SHIELDPer chevron Argent and Gules a crescent counterchanged bearing a torch of the first enflamed Or and Gules and in chief two anchors in saltire Gules.
On a wreath Argent and Gules, a Navy Cross pendant Proper entoured by a chain Or.
Oscar flags, Gules and Or, with the Amphibious Assault insignia counterchanged of the field.
A tripartite scroll Gules inscribed "COURAGE VALOR CONFIDENCE" Argent.
The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on a white circular field within a dark blue designation band, edged gold roped border and bearing the name "USCGC PAUL CLARK" at top and "WPC 1106" at base.
SHIELDThe enflamed torch symbolizes the WWII amphibious invasion, "Operation Torch," during which Fireman First Class Paul Clark served as a landing boat engineer. The crescent is an ancient emblem of North Africa. The sharp point of the chevron refers to Clark's position as beach master where he supervised the unloading of soldiers and supplies from a transport landing craft while turning his back to the enemy. Red signifies the courage that Clark displayed by rescuing two severely wounded crewmembers after receiving heavy machinegun fire. The two crossed anchors, taken from the reverse of the Navy Cross, represent the USS JOSEPH DICKMAN to which Clark was attached and the USS PALMER, the ship to which he transferred the wounded men.
Fireman First Class Paul Clark was awarded the Navy Cross for displaying devotion to duty in the face of the enemy. After rescuing his crewmembers, Clark returned to his station at the beach and completed the boat's mission. The chain symbolizes the landing crafts used by Coast Guardsmen during "Operation Torch." Clark took control of one of those boats to get the injured crewmen to safety.
The motto, "COURAGE VALOR CONFIDENCE," embodies Fireman First Class Paul Clark's extraordinary devotion to duty. Clark's actions continue to inspire Coast Guard men and women today.
The flags represent Paul Clark's role as beach master during "Operation Torch." Paul Clark wore the amphibious assault insignia on his uniform.