Charles Wallace Clark
was born September 28, 1908, in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated
from the University of Missouri, June 1930, with a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.
Following his graduation he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant
Field Artillery Reserve and as a Flying Cadet, U.S. Army Air
Corps. He was appointed to the Coast and Geodetic Survey as
a Junior Engineer on November 7, 1931, and commissioned as
an Ensign on November 21, 1936.
Captain Clark's 32-year career included assignments to the
following ships: HYDROGRAPHER, LYDONIA, EXPLORER, LESTER JONES,
PATHFINDER as Executive Officer and HODGSON as Commanding
During his career, sea duty was broken by various types of
field party operations throughout the United States and Puerto
Rico. He served as Technical Assistant to the Director, Inter-American
Geodetic Survey (IAGS) during 1957-1958 extending the network
of horizontal and vertical control throughout South America
with headquarters at Quarry Heights, Canal Zone. During this
assignment, he also served as liaison between IAGS and the
Coast and Geodetic Survey. Office assignments included the
Pensacola Processing Office, Portland Photo Office, and the
Program Planning Staff of the Coast and Geodetic Survey in
Washington, D.C. At the time of his retirement in 1963, he
was serving as Assistant Chief, Operations Division, Office
During World War II Captain Clark remained assigned to Coast
and Geodetic Survey and worked on projects for the Department
of the Navy in areas determined by the Navy to be of immediate
military hazard, including Newfoundland, Aleutian Islands,
and various island groups in the South Pacific. He was awarded
the Atlantic War Zone Ribbon.
Captain Clark is survived by his wife, Helen P., and two daughters,
Shirley and Barbara.
NOAA CORPS BULLETIN, 1/1/1983