In 1964, I met Howard Clark at the Feast of Tabernacles in Squaw Valley. I was nine years old and my family told me his story, that he'd been divinely healed of paralysis caused by wounds sustained in the Korean War. Today I am a skeptic, and as such, I suspect that if Mr. Clark was healed of anything, it was a psychological "healing." One of the things that was said about it was that the VA continued to pay him full disability, despite his claim that he had been healed. I heard Clark confirm this in a sermon in 1974 or 1977.
I contacted the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri to ask if I could learn anything about his healing from these records. At first I was told that they had located the file and that the information I requested would be sent to me in mid-September at no charge. Then shortly afterwards I was informed that because of his separation date, the entire records were available to the public, and as such were not subject to the Freedom of Information Act. They offered to sell me a complete copy of his personnel file for $70. I sent a check in that amount, but then asked if the information I was seeking would be in that file. The NPRC said that it would not be, no or ever, because it was part of his medical record which is in the custody of the Veterans Administration. Those records are only available to next-of-kin. The NPRC kindly intercepted my check and returned it to me.
One of my relatives was married to a minister of the Worldwide Church of God (known as the Radio Church of God in 1958, when this healing purportedly occurred) who had worked under Howard Clark as a local elder while Clark was pastor of a congregation of the church in El Monte, California. They said, circa 1974, that Clark told them he was in constant pain and wished that God had healed him entirely or not at all.
I wrote to Howard Clark's son several weeks ago, asking if his father, at the end of his life, had still believed he had been divinely healed, because the few individuals I knew of who had known him personally said that it was a topic he didn't talk about much. To date I haven't heard back from him.
If anyone with personal knowledge of Mr. Clark's alleged healing would care to contact me about this story, I would appreciate it very much.