Clark, Philip Spratt, Jr., LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1972-1972, 131X, USS Ranger (CVA-61)
Service Years
1962 - 1972
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Phoenix, AZ
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Dec 24, 1972
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 104 / Section 35, Site 5163

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Dragon Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryAmerican Battle Monuments Commission
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, American Battle Monuments Commission

 Ribbon Bar
Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations
VA-113 StingersUSS Ranger (CVA-61)
  1972-1972, 131X, VA-113 Stingers
  1972-1972, 131X, USS Ranger (CVA-61)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1972-1972 Vietnam War/Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (72-73)/Operation Linebacker II
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1964-1968, United States Naval Academy1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Vietnam Info
  Dec 24, 2013, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt.Cdr. Phillip S. Clark, Jr. was a pilot assigned to Attack Squadron 113 onboard the aircraft carrier USS RANGER (CVA-61). On December 24, 1972, he launched in his A7E "Corsair" as the number two aircraft in a flight of three. Their mission was to mine the Chateau Renaud Channel, Quang Ninh Province, North Vietnam at a point approximately 1/4 nautical mile off the northwestern tip of Ile Rousse.

Low ceilings and reduced visibility necessitated individual attacks into the heavily defended target area. On making individual runs into the target area the number three aircraft saw a parachute floating down through the clouds and heard an emergency radio beeper just prior to bomb release. A momentary emergency radio transmission was heard saying, "I'm in the water with two A-6s passing overhead". This was followed by 2-3 unintelligible transmissions and then then one-way radio contact was lost. 

Search and Rescue (SAR) efforts were initiated immediately but were severely hampered by bad weather conditions and approaching darkness. Numerous fishing boats were seen in the general loss location. SAR efforts were terminated on the third day with negative results.
By the end of the next month, agreements were signed in Paris by Vietnam and the U.S. which would end American involvement in the war in Southeast Asia. By April 1973, 591 Americans had been released from POW camps, but Phillip S. Clark was not one of them. He remained in Missing in Action status until September 21, 1978 at which time his case was reviewed and he was reclassified Presumed Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered, based on no information to indicated that he was alive.

The Vietnamese have continually denied knowledge of Lt.Cdr. Clark even though the area in which he was lost was populous and a number of water craft were in the area that could have picked him up and turned him over to Vietnamese authority.

On November 3, 1989, the Vietnamese returned the remains of Phillip S. Clark, Jr. His family wished no publicity at that time, so the return was not publicized.
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