US Military Academy at West Point/Clark L. Smith

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QUESTION: I had a Team Commander, Clark L. Smith, Cpt. in Germany, 1983-1986.
   He had told me his father, (I assume same name) was a 1939 West Point Graduate, he had also told me that his father graduated with Ferdinand Marcos, from the Philippine's, who was also a West Point Graduate, or, maybe it was Ferdinand's father?
 Is this correct, and /or do you have a complete list of attendees from Class of 1939?  If so.  Sir, could I get a copy?

         Edgar R. Ferguson
         SFC,    U.S. Army
         Retired

ANSWER: It's good to hear from you SFC Ferguson.  Thanks for your service and interest in West Point.

My primary reference is the "Register of Graduates and Former Cadets of the US Military Academy," published annually by the West Point Association of Graduates.  Per the "Register" there are five graduates from the Class of 1939 with the last name "Smith" as follows:

    Smith, Charles B (1939)
    Smith, Edward P (1939)
    Smith, Harry T (1939)
    Smith, Matthew C (1939)
    Smith, William T (1939)

I have no idea which one might be your "Capt Clark Smith's" father.  Do you know his first name, or where he might have been from?  

I do not find "Ferdinand Marcos" as a graduate of that class, or a graduate of any class from West Point.  Fidel Ramos graduated with the Class of 1950 and later served as President of the Phillipines.  

A complete list of the 635 graduates of the Class of 1939 follows:

Graduates
2d, Benton R (1939)
2d, Carl L (1939)
2d, John B (1939)
2d, Joseph A (1939)
Adams, Milton B (1939)
Alfaro, Eloy (1939)
Alfaro, Jaime E (1939)
Allen, Arthur W Jr (1939)
Allen, Raymond W Jr (1939)
Alsop, Walter J (1939)
Atwell, Willard B Jr (1939)
Avery, Benjamin F II (1939)
Avery, Benjamin F II (1939)
Bailey, Benjamin M Jr (1939)
Bailey, Wilbur W (1939)
Bane, John C (1939)
Banks, John M (1939)
Banning, William C (1939)
Barber, Homer G (1939)
Barnett, William H (1939)
Bartel, Thomas B (1939)
Batson, Burnham L (1939)
Beckedorff, Lawrence L (1939)
Beere, Donald C (1939)
Beier, John E (1939)
Belardi, Raymond J (1939)
Bess, Clarence R (1939)
Bestic, John B (1939)
Billups, James S Jr (1939)
Boles, John K Jr (1939)
Bollard, Arthur W (1939)
Boss, Donald R (1939)
Boughton, Roland W Jr (1939)
Bowers, Charles R (1939)
Bowie, Richard T (1939)
Bowman, Charles H (1939)
Bowman, Josephus A (1939)
Boyd, William S (1939)
Boye, Frederic W Jr (1939)
Boylan, Vincent L (1939)
Boyle, William J (1939)
Bradley, William T (1939)
Brandon, Harry N (1939)
Brearley, John S (1939)
Breckenridge, Adam K (1939)
Breitenbucher, Philip M (1939)
Breitling, George T (1939)
Brinker, Walter E (1939)
Bristol, Matt C Jr (1939)
Brockman, Ernest F (1939)
Brombach, Charles U (1939)
Brown, George N Jr (1939)
Brown, Harold M (1939)
Brownfield, Albert R Jr (1939)
Buechner, Carl A (1939)
Buster, William R (1939)
Byrne, John D (1939)
Caffee, Mahlon W (1939)
Cain, Hall (1939)
Caldwell, Hugh W (1939)
Camp, Robert H (1939)
Cantrell, James L (1939)
Carpenter, John W III (1939)
Carvey, James B (1939)
Cassidy, Robert F (1939)
Chadwick, William D Jr (1939)
Chapla, Benjamin C (1939)
Chapman, Warren C (1939)
Chechila, John A (1939)
Chester, Robert S (1939)
Christian, T J Jr (1939)
Clark, William S (1939)
Cleverly, Richard D (1939)
Clifford, Paul T (1939)
Clough, Casper Jr (1939)
Coates, Charles E Jr (1939)
Cochran, James M (1939)
Coffey, Joseph I (1939)
Cole, Robert G (1939)
Coleman, George T (1939)
Coleman, Robert M (1939)
Collins, James L Jr (1939)
Collins, Kenneth W (1939)
Conner, Haskett L Jr (1939)
Cooperider, Howard V (1939)
Coyne, Christopher C (1939)
Cozine, Paul B Jr (1939)
Crandall, Riel S (1939)
Crandall, Robert W (1939)
Crawford, Harold M (1939)
Crawford, Roscoe C Jr (1939)
Crawford, Thomas M (1939)
Crowell, Victor F (1939)
Croxton, Warner W Jr (1939)
Culbreth, Estel B Jr (1939)
Curtin, Richard D (1939)
Curtin, Robert H (1939)
Dannemiller, Edward M (1939)
Davidson, Phillip B Jr (1939)
Davis, John H Jr (1939)
Davis, John N (1939)
Davis, John T (1939)
Davis, Thomas W III (1939)
Davison, Michael S (1939)
Dawley, Jay P (1939)
Dean, William G (1939)
deMetropolis, Harry (1939)
DeVille, Lionel B (1939)
Dickerson, John O (1939)
Dickman, Joseph L (1939)
Dietz, Carroll W (1939)
Dillard, David S (1939)
Dixon, Wiley L Jr (1939)
Dobson, John W (1939)
Dolle, Walter C (1939)
Dolvin, Welborn G (1939)
Donohue, Elwood P (1939)
Duke, Charles M (1939)
Dziuban, Stanley W (1939)
Eaton, Galen P (1939)
Edwards, John C (1939)
Eichlin, Herbert H Jr (1939)
Engstrom, Melvin V (1939)
Evans, Albert L Jr (1939)
Evans, Belmont S Jr (1939)
Evans, James C (1939)
Ewell, Julian J (1939)
Farmer, Walter W (1939)
Farrell, Norman (1939)
Farris, Stephen C (1939)
FitzGerald, Shepler W Jr (1939)
Fling, William J (1939)
Florance, Charles W Jr (1939)
Foerster, Frederick H Jr (1939)
Ford, Edward R (1939)
Forrest, Frank G (1939)
Fraser, Harvey R (1939)
Fredericks, Charles G (1939)
Frick, John W (1939)
Frost, Joseph H (1939)
Gallagher, Edward J (1939)
Garcia, James D (1939)
Garnett, William A (1939)
Geary, Edward M (1939)
George, William C (1939)
Gibbons, Ulrich G (1939)
Gideon, Robert R Jr (1939)
Gifford, James R (1939)
Gilbert, Vernon G (1939)
Gilchrist, Malcolm F Jr (1939)
Ginder, Allen W (1939)
Glawe, Benoid E (1939)
Glenn, Ned W (1939)
Goodpaster, Andrew J (1939)
Goodwin, David B (1939)
Grant, Walter H (1939)
Green, James D (1939)
Greer, Robert E (1939)
Grieves, Loren C Jr (1939)
Griffith, Hugh A Jr (1939)
Griffiths, Kenneth C (1939)
Grimes, Rudyard K (1939)
Habecker, John C (1939)
Hackett, Charles J (1939)
Haffa, Robert P (1939)
Hale, William H (1939)
Hall, DeWitt N (1939)
Hamilton, Edward S (1939)
Hanchin, Ralph J (1939)
Hardwick, Strother B (1939)
Harrison, George R Jr (1939)
Haughton, Clifford B Jr (1939)
Heffernan, Christopher J Jr (1939)
Helton, Burrell W (1939)
Hendricks, Laird W (1939)
Henry, William J (1939)
Herkness, Lindsay C Jr (1939)
Herron, William M (1939)
Herstad, John O (1939)
Herzberg, Allen F (1939)
Hickok, Marshall R (1939)
Higgins, Walter M Jr (1939)
Higginson, George M (1939)
Hill, Robert J Jr (1939)
Hillhouse, Charles H (1939)
Hinternhoff, William A (1939)
Hoisington, Perry M II (1939)
Holloway, Rufus H (1939)
Hollstein, Carl W (1939)
Holt, Frank T (1939)
Hoopes, Edwin L Jr (1939)
Howard, George E Jr (1939)
Hudgins, Seth F (1939)
Hull, Donald F (1939)
Hull, Keith M (1939)
Hunsbedt, Theodore N (1939)
Hunter, Robert D (1939)
Huse, John E (1939)
Iseman, Frank W Jr (1939)
Jacoby, Ellsworth R (1939)
James, Newton E (1939)
Janowski, Raymond A (1939)
Jaycox, John W (1939)
Johnson, John G (1939)
Johnson, Sterling R (1939)
Johnson, Victor L Jr (1939)
Jones, William C (1939)
Jordan, Edgar J (1939)
Jordan, Ralph E (1939)
Jumper, George Y (1939)
Kail, Samuel G (1939)
Kaplan, Leonard (1939)
Keller, James H (1939)
Kelly, James J Jr (1939)
Kelly, John J (1939)
Kelly, John P (1939)
Kepple, Charles D (1939)
Kerwin, Walter T Jr (1939)
Kingsley, Joseph T Jr (1939)
Kinnard, Harry W Jr (1939)
Kinney, Andrew J (1939)
Kirby, Lee M (1939)
Kirby-Smith, Edmund (1939)
Knapp, James B (1939)
Kobes, Frank J Jr (1939)
Kouns, Charles W (1939)
Krisman, Michael J (1939)
Kunzig, Louis A Jr (1939)
Kurth, Edward H (1939)
Kurtz, Josiah S (1939)
Laitman, Milton A (1939)
Lampert, Lester L Jr (1939)
Lampley, Harmon Jr (1939)
Lane, Barton G Jr (1939)
LaPrade, James L (1939)
Larsen, Stanley R (1939)
Lasche, Ernest P (1939)
Latoszewski, Edwin J (1939)
Lavell, Geoffrey (1939)
Lee, Levin L (1939)
Leever, Edward B (1939)
Legler, Matthew L (1939)
Lehr, Philip H (1939)
Lennhoff, Charles D (1939)
Lerette, Earle L (1939)
Lester, Joseph S (1939)
Lewis, Chandler G (1939)
Lilly, Roger M (1939)
Little, Robert R (1939)
Long, Charles J 3d (1939)
Long, Paul J (1939)
Long, Philip W (1939)
Looney, Jack R (1939)
Lowther, Ralph L (1939)
Lycan, Richard G (1939)
Madison, Samuel A (1939)
Mancuso, Stephen J (1939)
Mancuso, Stephen J (1939)
Manzo, Salvatore E (1939)
Marlin, Raymond B (1939)
Martin, Sidney T (1939)
Martin, William K (1939)
Maslowski, Ladislaus C (1939)
Mather, James E (1939)
Matheson, David M (1939)
Matter, Robert A (1939)
Maxwell, Ernest B (1939)
Mayne, Clark W (1939)
McBride, James L Jr (1939)
McCaffrey, William J (1939)
McCarley, Percy D Jr (1939)
McChristian, Joseph A (1939)
McClellan, Harry W (1939)
McCollam, Albert E (1939)
McConnell, Edward T (1939)
McConnell, William J (1939)
McConville, John B (1939)
McCoy, John L (1939)
McCray, James O (1939)
McCrorey, James L Jr (1939)
McCutchen, Wilmot R (1939)
McDavid, John A (1939)
McDowell, William L Jr (1939)
McFarland, Cecil C (1939)
McFerren, Carl D (1939)
McGowan, Norman J (1939)
McGowan, Norman J (1939)
McKeever, Matthew J Jr (1939)
McMahon, Robert E (1939)
Meals, Elbert O (1939)
Medinnis, Charles L (1939)
Medusky, John W (1939)
Megica, Martin G (1939)
Merrell, Jack G (1939)
Meyer, John H (1939)
Mial, John P (1939)
Mildren, Frank T (1939)
Miller, Clifford L II (1939)
Miller, Donald B (1939)
Miller, Maurice M (1939)
Miller, Robert B (1939)
Minahan, Daniel J Jr (1939)
Morrison, Richard S (1939)
Mount, Charles M Jr (1939)
Moushegian, Richard (1939)
Muir, James I Jr (1939)
Mulcahy, Patrick D (1939)
Murray, Harry L Jr (1939)
Myers, Harry M (1939)
Nanney, David Y (1939)
Negley, Richard V Jr (1939)
Newcomb, Fidelis D (1939)
Newcomer, Francis K Jr (1939)
Newcomer, Henry C (1939)
Newman, Donald B (1939)
Nichols, William W (1939)
Nickerson, Donald K (1939)
Nolan, Daniel A Jr (1939)
Norris, Jack K (1939)
Ockershauser, Karl F Jr (1939)
Odom, Herbert R (1939)
O'Hern, Wayne L (1939)
Okerbloom, Paul R (1939)
Oliver, Darwin K (1939)
Olson, John E (1939)
Ostberg, Edwin J (1939)
Page, Robert W Jr (1939)
Palmer, Leonard N (1939)
Paraska, Nicholas (1939)
Parsons, Charles J Jr (1939)
Patterson, William H Jr (1939)
Pavick, John J (1939)
Pennell, Robert (1939)
Perry, Joseph G (1939)
Petersen, Raymond T (1939)
Peterson, Lyle E (1939)
Phelan, Roger E (1939)
Pickard, John G (1939)
Pickett, George E (1939)
Ploger, Robert R (1939)
Poinier, Arthur D (1939)
Preston, William M (1939)
Price, William H Jr (1939)
Pulliam, Charles C (1939)
Rager, Edward E (1939)
Rager, Elmer E (1939)
Ray, John (1939)
Reardon, James V (1939)
Reed, Arthur W (1939)
Reeves, Joseph R (1939)
Reilly, William R (1939)
Reynolds, Joseph E (1939)
Richardson, James D (1939)
Richardson, Robert C 3d (1939)
Rigley, Orin H Jr (1939)
Rippert, Jacob K (1939)
Roberts, James F (1939)
Robinette, Albert L (1939)
Rogers, Delmer J (1939)
Rogers, James L (1939)
Rogers, Robert J (1939)
Rollins, Albert F (1939)
Romig, Eugene A (1939)
Roosa, James A (1939)
Royce, Philip M (1939)
Samuel, John S (1939)
Schellman, Robert H (1939)
Schmid, Edwin P (1939)
Schrader, John R Jr (1939)
Schroeder, Edgar W (1939)
Schwenk, James T (1939)
Scott, Kenneth L (1939)
Scott, Stanley C (1939)
Scroggs, John P (1939)
Sears, Robert C (1939)
Seaver, Philip R (1939)
Seipel, Clarence E Jr (1939)
Sellars, Frank C (1939)
Serrem, Edward M (1939)
Shanley, Thomas J (1939)
Shepard, Claude L Jr (1939)
Shepherd, James M (1939)
Showalter, Wilbur E (1939)
Shultz, Vester M (1939)
Simon, Lincoln A (1939)
Simpson, Donald M (1939)
Smith, Charles B (1939)
Smith, Edward P (1939)
Smith, Harry T (1939)
Smith, Matthew C (1939)
Smith, William T (1939)
Snoke, Donald R (1939)
Spragins, Robert B (1939)
St Clair, Howard B (1939)
Stocking, Lewis W (1939)
Stone, William C Jr (1939)
Stubbs, William H (1939)
Studer, Robert W (1939)
Sullivan, Henry R Jr (1939)
Sutton, Clyde T Jr (1939)
Tatum, Daniel F (1939)
Taylor, Livingston N Jr (1939)
Taylor, Oliver B (1939)
Teeters, Bernard G (1939)
Thomason, Joel F (1939)
Tomhave, John P (1939)
Trahan, Eugene A (1939)
Troiano, Constant A (1939)
Turner, William L (1939)
Tuttle, Paul V Jr (1939)
Twyman, Robert C (1939)
Urban, John G (1939)
Vance, Leon R Jr (1939)
Vandevanter, Elliott Jr (1939)
VanHarlingen, William M Jr (1939)
Vann, Walter M (1939)
Wald, John J (1939)
Walker, Henry C 3d (1939)
Walker, Joel T (1939)
Walker, John W (1939)
Wallach, Marshall (1939)
Walton, Alfred V (1939)
Walton, Charles M Jr (1939)
Warren, Shields Jr (1939)
Watt, John (1939)
Watt, John W Jr (1939)
Webster, Montgomery L (1939)
Webster, Thomas J (1939)
Weisemann, Heinz (1939)
Wells, Walter J (1939)
Wendorf, Hulen D (1939)
West, William W 3d (1939)
Whalen, Matthew (1939)
Whipple, Robert C (1939)
White, Charles E (1939)
White, David K (1939)
White, Richard A (1939)
Whitehouse, Thomas B (1939)
Wickboldt, Walter C (1939)
Will, Ray J (1939)
Williams, Arthur T 3d (1939)
Williams, Robert C Jr (1939)
Williams, Robert M (1939)
Wilson, James W (1939)
Wilson, Jasper J (1939)
Wilson, Woodrow W (1939)
Winegar, Walter L (1939)
Wintermute, John S Jr (1939)
Winton, George P Jr (1939)
Wisdom, Wiley B Jr (1939)
Wohlfeil, Carl H (1939)
Wolfe, Richard D (1939)
Wood, Oliver E (1939)
Wray, Robert M (1939)
Wright, Tilden P (1939)
Wynne, Prentiss D Jr (1939)
Yale, V P (1939)
Yarnall, Kenneth L (1939)
Zethren, George W (1939)

If you have any information regarding Capt Smith's Father's first name, please submit a follow-up question.  Good luck in your search, SFC Ferguson.

Best Regards,

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

QUESTION: Sir,

     I thank you for your time & service also.  Sir, I remember my Commander, specifically saying he had the same name as his father.  Sir, is it possible to run a Clarl L. Smith, in all of the classes?  I know this is asking a lot.   I also remember him saying his father graduated in the same class as a big general, from the Philipines.  I believe the general was under, the president then,  Ferdinand Marcos & his wife, Imelda.

         Thank you so much

         Edgar R. Ferguson
         SFC,     U.S. Army
         Retired

Answer
Thanks for the follow-up question, SFC Ferguson.

A follow-up search of the Register may have found your man/men.  A "Clark Smith" did graduate with the Class of 1950, which I noted in my initial response was the class of Fidel Ramos, former President of the Philippines. Then his son, "Clark Lennon Smith" graduated with the Class of 1981.  His "Register" entry show him with the 509th Artillery in Germany in 1985, and then the 5th Artillery Group in 1986.  That indeed sounds like your man.

The last entry for Clark Lennon Smith was in 1990 when he served at 1st Special Operations Command.

I hope that this has been helpful, SFC Ferguson.

Best Regards,

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