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Clark Summit
Deering, NH

Clark Summit as seen from Wilson Hill
Clark Summit as seen from Wilson Hill

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Located north of Crotched Mountain, Clark Summit features views in multiple directions from its ledgy summit.

The peak is named after Clark Poling. A plaque on the summit reads:

"Clark Summit by act of the New Hampshire Legislature January Session 1951. Here Clark Poling loved to be; Here he found himself.
Clark Vandersall Poling. Columbus, Ohio, August 7, 1910. North Atlantic, February 3, 1943. Clark Poling was a boy of this town. As he grew older, he was a friend and a leader of Deering boys.
Citation for the Distinguished Service Cross. Chaplain (First Lieutenant) Clark Vandersall Poling. Army of the United States. For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against the enemy of the United States on the night of 3 February 1943, a loaded troop transport was torpedoed, without warning, by an enemy submarine in the North Atlantic and began to sink rapidly. In the resulting confusion and darkness some men found themselves without life jackets and others became helpless through fear and the dread of plunging into the freezing water. Chaplain Poling heroically and calmly moved about the deck encouraging the men and assisting them to abandon ship. After the available supply of life jackets was exhausted, he gave up his own. He remained aboard ship and went down with it offering words of encouragement and prayers to the last. With Clark Poling on the Dorchester were three other Chaplains who received this citation: John P. Washington, Roman Catholic, Alexander D. Goode, Jewish, and George L. Fox, Protestant.
In addition to the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart, each of the four Chaplains, by act of the 86 Congress of the United States on July 14, 160, signed by the President, was awarded posthumously an "appropriate" Gold Medal with certificate.
These four men of three faiths gave their life jackets and their lives and with arms locked, praying for the safety of their associates went down together. In death they were not divided."

Summit Elevation
1,570 feet

Summit Facilities

Trip Reports:
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Date of Hike Trail(s) Length Steepness Vertical
April 28, 2014 Access road, more Easy Moderate 560'

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