From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Clarence Kasparek '32

Date of birth: 1909

Date of death: August 15, 1938

Age: ~29

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


Clarence was lost when the plane he was piloting crashed during night landing practice in San Diego, California on August 15, 1938.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery with his wife, who survived him. (They were married sometime before January 1936.) He was also survived by "a baby daughter", his mother, and two brothers.


Clarence began his career as an officer aboard USS Concord (CL 10). In the 1934 and 1935 Navy Directories he is listed as an Ensign under instruction at NAS Pensacola, Florida. He earned his wings as naval aviator #4162 on October 30, 1935.

The 1936 Navy Directory lists him as a LTjg with Scouting Squadron (VS) 49, embarked in USS Langley (CV 1). The 1937 Navy Directory lists him as a LTjg with Bombing Squadron (VB) 4B, embarked in USS Saratoga (CV 3). The 1938 Navy Directory has him with Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 based at Coco Solo, Canal Zone (Panama).

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Class of 1932

Clarence is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 in Memorial Hall.