Clark, M. W., AD2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
AD-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Machinist's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1942, AD-0000, VS-6
Service Years
1940 - 1942
AD-Aviation Machinist's Mate

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Home State
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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
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Last Address
Midway Islands

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1942
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Midway Islands
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Body not recovered.

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World War II Fallen
  1942, World War II Fallen

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 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
  1942-1942, AD-0000, VS-6
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On Friday evening, 5 June, ENS Clarence E. Vammen—flying a Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless, with Aviation Machinists' Mate 2d Class M. W. Clark in the rear seat—took off with eight other planes of VS-6, as part of the strike launched to locate and sink what had been erroneously reported as two enemy carriers. Subsequently, the SBD's from Enterprise and Hornet found and attacked what they reported to be a "Japanese CL" (light cruiser)— a ship that turned out to be the destroyer Tanikaze. The Dauntlesses that made the dusk attack failed to score any hits with their 500-pound bombs on the twisting, turning destroyer. Vammen, who had never received instruction in night carrier recoveries, made his first night landing—not on Enterprise, but on Hornet.

The next morning, on 6 June, Vammen joined Hornet's planes in attacking the fleeing Japanese heavy cruisers Mogami and Mikmna, a strike that inflicted such severe damage on the latter that she sank later that day. Unfortunately, Vammen and his gunner failed to return from that mission.

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