James Clark

James Clark is a staff writer for Task & Purpose. He served in the Marine Corps as a combat correspondent from 2008-2012, deploying twice to Afghanistan with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, taking part in the battle of Marjah in 2010, and again in 2011 to Sangin and Kajaki Sofla. He has worked as a print reporter, photojournalist, digital engagement editor, and researcher.

Recent articles from James Clark

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Gear & Tech
The Lamest Hobby Led To This Lifesaving Bulletproof Shield
A group of engineers designed a bulletproof shield that’s light, portable, and inspired by origami. Which is neat.
An ambush of tigers tears a drone apart.
Gear & Tech
Watch Tigers Tear A Drone Out Of The F**cking Sky
These tigers decided to go ham on a drone, and someone was on hand to film it.
Soviet soldiers hoist the red flag over the Reichstag in Berlin.
News
Russian WWII Theme Park Lets Kids Fight The Battle Of Berlin
A new attraction at a Russian theme park lets kids recreate the final moments of World War II’s Battle of Berlin.
"The Pacific," from left to right, David Ludlow, James Badge Dale, Sebastian Bertoli, Josh Helman.
Entertainment
5 Things You Never Knew About ‘The Pacific’
Here are five things that you never realized about HBO’s award winning show “The Pacific.”
A photo of John L. Burns, a veteran of the War of 1812, sitting in the rocking chair outside of his cottage, with gun and crutches nearby.
History
He Watched The Battle Of Gettysburg From His House, Then Joined In
John L. Burns was a 69-year-old veteran who was still so full of piss and vinegar that he saw the Battle of Gettysburg from his house and joined in.
The French air force is training golden eagles to take out drones.
Gear & Tech
Killer Golden Eagles Take To The Skies Over France To Slay Drones
The French air force is training golden eagles to repel drones and reclaim the skies.
The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon marches in front of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial on their way to perform for the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington April 12, 2014.
Community
Why The Marine Corps Is Taking A Break From ‘The Few, The Proud’
The Marine Corps is temporarily dropping its iconic slogan in favor of a new ad campaign.
Congressman Walter Jones speaks to reporters during a press conference at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 16, 2017.
News
These Congressmen Are Fighting To Clear Names Of Marines Abandoned By The Corps
A bipartisan group of Marine veterans in Congress are on a mission to clear the names of a group of MARSOC Marines.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Harold "Hal" Moore Jr. attends the West Point football spring scrimmage at Doughboy Stadium in Fort Benning, Ga. March 9, 2012.
News
Legendary Soldier Hal Moore Will Be Laid To Rest With A Public Funeral
The public has been invited to attend the funeral of retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, who was depicted in the film “We Were Soldiers.”
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News
This Marine’s Court Case Reads Like A Police Blotter Highlight Reel
This ex-Marine put his Uber driver in a chokehold while going 65 miles per hour and then somehow dodged a felony charge.
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History
For 25 Years, This Marine Kept A Dark Secret That Involved A Famous Disney Cartoon
The voice of Disney’s Bambi was actually a United States Marine who served three tours in Vietnam.
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Family & Relationships
This Texas Man Was A Dirtbag To His Family. When He Died, They Got Their Revenge
The man’s family published what is easily the most brutally honest obituary ever written.
A screenshot from a YouTube video by the Equal Justice Initiative.
History
This Animation Tells The True Story Of A Soldier Who Was Lynched For Being Black In 1898
This animated short film tells the tragic story of a black soldier who was lynched in 1898, after recently returning home.
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Gear & Tech
This Crazy Inventor Built A Lifesize AT-AT Walker In His Backyard
Inventor Colin Furze may have made the greatest playhouse ever for his kid: An AT-AT walker from Star Wars that’s taller than his actual home.
A YouTube screenshot of a video spoof called "Dog Wick" by Rocket Jump.
Entertainment
In Hilarious ‘John Wick’ Spoof, The Dog Is Back And Looking For Vengeance
This video answers two key questions: What if John Wick died instead of his dog? And what if his dog was actually a highly trained killing machine?
Dr. Ryan Kincer demonstrates the elasticity of the authentic Pacific hagfish slime aboard Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) Nov. 29, 2016.
News
Here’s Why The Navy Is After This Fish’s Slimy Snot
The hagfish can create slime underwater to protect itself from attackers and the Navy has some ideas on how to use it.
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Gear & Tech
This Theme Park Lets You Drive A F**king Tank Through A House
Forget Disneyland, this theme park puts you in the driver’s seat of a tank and lets you crush cars and houses.
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Humor
Tricare Made A Joke About Military Dependents And People Loved It
Tricare recently made a dig at military dependents on Facebook, then they took it down, but now people want it back.
Maj. Gen. Thomas Deale, air combat command director of operations, presents retired Staff Sgt. Benjamin Hutchins, 18th Air Support Operations Group joint terminal attack controller, with the Silver Star Medal during a ceremony, Nov. 4, 2016 at Pope Army Airfield in North Carolina.
Unsung Heroes
UNSUNG HEROES: This Airman Dove Into A River To Recover 2 Men While Under Fire
This airman broke cover, charged across open ground, and blew up an enemy fighting position days after diving into a river under fire to try to rescue two soldiers.
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News
ISIS Fighters Are Turning Into Malingerers To Get Out Of Combat
You know you’ve got your enemy on the ropes when he goes to the doctor's office before you kick his ass.