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First Name: Archie

Last Name: Clemins

Birthplace: Mount Vernon, IL, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Ray

Date of Birth: 18 November 1943

Rank or Rate: Admiral

Years Served: 1966 - 1999
Archie Ray Clemins


Archie Ray Clemins

Admiral, U.S. Navy

Archie Ray Clemins was born on 18 November 1943 in Mount Vernon, IL. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy upon graduation as a result of participation in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He entered the Naval Nuclear Power program, serving aboard ballistic missile submarines. He later returned to the University of Illinois for a Master's degree.

Before being promoted to flag rank in 1991, Clemins commanded the USS Pogy (SSN-647). As an Admiral, he commanded Pacific Fleet Training Command in San Diego, CA, and the Seventh Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan.

On 1 January 1997, Clemins was promoted to the four-star rank of Admiral and began his final assignment, Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he served until 1999.

Clemins recommended Australia as a location for new military testing sites to be used by both the Australian Defense Force and the U.S. military as a result of disappearing sites in America. Speaking to The West Australian, he stated "You have to have places to drop bombs, you have to have places to shoot live weapons, places to fly planes over that make noise, places where you can actually test and exercise your capabilities. I think Australia in the future is going to be one of the places we'd like to exercise with the Australians, as well as with the U.S. Navy. You now have some of the finest ranges in the Western Pacific which we cannot get anywhere else."

Later the U.S. military would indeed use Australia as a military exercising camp in the form of Exercise Talisman Sabre, which is held every 2 years since 2001 in about July.

Admiral Clemins retired from active duty on 1 December 1999.

Medals and Awards

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

Legion of Merit

In Retirement

After retiring from the navy, he established Caribou Technologies, Inc., and became co-owner of TableRock International LLC, both consulting firms for technology and business development. He was the 2002 recipient of the Naval Order of the U.S. Distinguished Sea Service Award.


Clemins and his wife, Marilyn, live in Boise, ID.

Honoree ID: 483   Created by: MHOH




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