CLARK, Charles, Jr., CAPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1964-1967, 114X, US Defense Attache Office (USDAO)/Madrid, Spain
Service Years
1939 - 1967
Captain
Captain

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Plattsburgh, Clinton County, NY
Last Address
North Egremont, Massachusetts

Date of Passing
Dec 16, 2008
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot 60, Grave 8886

 Official Badges 

Joint Chiefs of Staff US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon

Cold War Veteran Diesel Boats Forever Officer


 Military Association Memberships
Navy League of the United StatesUnited States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI)
  1950, Navy League of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1963, United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


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Captain Charles Robert "Bob" Clark, Jr., U.S.N. (Ret.)

 
Bob was US Submarine Veteran-World War II, a time when one of four did not return from Patrol. He was the youngest submarine commander in World War II. He earned the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star with Valor, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 3 stars, and the Submarine Combat Patrol Insignia with 4 stars during his wartime service.
 
He was a member of the US Submarine Veterans Holland Club with over 50 years of being qualified in submarines. Bob received the Joint Service Commendation Award for originating the trapezoidal area theory and predicting the location of Soviet Strategic Missiles in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis (October 1962). He received a Letter of Appreciation from Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul H. Nitze for outstanding performance of duty while Naval Attaché; in Madrid, Spain, for the rapidly changing situation in the Middle East in June 1967 (Arab-Israeli Conflict - the Six Day War ( 5-10 June 1967). Bob received the Spanish White Naval Merit Cross from the Spanish Navy.
 
He was a former National Treasurer and life member of the Navy League of the United States. He founded the first Overseas Council of the Navy League of the United States in Havana, Cuba, in the late 1950's. Bob spent, on and off, over 20 years living and working in the Washington, D. C. area.
 
Bob Clark was the son of Captain Charles Robert Clark, Sr. of Champlain, New York, (USNA Class of 1907). He attended the Virginia Military Institue in Lexington, Virginia, for one year (1934-35) before being appointed to the United States Naval Academy, graduating in the Class of 1939 on June 1, 1939. After graduation, Bob served on the cruiser USS SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38) for four months, and then on the destroyer USS FAIRFAX (DD-93) for a year of North Atlantic patrol. He was chief engineer on the FAIRFAX when the ship was turned over to the British in November 1940. Bob served as radio officer on the Flagship of the Atlantic Fleet, the battleship USS TEXAS (BB-35). At the time, the TEXAS was directing the escort of convoys to Britain. Bob was radio officer on the TEXAS when the first official news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor was received; Bob was assigned to the Submarine School in New London, Connecticut. He graduated top in his class, and remained at the Submarine School as an instructor. He then served a year (March 1942-March 1943) on the O class training submarine USS 0-2 (SS-63). He went as Chief Engineer of the Gato class submarine USS DACE (SS-247). He made two war patrols in the Pacific on the DACE before being detached in February 1944 to become Executive Officer (EXEC) on the Commissioning Detail of the Balao class submarine USS SENNET (SS-408). He made 3 war patrols as EXEC on the SENNET for which he received the Bronze Star with Valor: Submarine War Patrol (8-31 January 1945); Iwo Jima Operations - Assault and Occupation of Iwo Jima (15 February-16 March 1945); Okinawa Gunto Operations - Assault and Occupation of Okinawa (24 March-30 June 1945). In May 1945, he fleeted up to Commanding Officer (CO) for one more war patrol on the SENNET (1 July-9 August 1945). The SENNET entered the Sea of Japan through the narrow trench in the heavily mined Tsushima Straits, sank 4 Japanese merchant ships, and returned to safety through the La Ferouse Straits - despite a virtually depleted oxygen supply. The SENNET returned to base a week before World War II ended. This was the last full-fledged convoy battle of the Pacific Campaign. Bob was awarded the Navy Cross for this action and the entire crew became members of the Mighty Mine Dodgers Society.
 
Bob retained command of the SENNET until April 1946. In June 1946, Bob was assigned to the Fleet SONAR School in Key West, Florida, to establish and head up the Submarine SONAR School. In June 1948, he took command of the submarine USS QUILLBACK(SS-424), which was assigned to the Navy Underwater Sound Laboratory in New London, Connecticut. In September 1950, he went to the Office of Naval Research in Washington, D. C. From October 1951 to mid-1957, he was assigned in RI: as Operations Officer, Fleet Training Unit, Narragansett Bay; in command of the destroyer USS HAWKINS (DDR-873) out of Newport; and in the Readiness and Training Section of the Staff Commander, Destroyer Force US Atlantic Fleet in Newport. He reported for duty as US Naval Attaché, Havana, Cuba, in September 1957. He served as Attaché through the fall of the Batista government and almost two years of Fidel Castro's rule. He departed Havana in August 1960, shortly before the US broke relations with Cuba. While in Cuba, he took his family on a picnic outing; during which he did a survey of the Bay of Pigs. He was then assigned as CO of the destroyer tender USS TIDEWATER (AD-31), based out of Norfolk, Virginia. During his command, the ship was Runner-Up for the Battle Efficiency for 1961. In November 1961, Bob reported to the Joint Staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. His last active duty assignment was as US Naval Attaché, Madrid, Spain, from June 1964 until September 1967.
 
After retirement Bob worked as an Account Executive for Merrill Lynch in Washington D.C. for 16 years.
 
Clark was buried with Full Military Honors in Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday March 10, 2009.
   
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 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyUSS Texas (BB-35)NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
USS Dace (SS-247)USS Sennet (SS-408)Fleet Sonar A School USS Quillback (SS-424)
Office of Naval Research (ONR)USS Hawkins (DDR-873)CNO - OPNAV/Naval Attache/Asst Naval AttacheUSS Tidewater (AD-31)
Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)/US Defense Attache Office  (USDAO)
  1935-1939, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1939-1939, 116X, USS San Francisco (CA-38)
  1939-1940, 111X, USS Fairfax (DD-93)
  1940-1941, 111X, USS Texas (BB-35)
  1941-1942, 117X, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1942-1943, 112X, USS O-2 (SS-63)
  1943-1944, 112X, USS Dace (SS-247)
  1944-1945, 112X, USS Sennet (SS-408)
  1945-1946, 112X, USS Sennet (SS-408)
  1946-1948, 112X, Fleet Sonar A School
  1948-1950, 112X, USS Quillback (SS-424)
  1950-1951, 112X, Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  1951-1957, 111X, USS Hawkins (DDR-873)
  1957-1960, 114X, CNO - OPNAV/Naval Attache/Asst Naval Attache
  1957-1960, 114X, Havana, Cuba
  1960-1961, 111X, USS Tidewater (AD-31)
  1961-1964, 114X, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1964-1967, 114X, US Defense Attache Office (USDAO)/Madrid, Spain
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1939-1941 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
 Colleges Attended 
Virginia Military InstituteUnited States Naval Academy
  1934-1935, Virginia Military Institute
  1935-1939, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  General Photos12
  Spanish White Naval Merit Cros1
  Sep 21, 1945, Awarded the NAVY CROSS2
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