U.S. Naval Academy Class Rings

Graduates Remembered

Commander Robert Wilson Clark

Clark
Midshipman Robert Clark

Commander Clark’s class ring was donated to the Naval Academy by Mrs. C. W. Goggin on October 3, 1942. His ring was manufactured by Bailey, Banks & Biddle.[1]

Commander Robert Wilson Clark was born on December 29, 1886 in Binghampton, New York. On June 21, 1906 he entered the Navy as a Midshipman. Known by his classmates as “Bobbie” or “Senator,” Clark was an active member of the Hop Committee, Choir, and Masqueraders. Midshipman Clark graduated 93 of 130 midshipmen on June 3, 1910. [2]

Commander Clark gave up his line designation for the Supply Corps. Prior to America's entrance into World War I, LTJG Clark was on the commissioning crew of tender USS Bushnell (AS-2). His abilities and good looks are furthermore backed by a personality which is forceful and winning, making an impression assured and that impression invariably favorable. Bushnell was assigned to the Submarine Flotilla, Atlantic Fleet, as tender to "L" class submarines in January 1916 and arrived on the east coast in February. Early in 1917 she escorted submarines to the Azores and in December accompanied Submarine Division 5 to Ireland, arriving at Queenstown on January 27, 1918. On November 1, 1927 to December 1929, LCDR Clark was Supply Officer assigned to Battleship USS Texas (BB-35).[3] Texas was assigned to the Atlantic where she served as flagship of the United States Fleet. In January 1928, she transported President Calvin Coolidge to Havana for the Pan-American conference and then continued on via the Panama Canal and the west coast to maneuvers with the fleet near Hawaii.

He died on October 1, 1941 at Naval Hospital San Diego, California. He was 54 years old and is buried in Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California.

References

[1] United States Naval Academy Museum card file of Curator James Cheevers, retrieved January 7, 2014.

[2] United States Naval Academy Alumni Association, Inc., 2013 Register of Alumni, (Chesapeake, VA: Harris Connect, 2012), A10.

[3] "BB-35 USS Texas," NavSource Online: Battleship Photo Archive, accessed May 5, 2016, http://www.navsource.org/archives/01/35a.htm.