Wesley College President and retired Navy Capt. Robert E. Clark II will serve as keynote speaker at the dedication of a Pearl Harbor memorial at noon Dec. 7 at Smyrna’s Lake Como.
Clark became the 17th president of Wesley College in July 2015 after 32 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Force, including service as the 84th Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he served from April 2010 to May 2013.
During his Navy career, Clark held command at all levels of the Submarine Force during the Cold War, including commanding officer of the USS Connecticut (SSN 22) and Commodore of Submarine Squadron Four.
The memorial is a joint effort of the Vietnam Vets Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club, Smyrna, state officials and local contractors. Ground was broken Aug. 10 for the memorial that will commemorate the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.
The project is a collaboration of funding from the state, the motorcycle club, the Delaware State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America and the contribution of a 3,000-pound anchor from a 1942 U.S. Navy destroyer that will become part of the memorial with a traditional stone marker depicting an image of the attack on ‘battleship row’ in 1941.
The Delaware Military Academy in Wilmington, an accredited Navy JROTC High School founded in 2003, will provide a color guard for the event. DMA school co-founder, retired Navy Command Master Chief Charles Baldwin, who procured the anchor from the Military Sealift Command, will also participate in the program.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words, “A date which will live in infamy,” will be inscribed at the top, with VVA’s national logo, “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another,” at the bottom.
The dedication is open to the public.