McClusky, Clarence, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
132X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Flight Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1954-1956, Commander Atlantic Reserve Fleet (COMLANTRESFLT)
Service Years
1926 - 1956
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1902
 
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Last Address
Buffalo, New York

Date of Passing
Jun 27, 1976
 
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For outstanding service while attached to USS ENTERPRISE, participating in raids on Marshall, Wake, Gilbert and Marcus islands and the Battle of Midway, he was awarded the Air Medal, the Distinguised Flying Cross, a letter of Commendation with Ribbon, a Ribbon and facsimile of the Presidential Unit Citation to ENTERPRISE, the Purple Heart Medal and the Navy Cross.

In addition, he held the American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp; the American Medal; Asiatic-Pasific Campaign Medal; World War II victory Medal; Naval Occupation Service Medal, Asia Clasp; China Service Medal; National Defense Medal; Korean Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal; and the Korean Presidential unit Citation.

   
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  • Born on 1 June 1902 in Buffalo, New York.

  • Graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1926.

  • Became a Naval Aviator in 1929. 

  • Served in several air units, as well as on command staffs, as an instructor at the Naval Academy and at shore facilities.

  • In 1940 he was assigned to Fighting Squadron Six (VF-6), based on USS Enterprise(CV-6), and assumed command of that squadron in April 1941.

  • Lieutenant Commander McClusky became Enterprise air group commander in April 1942.

  • During the Battle of Midway, while leading his air group's scout bombers on 4 June 1942, he made the critical tactical decision that led to the destruction of the Japanese aircraft carriers Kaga and Akagi, thus making a vital contribution to the outcome of that pivotal battle.

  • Commanded the escort carrier Corregidor (CVE-58).

  • Served in a variety of staff and shore positions in the later 1940s.

  • During the Korean War, he was Chief of Staff to the Commanders of the First and Seventh Fleets.

  • Commanded NAS Glenview, Illinois, in 1952–53.

  • Commander of the Boston Group of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet in 1954–56.

  • Retired from active duty in July 1956. 

  • At that time, in recognition of his vital contributions to the outcome of World War II, he was advanced to flag rank.

  • Died 27 June 1976.

  • USS McClusky (FFG-41) was named in his honor.


   
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 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)School Assignments - StaffNAS PensacolaVF-1B
USS Saratoga (CV-3)VF-6 TomcattersUSS Enterprise (CV-6)NAS Alameda
US NavyNAS Glenview ILNaval Reserve Forces Command
  1923-1926, 110X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1928-1929, 137X, Naval Flight School
  1928-1929, 132X, NAS Pensacola
  1929-1929, 132X, VF-1B
  1929-1929, 132X, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1940-1942, 132X, VF-6 Tomcatters
  1940-1942, 132X, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1943-1943, 132X, NAS Alameda
  1945-1945, 132X, USS Corregidor (CVE-58)
  1952-1953, 132X, NAS Glenview IL
  1954-1956, Commander Atlantic Reserve Fleet (COMLANTRESFLT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
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