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|49k||Howard Franklin Clark was born in Wilmington, Del. on 15 September 1914, and graduated from the Naval Academy 2 June 1938. He served at sea until 1940, when he underwent flight training. Reporting to carrier Lexington 1 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, 7-8 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||in 1944 at sea||-|
|156k||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)||Pieter Bakels
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|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)||Robert Hurst|
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