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USS Howard F. Clark (DE 533)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - O - K
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 3 stars - WWII Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Howard F. Clark (DE 533) Building and Operational Data:
  • 08 October 1943: Keel laid at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 08 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Bess Merrick Clark, the widow of Lt. Clark
  • 25 May 1944: Commissioned at Boston, Lcdr. E. B. Hayden in command
  • 15 July 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 1⅔ months of service having steamed 86,221 miles
  • 20 December 1946: Inactivation completed at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Submarine Group Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 15 May 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 06 September 1973: Sold for scrapping
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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. )
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    Howard F. Clark 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)
    John Chiquoine
    West Chester, Pa.
    Howard F. Clarke 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)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    Howard F. Clark 103k 1944: at sea -
    Howard F. Clark 108k September 1944: the Pacific Ocean - USS Howard F. Clark (DE 533) at sea. Tim Smith
    Greeneville, Tenn.
    Howard F. Clark 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)
    Pieter Bakels
    Wehl, The Netherlands
    ***French / Clark*** 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)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    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. 1944Lcdr. / Cmdr. Eugene Benjamin Hayden, USN (Comm. CO) (Owensboro, Ken.)
    2.) 20 Oct. 1944 - 10 July 1946Lcdr. / Cmdr. David C. Miller, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Royal Oak, Mich.)

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