General Wesley K. Clark was born in Chicago on December 23, 1944, and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1962, he graduated from Hall High School. When he was seventeen he applied and was accepted to West Point and graduated in 1966 as top of class. He also earned a Master's Degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University and received the Rhodes scholar award. He is a retired military officer and carried the rank of four-star general and NATO Supreme Allied Commander.
General Clark has received many awards from the U.S. and foreign militaries. The awards are the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. He received honorary Knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments and was made a commander of the French Legion of Honor. In August 2000, President Clinton awarded General Clark with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. Wesley Clark has been married for thirty-six years to his wife Gert.
They currently reside in Little Rock, Arkansas and they have one son, Wesley, a screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles.
With the two-thousand four election, Clark's vision is that "a New American Patriotism calls for leadership that will make the right choices for all of our people as we confront enormous historic challenges: the right choices to make our country stronger, the right choices for health care, the right choices for the economy, and the right choices for national security." This is what Clark says he is going to do for the people.