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Displacement 2597 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 381' (oa) x 37' x 13' (Max)
Armament 8 x 5"/38AA (4x2), 8 x 1.1" AA (2x4), 8 x 21" tt.(2x4).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Bethlehem Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 37 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 194.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, MA (YN 1452)
Laid down 02 January 1934
Launched 15 October 1935
Commissioned 20 May 1936
Decommissioned 23 October 1945
Stricken 16 November 1945
Fate Cut up at Philadelphia Navy Yard beginning 29 March 1946

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Clark 98kCharles E. Clark, born 10 August 1843 in Bradford, Vermont, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1863. His Civil War service included command of Ossipee in the Battle of Mobile Bay. Upon the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, Captain Clark commanded Oregon in her dramatic race around Cape Horn, bringing her to Cuba in time to join in the destruction of the Spanish fleet. For this high accomplishment, he was advanced in seniority, and was appointed Rear Admiral 16 June 1902. He died 1 October 1922 at Long Beach, Calif. Digital ID: cph 3b27525, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.Bill Gonyo
USS Clark (DD-361)
Clark 84kUndated, location unknown.-
Clark 104kUndated, location unknown.Derek M. Strahan
Clark 87kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Clark 106kLaunching at Quincy, Massachusetts, 15 October 1935.Ron Reeves
82kAnoher view of the launching.Dave Wright
Clark 90kUnderway in San Diego Harbor, California, March 1938. Photographed from USS Ranger (CV-4). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fabio Peña
Clark 118kUSS Conyngham (DD-371) Maneuvering at sea with USS Reid (DD-369) and USS Clark (DD-361), during the later 1930s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Clark 153kCirca 1941, location unknown. From the collection of Dale Magnus.Carol Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
Clark 62kAustralia in 1941 from the collection of Morris (Morrie) Harnell.Tom Harnell
Clark 64kAs above.Tom Harnell
Clark 41kPortside view of the USS Clark (DD-361) in March, 1941. The letter 'E' on her after funnel indicates her engineering department has been given an award for excellence. Source: Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 008049.Mike Green
Clark 106kPhoto #: NH 66260. USS Clark (DD-361) in Sydney Harbor, New South Wales, Australia, in March 1941 U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert Hurst
Clark 107kSydney harbor on April 7 1941.Tommy Trampp
Clark 82kDestroyer Division Six, Destroyer Squadron Three (DesDiv6, DesRon3) at San Diego, California, in October 1941. Ships are (from inboard): USS Clark (DD 361), Squadron flagship, USS Case (DD 370), Division flagship, USS Cummings (DD 365), USS Shaw (DD 373) and USS Tucker (DD 374). Note that these destroyers are painted in at least two different camouflage schemes. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Joe Radigan
Clark 33kSydney, Australia March 1941.Marc Piché
Clark 111kUSS Clark (DD-361) Underway near the Panama Canal Zone, 26 May 1943. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Clark 162kUSS Clark (DD-361) Underway off the U.S. east coast, 21 January 1945. Photographed from a aircraft of squadron VJ-15. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss

USS CLARK DD-361 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Leo Hewlett Thebaud    May 20 1936 - Jun 18 1938 (Later VADM)

CDR Richard Waller Bates    Jun 18 1938 - Jun 21 1940 (Later RADM)

CDR Thomas Howell Binford    Jun 21 1940 - Dec 30 1940 (Later RADM)

CDR Myron Turner Richardson    Dec 30 1940 - Dec 31 1942 (Later RADM)

LCDR Lawrence Henry Martin    Dec 31 1942 - Jan 31 1944

LCDR Arthur Reberg Manning    Jan 31 1944 - Jan 15 1945

LCDR Robert Henry Hopkins    Jan 15 1945 - Oct 23 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Richard l. Banks.
Address: 260 Cagney Ln., Apt. 202, New Port Beach, Ca. 92663-1615
E-mail: None

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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