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Admiral Joseph James "JOCKO" Clark

Admiral Joseph James “JOCKO” Clark was born near Chelsea in Indian Territory in 1893. In 1913, Clark was the first Native American to graduate from the United States Naval Academy. His military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Cross, Silver Star, and the Legion of Merit. Clark’s career lasted more than forty years and he was made honorary chief of both the Sioux and Cherokee nations. He was also honored in 1969 by the National Aeronautic Association with the Elder Statesman of Aviation Award. Clark died on July 13, 1971, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. In honor of Admiral J. J. Clark, the Navy named a guided-missile frigate the U.S.S. Clark (FFG-11) in 1980, a ship nicknamed the “Determined Warrior.”