CAPTAIN JAMES S. CLARE
April 30,1930 - December 27, 2013
Captain James S. Clare USN (Ret), a Navy Captain, Naval Aviator, Combat Fighter Pilot and Commanding Officer, served our country with honor, courage, dedication and dignity for 30 years. He joined the Navy in 1950 as a Naval Cadet, flew the Bearcat and received his wings and commission at NAS, Pensacola FL. After graduation, he went to Texas for training in jet aircraft.
By 1951, he was in Korea flying the F9 Panther in combat off the U.S.S. America. F8 Crusader and F4 Phantom in combat during the Viet Nam war. He served aboard several of our nations aircraft carriers namely, U.S.S. America and the U.S.S. Philippine Sea, U.S.S. Constellation, U.S.S. Midway, U.S.S. Forrestal and the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk. He was the commanding officer of the Navys world famous Red Rippers fighter squadron and had 752 carrier landings in jet aircraft. He was a proud member of the Tailhook Society.
Captain James S. Clare was highly decorated for his service to our country and was awarded the Bronze Star for his valor. He will be buried with Military Honors at Willamette National Cemetery. He leaves his wife Agnes Burke Clare of Cornelius, son James J. Clare, Encinitas, CA and daughter Linda S. Clare, Laguna Niguel, CA.