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Howard Franklin Clark

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Howard Franklin Clark
Born(1914-09-15)September 15, 1914
Wilmington, Delaware
DiedMay 8, 1942(1942-05-08) (aged 27)
at sea Coral Sea
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1938-1942
RankLieutenant (j.g.)
UnitFighter Squadron 3
Lexington (CV-2)
Battles/warsWorld War II
*Battle of the Coral Sea
AwardsDistinguished Flying Cross
(awarded twice)

Howard Franklin Clark was born in Wilmington, Delaware on 15 September 1914. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy on 2 June 1938 and served at sea until 1940, when he underwent flight training to join naval aviation. He reported to the aircraft carrier Lexington (CV-2) on 1 April 1941 as a member of Fighter Squadron 3. Clark won a Distinguished Flying Cross on 20 February 1942 for shooting down an enemy bomber attacking the his carrier. During the Battle of the Coral Sea (7–8 May 1942), Clark repeatedly engaged enemy aircraft, in utter disregard of his own safety, until his plane was shot down. He was posthumously awarded a second Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroism during the battle. The USS Howard F. Clark (DE-533) was launched by the Boston Navy Yard on 8 November 1943; sponsored by Clark's widow; it was commissioned at Boston on 25 May 1944, with Lt. Commander E. B. Hayden in command.[1]


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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  1. "Howard Franklin Clark". United States Navy.