Clarke, Joseph Benedict, EM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1944, EM-0000, USS Trout (SS-202)
Service Years
1941 - 1944
EM-Electrician's Mate

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Columbus, GA
Last Address
Columbus, GA

Casualty Date
Feb 29, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Last Known Activity

The last patrol 

On 8 February 1944, the submarine began her 11th and final war patrol. Trout topped off with fuel at Midway Island and, on 16 February, headed via a great circle route toward the East China Sea.

Japanese records examined after the war indicate that one of their convoys, Matsu No. 1, was attacked by a submarine on 29 February 1944 in the patrol area assigned to Trout. Carrying the 29th Infantry Division of the Kwantung Army from Manchuria to Guam, Matsu No. 1 consisted of four large transports escorted by three Yugumo-class destroyers of Destroyer Division 31: Asashimo, Kishinami, and Okinami. The submarine badly damaged one large passenger-cargo ship and sank the 7,126-ton transport Sakito Maru, which was carrying the Japanese 18th Infantry Regiment. Asashimo detected the submarine and dropped 19 depth charges. Oil and debris came to the surface and the destroyer dropped a final depth charge on that spot, at the position 22.40′N 131.45′E / 22.667'N 131.75'E / 22.667; 131.75Coordinates: 22.40′N 131.45′E / 22.667.N 131.75.E / 22.667; 131.75. The submarine was using Mk. XVIII electric torpedoes, and it was also possible that one of those had made a circular run and sunk the boat, as happened with Tang.

On 7 April 1944, Trout was declared presumed lost with all 81 hands, including Commander Clark and his executive officer, Lt. Harry Eades Woodworth, both of whom had made all 11 war patrols.

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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Trout (SS-202)
  1942-1944, EM-0000, USS Trout (SS-202)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1944-1944 USS Trout (SS-202)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 13, 1941, Service Entry Date and Serial Number
  Apr 18, 1942, For Fleet Transfer VIA Passenger on USS Wharton
  Apr 28, 1942, Transferred to Receiving Station Pearl Harbor FFT SUBRON SIX
  Apr 29, 1942, For Fleet Transfer VIA Passenger on USS Triton
  May 19, 1942, Transferred To USS Trout
  Jul 01, 1942, Promoted EM3c
  Feb 01, 1943, Promoted EM2c
  Feb 01, 1944, Promoted EM1c
  Apr 07, 1944, Declared Missing in Action
  Apr 08, 1945, Changed to Presumed Dead
  Jul 06, 2016, General Photos1
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenWWII Memorial National Registry
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, World War II Fallen
  2016, WWII Memorial National Registry
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