CLAY L. PEARSE, ENS, USN
Clay Pearse '13
Date of birth: January 27, 1891
Date of death: June 19, 1915
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."
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.