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USS Tidewater (AD-31)
Patch at left Si Dougherty, patch at right Bill & Beve Doran
CAPT. Charles Robert Clark, Jr. USN. (Obituary)
Captain Charles Robert Clark, Jr. USN Ret. died December 16, 2008. He was born May 28, 1918. Captain Clark was 90 and died from ALS. His Father was a Captain in the Navy during WWI. Captain Clark was the youngest submarine commanding officer during WWII and most of his duty was with the Submarine Service. After graduating from the Naval Academy in June of 1939 he was assigned to the USS San Francisco CA38. Then the USS Fairfax DD93. Next as Radio Officer aboard the USS Texas BB35. He was aboard the Texas when Pear Harbor was attacked. His next assignment was the U.S. Submarine School where he graduated the top of his class and was made an instructor at the school. In 1942-43 he was assigned to the submarine SS63, and then to the USS Dace SS247 as Chief Engineer. His next assignment was X.O. of the USS Sennett SS408. He made 3 war patrols with this command and earned the Bronze Star. In May of 1945 he was made Commanding Office of the Sennett and participated in war patrols. During that time they sunk four Japanese ships and was awarded the Navy Cross.
He was then sent to the U.S. Sonar School as the Commander in Key West. Then as Commanding Officer of the USS Quillback SS424. After that duty he was made Staff Officer at ONR. His next duty was Commanding Officer of the USS Hawkins DDR873. Next he was assigned to COMDESLANT as a Staff Officer. In 1957 He reported for duty as Naval Attaché in Havana, Cuba where he remained until being assigned to the USS TIDEWATER AD31 as Commanding Officer. In 1961 the Tidewater was runner up for the Battle Efficiency "E". His next assignment was JCS and then as Naval Attaché in Madrid Spain where he retired in 1967. His wife Micky survives and they were married for 66 years. Captain Charles Robert "Bob" Clark was buried in Arlington with full military honors.
From the Washington Post. Contributed by Jerry Rarden, USS Tidewater AD31 1951-53. Submitted by Robert Hall, USS Tidewater AD31, 1968-71