ROBLEY W. CLARK, CAPT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robley Clark '24

Date of birth: April 23, 1902

Date of death: May 1, 1945

Age: 43

Lucky Bag

From the 1924 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Robley was lost on May 1, 1945 when USS Terror (CM 5) was struck by a kamikaze while at anchor at Kerama Retto (near Okinawa). Forty-seven other officers and men were also lost in this attack. He was serving as Operations Officer, Commander Minesweepers Pacific.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by his daughter. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Career

He was commanding officer of USS Hopkins (DMS 13) from August 1940 until sometime in 1941.

Robley was the navigator aboard USS Phoenix (CL 48), anchored at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. (Note: despite his grandniece's story, he did not "save the Phoenix;" that ship was never taken under fire by the Japanese and did not get underway until several hours after the attack.)

Legion of Merit

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain Robley Westland Clark, United States Navy, was awarded the Legion of Merit (Posthumously) for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Operations Officer on the staff of Commander Minesweepers Pacific from 14 October 1944 to 1 May 1945.

Service: Navy
Rank: Captain
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 349 (April 1946)

Bronze Star

Unable to find the full citation, but Robley's Bronze Star medal is pictured twice on Wikipedia. "Medal has additional combat distinguishing device, or "V". Medal was awarded to Captain Robley. W. Clark as commander of the Mine, Net and Hydrographic group attached to a Naval Attack Force during operations for the occupation of Ulithi Atoll. The medal is engraved on the reverse, 'Captain Robley W. Clark USN Sep 2-25 1944.'" This was for his service as commander Task Unit 33.13.1, which consisted of two "light minelayers… four minesweepers, and seven motor minesweepers."


Class of 1924

Robley is one of 41 members of the Class of 1924 in Memorial Hall.