

    • Spike Bement

      My God, go away ya little vampire. That was one of the best renditions I’ve ever heard……quit trying to pick fights.

      • Paul Johnson

        I noticed his uniform is all wrong according to his bio that’s all. I could care less about how he sings.

        • ceemack

          And about grammar, apparently.

          • Guest

            So says the person who confuses sentences with sentence fragments.

    • GaryTheBrave

      For the number of chevrons and he has just one ribbon? Yeah, I agree with you.

    • Guest

      And if he’s ‘retired’, shouldn’t he have more than two hash marks on his sleeve? If he served only four years, he wouldn’t be ‘retired’ (unless most of his service was in the reserves. I’ll join Paul in calling B.S. on this whole schtick.

      Wouldn’t put it past the Red Sox management.

    • Julie the Jarhead

      And if he’s ‘retired’, shouldn’t he have more than two hash marks on his sleeve? If he served only four years, he wouldn’t be ‘retired’ (unless most of his service was in the reserves). I’ll join Paul in calling B.S. on this whole schtick.

      Wouldn’t put it past the Red Sox management.

      That being said, “Go Sox!”

      • http://www.PleasantForestShores.com j5_jhallgren

        I didn’t see the game but know that he’s a retired Sgt. from 20 yrs with the MA State Police (thus he’s known as ‘The Singing Trooper’) — I don’t know if it was said/implied that he retired from USMC — makes a difference.

    • RDeNoyer

      I think the Red Sox management bungled this… From reading what I’ve found.. I think he is retired from the Mass State Troopers, NOT the Corps. That would explain why you see one ribbon, and two hash marks.

      Don’t know this for sure, but seems most likely

  • http://www.PleasantForestShores.com j5_jhallgren

    I’ve seen him in concert on Cape Cod for a few years now — REAL nice guy! — See his web site for more info: http://www.thesingingtrooper.com/

  • Maxx

    I’m a retired Navy man who raised my right hand a few thousand times over the course of my service and I can tell you, a citizen would be hard pressed to find a better salute than what Sgt. Dan Clark provided the nation tonight.

    That’s how it’s done.

    • Al’s Sad Grampa ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Thank you for your service. We all owe you a debt we can never repay.

  • dwsmokin

    He was outstanding! Sad part is, I’d wager half the fans in the park under 30 either don’t know the words or never heard the song before.

    • Bob Richards

      I don’t know about that. My grandson learned the national anthem and GBA in kindergarten this year. My daughter caught him out in the driveway with his hand over his heart singing The Star Spangled Banner facing their flag. Yes, in public school. We do it right in Texas.

      • http://www.saundersreport.com Rachel

        Along with Texas Our Texas!

  • Republicanvet

    Semper Fidelis Marine!

  • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

    Bet that song even gave Chesty a smile. :-)

    • cscape

      to show you how far down the cultural toilet America has fallen…. i will bet that not 100 people at Fenway Park last night have any idea who Chesty Puller was…. nor would they care – to our everlasting shame – what has become of our once great land?!

      • Bob Richards

        Well, I didn’t know either, and I’m about as patriotic as they come. But I do care.

        • Steven A

          He’s one of the most-decorated and oft-quoted Marines in their illustrious history, and served as a Battalion and Regimental commander during WWII and Korea. He’s also one of the most badass human beings to ever grace God’s green.

  • GaryTheBrave

    If he’s retired I don’t think he can wear the uni in public unless called back to active duty. That may be the case if the Marines were asked to provide a singer and they asked this Sargeant to accommodate them.

    • kblue905

      They’re allowed to wear dress uniforms when they are attending any “patriotic parade, or ceremony in which any active or reserve United States military unit is taking part.”

    • cscape

      there is “no such thing” as a “former (retired) Marine”….. Once a Marine – Always a Marine!

  • Jeff Cook

    He is not retired from the Marine Corp and thus he may not wear that uniform as only a retiree may. He retired from the Mass State Police. He and Fox are frauds in this case.

    • cscape

      Once a Marine….. Always a Marine

      • Julie the Jarhead

        But we cannot wear the uniform whenever we want to. We respect the uniform. It’s not a costume for a photo op.

      • Smart Grunt

        As an active Marine, I know the saying. I have a few friends that are out now and can still fit in their blues. That said, Marines hold ourselves to a higher standard and that motto doesn’t give carte blanche to every leatherneck out there to wear our uniform to whatever venue they please. Most people don’t notice things like the ribbons and hash marks, but there are plenty Marines out there that do. We’ve seen enough people out there claiming to be more than they were so we look out for it. Still, it doesn’t take away from his singing ability.

        • cscape

          Retirees. Retired officers and enlisted personnel are entitled to wear the prescribed uniform of the grade held on the retired list when wear of the uniform is appropriate. Wearing a uniform isappropriate for memorial services, weddings, funerals, balls, patriotic or military parades, ceremonies in which any active or reserve United States military unit is participating, and meetings or functions of military associations.

          http://usmilitary.about.com/od/theorderlyroom/a/uniformwearmc.htm

  • DeadlockVictim

    Bunch of Yankees fans on here, sounds like.

    • Julie the Jarhead

      Nope. Just plain old Americans who don’t like seeing the military used as props for a photo op.

  • rssllue

    Awesome to the 10th power!

  • spaceycakes

    he sang the sh*t outta that. OO-rah

  • cscape

    Many ignorant haters are criticizing Sgt. Clark for wearing his dress uniform….. Save your HATE and read this: Retirees: Retired officers and enlisted personnel are entitled to wear the prescribed uniform of the grade held on the retired list when wear of the uniform is appropriate. Wearing a uniform isappropriate for memorial services, weddings, funerals, balls, patriotic or military parades, ceremonies in which any active or reserve United States military unit is participating, and meetings or functions of military associations. (source, About.com)

    • Jimmy Sullivan

      The problem isn’t him wearing the uniform, veterans are allowed to wear the uniform that they EARNED during their service. Sgt. Clark is wearing a uniform with hash marks on his sleeves, which has not been earned since he only served 4 years.

    • Smart Grunt

      How much time in the Corps do you have cscape? He is not a retiree from the Corps, but a retiree from the police. Furthermore, he is not a vet discharged during a declared or undeclared war. He did not rate wearing the uniform. Before you call people out on being haters, get your facts straight. I get that he wanted to honor the Marines that died in Beirut; however, according to the source you just cited, he was WRONG!

      • cscape

        all i know is what they said last night….. that he was USMC retired – on another subject, news is out today that our “President” is changing the “covers” that Marines must wear, to a unisex model…. they resemble the caps worn back in the days of John Phillips Souza – not too happy with that either

        • Patrick Sciortino

          Last time I checked the President isn’t on the uniform board for any of the services. Now I did see some talk that the Marine Corps was looking into possibly going to 1 cover. The photos of the male in the female cover was just terrible, so lets hope someone wakes up and smells the coffee.

  • Mike Noll

    FANTASTIC VERSION MARINE…..FANTASTIC……..THANK YOU

  • Mike Arsenault USMC Grunt

    I have known Dan Clark for 28 years. He was asked to wear the Marine Corps Dress Blue uniform with very short notice. He located a uniform with 2 hash marks indicating 8 years. He was an active duty Marine Corps Sgt. He served from 1980-1984. He was authorized to wear the uniform from senior USMC officials, including the hash marks due to borrowing the Dress Blue uniform for the performance. He did not want to destroy another Marine’s Dress Blue uniform to put 1 hash mark. He is authorized to wear the GCM and Badges. During the early 80’s it was not uncommon to see a SSGT or GYSGT wearing 3 ribbons. He is a retired MA State Police Sgt, with 20 years. They announced him as a “retired Marine” they made the mistake, not him. He is authorized to wear the Marine Corps Dress Blue uniform in this event. This is 100% accurate. I also served on active duty-EAS 4 years-Sgt. MOS 0341. I would like to thank Dan Clark for honoring the Marines that died on Oct 23rd 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon. I was deployed there. Enough of the BS! He nailed “God Bless America” I also know there is no former Marine, we are all Marines…period. Some may have forgotten. S/F USMC Grunt.

  • anonymous

    Thank you Grunt for clearing that up, there were too many uptight people on here that did not get the essence of his performance. It was clearly about our country, and the people who have fought to preserve our freedom. I don’t care if he was a Boy Scout, he did a great job of showing a passion and commitment to our country. Great job Sgt. Clark, and thank you for bringing back a sense of pride watching your performance.