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Adm Joseph James "Jocko" Clark
Birth: Nov. 12, 1893
Pryor
Mayes County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Jul. 13, 1971
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

US Navy Admiral. A highly decorated military officer, his career spanned World Wars I and II, and the Korean War. Born in Pryor, Oklahoma, his parents were Cherokee Native Americans. After completing high school, he attended Willie Halsell College at Vinita, Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College at Stillwater, Oklahoma before being selected to attend the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, where he played lacrosse and soccer. His nickname "Jocko" originated from his first days at the US Naval Academy and in 1917 he became the first Native American to graduate from the Academy. During World War I he served on the cruiser USS North Carolina, engaged in convoying troops across the Atlantic. Following the war he remained at sea, serving on the destroyers USS Aaron Ward, USS Aulick, and USS Brooks in the Near East, later commanding the USS Brooks upon return to the US, and as Executive Officer of the USS Bulmer, employed by the American Relief Administration and the Near East Relief. In 1923 he returned to the US and became an instructor at the US Naval Academy. In 1924 he trained to become a naval aviator and received his wings in March 1925, after which he served with Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, as flight officer of Utility Squadron 1, aviation officer of the battleship USS Mississippi, and aviation technical advisor to Commander Battleship Division 3. From 1931 until 1932 he commanded Fighting Squadron 2-B of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington, and became the air officer of that carrier from 1936 until 1937. From 1938 until 1939 he served as Executive Officer of the Fleet Air Base, Naval Air Station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, with additional duty as commander of Patrol Wing 2. In 1940 he became Inspector of Naval Aircraft, Curtiss-Wright Corporation, Buffalo, New York, and from 1940 until 1941 he was the Executive Officer of the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida. He was serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown when the US entered World War II, and subsequently participated in the raid on the Marcus and Gilbert Islands in the Pacific Theater. He commissioned the aircraft carrier USS Suwanee, and commanded that carrier escort during the assault and occupation of French Morocco in November 1942. In February 1943 he was assigned to the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company at Newport News, Virginia for fitting out the new aircraft carrier USS Yorktown 4th vessel of that name) and then commanded her, from commissioning in April 1943 to February 1944, in combat operations against Marcus, Wake, Mille, Jaluit, Makin, Kwajalein and Wotje, in the Pacific Theater. He was promoted to the rank of rear admiral and became a Task Group Commander of carriers and screening vessels operating alternately with the 1st and 2nd Carrier Task Groups of the Pacific Fleet. In June 1945 he returned to the US and served as Chief, Naval Air Intermediate Training Command in Corpus Christi, Texas. In September 1946, he was assigned to the Navy Department at Washington DC as the Assistant Chief of Naval Operations (Air), and in November 1948 he was assigned to sea duty as Commander of Carrier Division 4 and Carrier Division 3. From August 1950 until October 1951 he served as Commander Naval Air Bases, Eleventh and Twelfth Naval Districts. During the Korean War, he commanded the Fast Carrier Task Force 77 and was promoted to the rank of vice admiral, after which he was given command of the US Navy 7th Fleet. He retired in this position in December 1953, with 36 years of continuous military service. His military decorations and awards include the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal with one star, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with combat "V" device, the Commendation Ribbon with combat "V" device, the Army Commendation Ribbon, the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon with two stars, the World War I Victory Medal with escort clasp, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Defense Service Medal with bronze "A" device, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one star, and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with twelve bronze stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with one star, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean Order of Military Merit. He was then promoted to the rank of admiral on the retired list for having been especially commended in combat in accordance with an Act of Congress passed on March 4, 1925 and February 23, 1942 (colloquially known as a "tombstone promotion"). After his military retirement, he became a business executive in New York City, New York. His last position was Chairman of the Board of Hegeman Harris, Incorporated, a New York investment firm. In 1952 he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. He died in New York City, New York at the age of 77. In 1979 the guided-missile frigate, USS Clark, was named in his honor. He was an honorary chief of the Sioux and Cherokee Nations. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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 Parents:
  William Andrew Clark (1861 - 1953)
  Lillie Belle Berry Clark (1872 - 1958)
 
 Siblings:
  Frank Earl Clark (1892 - 1892)*
  Joseph James Clark (1893 - 1971)
  Lucy Jane Clark Beatty (1895 - 1983)*
  Stella Clarinda Clark Olinger (1900 - 1999)*
  Lillie Belle Clark (1902 - 1906)*
  William Andrew Clark (1903 - 1974)*
  George Washington Clark (1913 - 1956)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 3 site 2525-B
 
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Record added: May 02, 2009
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Adm Joseph James Jocko Clark
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