3, 1919 - December 22, 1985
Pentti A. Stark was born November 3, 1919, in New York,
New York. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with
a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in June 1949.
Following his graduation he was appointed as Deck Officer and
on January 18, 1950, was commissioned as Ensign.
Stark progressed through the grades with promotion to Lieutenant
(junior grade) January 18, 1953, to Lieutenant January 18, 1955,
to Lieutenant Commander February 1, 1959, to Commander November
1, 1963, and to Captain December 1, 1968. His duty included
service on the following U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey ships:
PARKER-BOWEN-STIRNI, GILBERT, PIONEER, SURVEYOR, E. LESTER JONES,
HYDROGRAPHER as Operations Officer, DISCOVERER as Executive
Officer, HILGARD-WAINWRIGHT, SCOTT, COWIE, and EXPLORER as Commanding
Officer. Other assignments included: Airport surveys and hydrographic
field parties, Portland District Officer, Atlantic Marine Center
as Chief, Operations Division, and Miami Ship Base as officer-in-charge.
Stark served in the Army Field Artillery as an artillery officer
in the European Theater. For his service he was awarded the
Purple Heart, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II
Victory Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign
Medal with three Battle Stars.
Stark retired April 1, 1971. His wife, Mrs. Jean Stark, continues
to reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
NOAA CORPS BULLETIN, 2/1/1986