TERENCE L. CLARK, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Terence Clark '90

Date of birth: March 1, 1969

Date of death: February 18, 1996

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

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Loss

Terrence was lost on February 18, 1996 when the F-14D he was aboard suffered engine failure and crashed ~85 miles from Point Loma during a routine training flight. He was a member of Fighter Squadron (VF) 11.

From The Hanford Sentinel on February 21, 1996:

The deadly crash of an F-14D Tomcat, which killed two Navy aviators, occurred when the Tighter was mimicking a cruise missile attack on a Navy warship, a newspaper reported today.

Sunday's crash occurred during a radar exercise where planes mimic the flight of aircraft or an anti-ship missile flying no lower than 500 feet above the sea and “popping up" near the target ship, sources told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The flights can be done at subsonic or supersonic speeds. But a Navy spokesman told the Union-Tribune the speed of the plane at the time of the crash is not yet known.

Investigators don’t know whether the plane caught fire before it slammed into the Pacific Ocean or if it exploded on impact, a Navy source told the paper. But officials said the plane disintegrated on impact.

Killed in Sunday’s crash were during radar exercise Cmdr. L. Scott Lamoreaux, 39, the air operations officer for Cruiser-Destroyer Group Three, and Lt. Terence Clark, 27, a pilot with squadron VF-11 at Miramar Naval Air Station.

Lamoreaux, who was not assigned to VF-11, was acting as the radar intercept officer of the two-scat fighter.

On Tuesday, the Navy said the crash occurred about 85 miles south-southwest of Point Loma. Earlier reports stated the crash was about 120 miles from San Diego. The original estimate was based on the ships location.

The plane had been launched from the carrier Vinson, which has been preparing for deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East.

Pentagon officials said the two recent F-14 accidents don’t merit new safety measures or stand downs.

From Find A Grave:

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in your family and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!

Terry was orphaned at a young age; his mother died of cancer in December 1971, and his father almost exactly a year later in a carrier aircraft accident.

He was survived by his wife, Amanda, sister, Shannon, and grandparents. He is buried in California.

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Terence's father, Philip Clark, Jr. '68, was also killed in a carrier aircraft crash.


Class of 1990

Terence is one of 3 members of the Class of 1990 on Virtual Memorial Hall.