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A Reception and Portrait Acquisition Celebrating Admiral Joseph Clark
November 2, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm$25
The Army and Navy Club Library Trust Fund is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new portrait for the Club’s storied Art Collection.
The portrait of Admiral Joseph James “Jocko” Clark, USN was painted in 1948-49 by Italian artist Mario Maresca, who actually specialized in painting seascapes and harbors. The unique portrait is 5 feet high and more than 3 feet wide. The portrait is being donated by 4 Club members, all Navy Lieutenants.
Admiral Clark was the first Native American to graduate from the United States Naval Academy, and remains the only Native American to achieve four star rank. He started his naval career on destroyers in WWI, and transitioned to naval aviation soon after. An advocate of naval air power he served as a task group commander and led the “Cherokee Raids” during the Marinas Campaign and Battle of the Philippine Sea. This earned him the reputation as “The Patton of the Pacific” and “The fightingest Admiral of the Pacific Theatre.” He also commanded the 7th fleet and another carrier task group during the Korean War.
Please join the Club in recognizing Native American History month with this timely event. Brief comments will be followed by the presentation of the portrait. Wine, cheese and passed hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Reservations can be made by contacting Stephanie Huber via email at email@example.com or call her directly by dialing (202) 355-0496.