From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Clay Pearse '13

Date of birth: January 27, 1891

Date of death: June 19, 1915

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1913 Lucky Bag:

Life & Loss

Clay died on June 19, 1915 at the Marine Hospital, Key West, Florida. Shortly before he died it was reported he had a "critical illness." He was "third officer on board a United States gunboat on patrol duty in Mexican waters."

From The Des Moines Register:

Ensign Pearse was born in Geneva, Ia., and was graduated two years ago from the United States Naval academy. He had seen active service since. He served on the New Hampshire much of the time and took an active part at the landing of Vera Cruz, where he was second in command of a company in charge of Ensign Wright, also of Iowa.

Clay is buried in Iowa.

Class of 1913

Clay is one of 9 members of the Class of 1913 on Virtual Memorial Hall.