PHILIP S. CLARK, JR., LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Philip Clark, Jr. '68

Date of birth: January 6, 1946

Date of death: December 24, 1972

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1968 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Find A Grave:

Lieutenant Clark was a member of Attack Squadron 113, Carrier Wing 2 aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS RANGER (CVA-61). On December 24, 1972, he was the pilot of a Vought Attack Aircraft Attack Corsair II (A-7E) with the mission of mining the Chateau Renard Channel, Quang Ninh Province, North Vietnam when his aircraft was shot down. He parachuted safely but was declared missing. His remains were recovered on November 3, 1988 and identified on February 17, 1989. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

Remembrances

From Wall of Faces:

I flew a 3.5 hour search mission looking for 'Flip' on a dismal, gray Xmas day in 1972. We were the only airplane airborne in North Yankee Station - an eerie silence on the airwaves. We called his call sign over and over hoping to raise him on his survival radio. No contact

The North fired a SAM at us at extreme range. A wasted effort but we were not inclined to approach any closer over an overcast. If he had been able to answer, we would have heard him.

We returned to Ranger, just in time for Christmas music over the loud speakers and a special dinner. It was impossible to make the shift and join in.

I think of him often. BRUCE LAUGHTON, BLAUGHN@HOTMAIL.COM, 11/12/11

Family

Philip was survived by his paternal grandmother, Florrie Clark; parents Philip and Harriet; a son, Terence Clark '90, and Sylvester L. Clark (aka Shannon L. Summers/Shannon L. Clark).

Only a few months before leaving for deployment, Philip's wife, Sheryl Ann Taylor, died of cancer (on December 26, 1971). He perished almost exactly a year later, on December 24, 1972.

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Philip's son, Terence Clark '90, was also killed in the line of duty.

Garwood Bacon '68 and Daniel Still '68 were also in 5th Company.


Class of 1968

Philip is one of 29 members of the Class of 1968 in Memorial Hall.