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Admiral BERNARD CLAREY (2454-1992)
United States Navy, Submarine Service
After graduating Oskaloosa (Iowa) High
School "Chick" as he was known, attended William Penn College for one
year then entered the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. He was
commissioned Ensign on 31 May 1934 and his first assignment was aboard the
cruiser USS MILWAUKEE (CL 5) from June 1934 through December 1936.
He decided that his heart lie with the submarines, so in January 1937 he began
Submarine training at the Submarine Base, New London. After becoming a
submariner he reported on board USS NAUTILUS (SS 168) in June 1937
where he served as Engineer First Lieutenant and Communications Officer while
NAUTILUS was the Flagship of Submarine Division Twelve based at Pearl
Harbor. In June 1941 he reported on board USS DOLPHIN (SS 169).
He was Executive Officer aboard DOLPHIN on December 7th during the
After commissioning USS AMBERJACK (SS 219) at New London, he completed two war patrols as Executive Officer and the war patrols were so successful that he was decorated with the Silver Star. He transferred to USS PETO (SS 265) as Prospective Commanding Officer and completed one war patrol to the South Pacific. He returned to Portsmouth Navy Yard to put USS PINTADO (SS 265) into commission as her Commanding Officer.
CLAREY moved up the Chain of Command to ComSubPac and CinCPacFlt. He was a tough officer apparently, as we have had some retired Captain tell us that CLAREY was the one who prevented their promotions to Rear Admiral; and there were a couple Rear Admirals who said it was CLAREY who prevented their advancement with another star.
After the war he held many positions in the Navy then upon retirement went into banking and retired as the President of the Bank of Hawaii.
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