STANTON F. KALK, LTJG, USN
Stanton Kalk '16
Date of birth: October 14, 1894
Date of death: December 6, 1917
From the 1916 Lucky Bag:
Stanton was lost when USS Jacob Jones (Destroyer No. 61) was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine between Brest, France, and Ireland. He was the officer of the deck, and "though stunned by the explosion and weakened by his action after the ship went down, Kalk swam from one raft to another in an attempt to equalize weight on them. Displaying "extraordinary heroism," he disregarded his own condition while endeavoring to save the lives of his men. Game to the last, Kalk overtaxed his own strength; he died from exposure and exhaustion."
Stanton began his career aboard the battleship USS Florida; he reported to Jacob Jones in September 1917.
From Hall of Valor:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Stanton Frederick Kalk, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession on the occasion of the destruction of the U.S.S. JACOB JONES by a submarine, on 6 December 1917. Lieutenant Kalk, as Officer of the Deck, when the submarine was sighted, took prompt and correct measures in maneuvering to avoid the torpedo, and later showed extraordinary heroism in sacrificing himself by giving up his place on a life raft to make room for others, as a result of which splendid self-sacrifice, he lost his life.
General Orders: Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Division: U.S.S. Jacob Jones
Norman Scott '11 was the executive officer of Jacob Jones when she was torpedoed.