Clark, James Seerley, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 112X, USS Golet (SS-361)
Service Years
1935 - 1944

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cedar Rapids. IA
Last Address
728 Bowdoin Ave
Palo Alto, CA
(Wife~ Helen Armstrong Clark)

Casualty Date
Jun 14, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Courts of the Missing: Court 5 (cenotaph)

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 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2012, World War II Fallen
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
USS Indianapolis (CA-35)US NavySubmarine School Officers BasicUSS Swordfish (SS-193)
USS Archerfish (SS-311)USS Golet (SS-361)
  1935-1937, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
  1937-1938, Commander Cruisers Scouting Force
  1939-1939, Submarine School Officers Basic
  1939-1943, 112X, USS Swordfish (SS-193)
  1943-1943, USS Archerfish (SS-311)
  1944-1944, 112X, USS Golet (SS-361)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1931-1935, United States Naval Academy2
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 16, 1935, Commissioned to Ensign
  Jun 06, 1938, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jan 01, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant
  May 01, 1943, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander (temporary)
  Mar 01, 1944, Promoted to Commander (temporary)
  Jun 10, 2016, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lieutenant James S. Clark took command of Golet, departed Midway Island on 28 May 1944 to patrol off northern Honshū, Japan, and was never heard from again.

Golet had been scheduled to depart her area on 5 July and was expected at Midway Island about 12 July or 13 July. She failed to acknowledge a message sent her on 9 July and was presumed lost 26 July 1944.

Japanese antisubmarine records available after the war revealed that Golet was the probable victim of a Japanese antisubmarine attack made 14 June 1944. These records mention that the attack brought up cork, rafts, and other debris and a heavy pool of oil, all evidence of the sinking of a submarine. See also List of U.S. Navy losses in World War II.

Name of Award
Silver Star
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Commander James Seerley Clark (NSN: 0-75043), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Assistant Approach Officer and also as Torpedo and Gunnery Officer of the U.S.S. SWORDFISH (SS-193), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Pacific Area during World War II. During four hazardous war patrols of his Submarine, Lieutenant Commander Clark rendered invaluable services by his skillful maintenance of torpedoes, insuring consistently straight, accurate runs, and by his splendid initiative in effectively solving the torpedo problem despite severe enemy depth charging and bombing. When the SWORDFISH was assigned two special missions to Corregidor Fortress, Lieutenant Commander Clark greatly assisted in the successful execution of these important tasks. His outstanding ability and inspiring leadership contributed materially to the destruction of eleven hostile vessels and the damaging of another, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 02121 (October 22, 1943)
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Job: Assistant Approach Officer
Vessel: U.S.S. Swordfish (SS-193)
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