Clark, Laurel Blair Salton, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary NEC
151X-Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer Pilot or NFO
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1996-2003, 151X, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Service Years
1987 - 2003
Medical Corps

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Contact Info
Home Town
Racine, Wisconsin
Last Address

Date of Passing
Feb 01, 2003
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 46, Lot 1180-2

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Last Known Activity
During medical school she did active duty training with the Diving Medicine Department at the Naval Experimental Diving Unit in March 1987. After completing medical school, Dr. Clark underwent postgraduate Medical education in Pediatrics from 1987-1988 at Naval Hospital Bethesda, Maryland. The following year she completed Navy undersea medical officer training at the Naval Undersea Medical Institute in Groton Connecticut and diving medical officer training at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, Florida, and was designated a Radiation Health Officer and Undersea Medical Officer. She was then assigned as the Submarine Squadron Fourteen Medical Department Head in Holy Loch Scotland. During that assignment she dove with US Navy divers and Naval Special Warfare Unit Two Seals and performed numerous medical evacuations from US submarines. After two years of operational experience she was designated as a Naval Submarine Medical Officer and Diving Medical Officer. She underwent 6 months of aeromedical training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Florida and was designated as a Naval Flight Surgeon. She was stationed at MCAS Yuma, Arizona and assigned as Flight Surgeon for a Marine Corps AV-8B Night Attack Harrier Squadron (VMA 211). She made numerous deployments, including one overseas to the Western Pacific, practiced medicine in austere environments, and flew on multiple aircraft. Her squadron won the Marine Attack Squadron of the year for its successful deployment. She was then assigned as the Group Flight Surgeon for the Marine Aircraft Group (MAG 13). Prior to her selection as an astronaut candidate she served as a Flight Surgeon for the Naval Flight Officer advanced training squadron (VT-86) in Pensacola, Florida. Clark was Board Certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and held a Wisconsin Medical License. Her military qualifications included Radiation Health Officer, Undersea Medical Officer, Diving Medical Officer, Submarine Medical Officer, and Naval Flight Surgeon. She was a Basic Life Support Instructor, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider, Advanced Trauma Life Support Provider, and Hyperbaric Chamber Advisor.

Selected by NASA in April 1996, Dr. Clark reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996. After completing two years of training and evaluation, she was qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist. From July 1997 to August 2000 Dr. Clark worked in the Astronaut Office Payloads/Habitability Branch. Dr. Clark flew aboard STS-107, logging 15 days, 22 hours, and 20 minutes in space.

STS-107 Columbia (January 16 to February 1, 2003). The 16-day flight was a dedicated science and research mission. Working 24 hours a day, in two alternating shifts, the crew successfully conducted approximately 80 experiments. The STS-107 mission ended abruptly on February 1, 2003 when Space Shuttle Columbia and the crew perished during entry, 16 minutes before scheduled landing.
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When I was stationed with CAPT Clark, her rank and name were LT Laurel Salton. She was our Undersea Medical Officer for Submarine Squadron-14 in Holy Loch, Scotland. She is the first female that I went to sea on a submarine with where we spent several nights at sea. She would stay in the XO's stateroom as it was the only stateroom other than the CO's that offered any degree of privacy. As the medical officer of our squadron, where there were ony about 40 people of us on staff, we all knew her. She was a great shipmate! There were about five of us from Squadron 14 (including our commodore, RADM Gustavson)who were able to attend her memorial service and funeral at Arlington Cemetery. -Terry Scott, MCPON #10


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Naval Flight Officer Astronaut Wings
Naval Flight Surgeon Wings
Submarine Medical Badge
Diving Medical Officer Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Naval Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU)National Naval Dental Center (NNDC) Bethesda, MD, National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) Bethesda, MDNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonNavy Diving & Salvage Training Center (Faculty Staff)
COMSUBRON 14, COMSUBLANT(NAMI)  Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Naval Operational Medicine Institute   (NOMI)VMA-211MAG-13
VT-86 Saber HawksNational Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  1987-1987, 191X, Naval Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU)
  1987-1988, National Naval Dental Center (NNDC) Bethesda, MD, National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) Bethesda, MD
  1988-1989, 210X, Naval Underseas Medical Institute (NUMI), NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1989-1990, 210X, Navy Diving & Salvage Training Center (Faculty Staff)
  1990-1992, 210X, COMSUBRON 14, COMSUBLANT
  1992-1992, 191X, (NAMI) Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Naval Operational Medicine Institute (NOMI)
  1992-1994, 210X, VMA-211
  1994-1995, 210X, MAG-13
  1995-1996, 210X, VT-86 Saber Hawks
  1996-2003, 151X, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Wisconsin-Madison
  1979-1987, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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