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|49k||Howard Franklin Clark was born in Wilmington, Del. on 15 September 1914, and graduated from the Naval Academy 02 June 1938. He served at sea until 1940,
when he underwent flight training. Reporting to carrier Lexington 01 April 1941 as a member of Fighter Squadron 3, he won a Distinguished Flying Cross 20 February 1942
when he brought down an enemy bomber attempting to attack the carrier. During the Battle of the Coral Sea, Clark again and again engaged enemy aircraft, in utter disregard of his own
safety, until his plane was shot down. Lieutenant (j.g.) Clark was posthumously awarded a second Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroism during the battle, 07 - 08 May 1942
USS Howard F. Clark (DE 533) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy, from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1938. )
|103k||08 November 1943: Boston, Mass. - The future USS Howard F. Clark (DE 533) slides down the building way into Boston Harbor.
(Photo from the Boston Public Library collections)
West Chester, Pa.
|286k||12 June 1944: USS Howard F. Clark (DE 533) standing out of the Boston Navy Yard bound for the DD-DE Shakedown Task Group at Great Sound, Bermuda.
(U.S. Navy photo #L45-163.03.01 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|103k||1944: at sea||-|
|306k||This fine bow view shows much interesting detail, including the optical range-finder on the bridge, glass hinged windscreens for the watch officer and captain,
and the loudspeaker for the 'squawk box' action communications system which relays directions to the forward gun and Hedgehog positions. Note the single 40 mm Bofors in No.2 position and the
Hedgehog behind No. 1 mount. All horizontal surfaces are painted dark colour, probably Sea Blue. Note paint work stripped off by sea right forward.
(Photo from the book "U.S. Destroyer Escorts of World War 2" by Peter Elliott)
Wehl, The Netherlands
|77k||1972: Photo of mothballed ships moored together in the muddy waters of the Napa River at Mare Island. From left are Sedgwick County (LST 1123),
an unidentified LST, Owen (DD 536), French (DE 367), an unidentified destroyer, Howard F. Clark, and another unidentified destroyer.
(Photo courtesy of L. Cote, from "Warship Boneyards", by Kit and Carolyn Bonner)
England, United Kingdom
|Howard F. Clark History|
|View the USS Howard F. Clark (DE 533) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Howard F. Clark as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Howard F. Clark's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 25 May 1944 - 20 Oct. 1944||Lcdr. / Cmdr. Eugene Benjamin Hayden, USN (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 20 Oct. 1944 - 15 July 1946||Lcdr. / Cmdr. David C. Miller, USNR (Decomm. CO)|
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