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Charlie J. Clarkson Jr.

Born: 9/11/1925

Died: 6/10/2004

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Commander Charlie J. Clarkson Jr., USN (retired), 78, passed away June 10, 2004, at his home in Austin, Texas. He was born September 11, 1925, in Electra, Texas, to Maggie Louise Nale and Charlie John Clarkson Sr. Maggie Louise was the daughter of Luann Fulton Nale and Robert F. Nale who were both original enrollees of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Charlie began his Naval career in 1943 and after World War II he received his college education through the GI Bill. After college Charlie married Zelda Lucille Lynch on October 20, 1950, and rejoined the Navy as an officer. During his time with the Navy Charlie was a combat aviator serving as a pilot in the Korean War with CVA-36 on the USS Antietam and with CVA-37 on the USS Princeton. In April 1953, his plane was shot down in Won Son Bay, Korea, for which he received the Purple Heart. Charlie received a total of ten Aviator Awards as well as numerous medals and decorations.

In 1955 Charlie became a Jet Instrument Instructor in Kingsville, Texas. In later years he served the Navy as an Intelligence Officer for the Nuclear Weapons Training Group in San Diego, California. On December 31, 1971, Charlie retired from the Navy and began his second and third careers in the private sector. On December 20, 1974, Charlie married again to Atelia Prince and later adopted her two sons as his own. Charlie will be remembered by all who have met him. He was kind and generous, soft-spoken and polite. Those who knew Charlie also knew of his passion for golf. An avid golfer until the end he came close to shooting his age on a number of occasions. He lived his life by the rules of the game, often citing one of the primary rules of golf, Play the course as you find it and the ball as it lies.

Survivors include his former wife, Zelda; daughters, Karen Clark-son and Anne Clarkson; sons, Charles Clarkson and John Clarkson; current wife, Atelia; sons, Gavin Clarkson and Derek Clarkson; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and numerous cousins.

Charlie J. Clarkson Jr.