The Navy Cross is presented to Clark Woods Faulkner, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for distinguished service in the line of his profession while in Command of Motor Torpedo Boat FORTY (PT-40) which together with PT-43 and PT-112 engaged a force of enemy destroyers off the Guadalcanal coast on the night of 11 - 12 January 1943. The group attacked three destroyers only a few hundred yards off the enemy occupied coast during which time Lieutenant Faulkner made a daring and determined approach in to 500 yards before firing his torpedoes which scored two hits probably sinking the ship. Lieutenant Faulkner made good his escape without casualties through a hail of shellfire which sank the other two motor torpedo boats. On the night of 1 - 2 February 1943, Lieutenant Faulkner in Command of Motor Torpedo Boat ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FOUR (PT-124), engaged one of a group of nineteen enemy destroyers in the same Guadalcanal area and with great skill scored two torpedo hits from a distance of 1,000 yards causing the destroyer to burst into flame and burn for over three hours. His gallant conduct throughout these actions reflects the highest credit upon Lieutenant Faulkner and the United States Naval Service.
Born: August 24, 1919 at Lincoln, Nebraska
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri