Musings, leadership tidbits and quotes posted by a retired Navy Captain (really just a high performing 2nd Class Petty Officer) who hung up his uniform a bit too early (even at 30 years). The uniform is in the closet but, he still wears his Navy service on his sleeve. He needs to get over that. But, he just doesn't try hard enough. "ADVANCE WARNING - NO ORIGINAL THOUGHT!" A "self-appointed" lead EVANGELIST for the "cryptologic community". Keeping CRYPTOLOGY alive-one day and Sailor at a time.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Cherokee Indian Naval Aviator Number ONE
Clark was born in Pryor, Oklahoma, on 12 November 1893, son of
Cherokee Indian William A. Clark and Lillie Berry Clark. He attended
Willie Halsell College, Vinita, Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Agricultural
and Mechanical College, at Stillwater; and graduated from the US Naval
Academy with the class of 1918 in June 1917. He was the first Native
American graduate of the naval Academy. He was the first Cherokee Indian
to be designated a naval aviator.
This is one extraordinary individual.
In 1952 he was commander of U.S. SEVENTH Fleet. Admiral Clark was an
honorary chief by both the Sioux and Cherokee nations. He died 13 July
1971 at the Naval Hospital, St. Albans, New York, and is buried in
Arlington National Cemetery.
In addition to the Navy Cross,
the Distinguished Service Medal with Gold Star, the Legion of Merit, the
Silver Star Medal, the Commendation Ribbon, and the Presidential Unit
Citation Ribbon with two stars, Rear Admiral Clark has the Victory
Medal, Escort Clasp (USS North Carolina), and is entitled to the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze "A" (for service in the old USS Yorktown
which operated in actual or potential belligerent contact with the
Axis Forces in the Atlantic Ocean prior to December 7, 1941); the
European-African-Middle Eastern Area Campaign Medal with one bronze
star; the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal with twelve bronze stars;
the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star; and the World
War II Victory Medal.
November is the Navy's focus month for Native Americans. Nice to learn more about our Native American heritage.