JAMES S. CLARKSON, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Clarkson '30

Date of birth: December 30, 1906

Date of death: February 9, 1942

Age: 35

Lucky Bag

From the 1930 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From Naval Bulletin of June 1942:

Chief Machinist’s Mate, DeVries, was posthumously commended for attempting to rescue the late Lieutenant James S. Clarkson, U. S. Navy, from asphyxiation and drowning aboard a naval vessel on February 7, 1942. Lieutenant Clarkson had been overcome by gas in a compartment in which he was working and had fallen into about two feet of water. DeVries’ commanding officer reported that after entering the compartment he became aware of the’ presence of gas, and instead of attempting to leave the unconscious officer and save his own life, warned other men not to enter the dangerous space and directed them to get a line with which to remove Clarkson. Both Lieutenant Clarkson and Chief Machinist’s Mate DeVries perished in the compartment.

James is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He was survived by a son, who is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery; the son retired as a Lieutenant Commander.

Navy and Marine Corps Medal

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (Posthumously) to Lieutenant James S. Clarkson, United States Navy, for heroic conduct as a volunteer diver engaged in Pearl Harbor salvage operations following the Japanese attack on 7 December 1941. Lieutenant Clarkson unhesitatingly made many hazardous dives in essential underwater work and by his tireless efforts contributed greatly to the success of the salvage operations.

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (Posthumously) to Lieutenant James S. Clarkson, United States Navy, for heroic conduct as a volunteer diver engaged in Pearl Harbor salvage operations following the Japanese attack on 7 December 1941. Lieutenant Clarkson unhesitatingly made many hazardous dives in essential underwater work and by his tireless efforts contributed greatly to the success of the salvage operations.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 325 (April 1944)
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant


Class of 1930

James is one of 41 members of the Class of 1930 in Memorial Hall.