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Ben Robert Clark

Ben Robert Clark

Silver Star Purple Heart

Rank/Rate Gunner's Mate, First Class
Service Number 356 17 75
Birth Date March 22, 1921
From Grand Prairie, Texas
Decorations Silver Star, Purple Heart
Submarine USS Grayling (SS-209)
Loss Date September 9, 1943
Location In or near Tablas Strait, Philippine Islands
Circumstances Lost at sea, cause unknown
Remarks Ben was born in Kaufman, Texas.

Photo and information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.


The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Gunner's Mate First Class Ben R. Clark (NSN: 3561775), United States Navy, for gallantry in action while serving aboard a United States Submarine during war patrols in enemy-controlled waters during World War II. Serving during hazardous war patrols in Japanese waters, Gunner's Mate First Class Clark manned his gun with outstanding skill throughout five surface engagements with hostile sips. On one occasion he was responsible for sinking a sailing vessel and subsequently assisted in the beaching of a large coastal steam. He contributed greatly to the wrecking of a 2,000-ton cargo ship. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.


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