McLEAN, Ephraim, Jr., VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1959-1959, CNO - OPNAV
Service Years
1924 - 1959
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Loomis (SaigonShipyard), IC3 to remember McLEAN, Ephraim, Jr. ("MAC" Navy Cross), VADM USN(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Born: Carrolton, Mississippi
Last Address
Arlington National Cemetery.

Date of Passing
Nov 22, 1985
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US European Command Joint Forces Command Allied Command Atlantic US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationNaval Order of the United States
  1926, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1930, Naval Order of the United States

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Ephraim Rankin McLean, Jr.,
Vice Admiral, U. S. Navy
WWII - The Navy Cross,
Legion of Merit & Bronze Star with combat 'V's

Saving the crew of the USS Strong DD-467,
June 1943...There also was Captain E.R. McLean, Jr., the commanding officer of the Chevalier, who saved seven officers and 232 enlisted personnel of Strong. Without hesitation, he brought Chevalier alongside Strong and remained there for about seven minutes. During his approach to Strong, he was rammed by O’Bannon with light damage astern. Counteraction for this threat caused Chevalier to ram Strong with some damage to both. He was constantly illuminated by enemy star shells and aircraft flares in what was thought to be an immediate submarine threat area. Four or five bombs were dropped on his port quarter resulting in damage. He was straddled by shore batteries from both Kolombangara and Bairoko Harbor. He was damaged by the underwater explosion of the Strong. His number three 5-inch gun blew up, causing a handling room fire. Throughout all of this, Chevalier made every effort to rescue Strong personnel. He then stood on the most exposed wing of the bridge and reviewed the situation carefully with Lieutenant Curran, gunnery officer of Strong. Only after obtaining the concurrence of Lieutenant Curran did Commander McLean give the necessary orders to exit Kula Gulf and rejoin the task force. Commander McLean provided a superb example of coolness and effective leadership under fire.

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VADM Ephraim R. McLean, Jr., USN






5 June 1924

Commissioned at U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD


1924 – 1926

USS Rochester (CA-2)


1926 – 1927

U. S. Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL (Flight Training Student)


1927 – 1929

VT Squadron Two-B – USS Langley (CV-1) & USS Saratoga (CV-3)


1929 – 1931

VF Squadron One-B


1931 – 1934

USS Cincinnati (CL-6)


1934 – 1936

U. S. Naval Reserve Educational Center, New Orleans, LA


1936 – 1937

Executive Officer, USS McCormick (DD-223)


1937 – 1939

Executive Officer, USS Mugford (DD-389)


1939 – 1939

Naval War College, Newport, RI


1939 – 1940

Commanding Officer, USS Gilmer (DD-233)


1940 – 1942

U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD


1942 – 1943

Commanding Officer, USS Chevalier (DD-451)


1943 – 1943

Commander, Destroyer Division 98 (embarked USS Luce (DD-522))


1943 – 1944

Commander, Destroyer Squadron 1 (embarked USS Phelps (DD-360))


1944 – 1945

Commander, Destroyer Squadron 49


1945 – 1848

Joint War Plans Committee, CNO, Navy Department, Washing, DC


1948 – 1949

Commander in Chief, U. S. Naval Forces Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, London, England


1949 – 1950

Commanding Officer, USS Columbus (CA-74)


1950 – 1951

Chief of Staff, Commander Destroyer Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet, Newport, RI


1951 – 1953

Deputy Commandant, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA


1953 – 1955

Deputy Commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces, Southern Europe, Naples, Italy


1955 – 1956

Commander, Cruiser Division 2 (embarked USS Newport News (CA-148))


1956 – 1959

Commandant, Fourth Naval District, Philadelphia, PA


1 March 1959








North African Landings, Commanding Officer, USS Chevalier


Kula Gulf (Navy Cross), Commanding Officer, USS Chevalier


Kwajalein (Legion of Merit), COMDESRON 1


Eniwetok, COMDESRON 1




Leyte Gulf, COMDESRON 49


Lingayen Operations, COMDESRON 49

Navy Cross
Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Ephraim Rankin McLean, Jr., United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. CHEVALIER (DD-451), during operations in Kula Gulf, Solomon Islands, on 4 and 5 July 1943. Commander McLean placed his ship alongside a vessel which had been torpedoed, and directed hazardous rescue operations. Although his ship was subjected to intense fire from coastal batteries, he continued his rescue efforts until 75% of the personnel had been saved. Commander McLean's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 321 (December 1943)
Action Date: July 4 & 5, 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Chevalier (DD-451)
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Rochester (CA-2)School Assignments - StaffNAS Pensacola
USS Langley (CV-1)USS Saratoga (CV-3)US NavyCommander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)
Naval War College (Staff)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)USS Chevalier (DD-451)COMDESRON 1, COMNAVSURFGRU PAC
USS Columbus (CA-74)Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)USS Newport News (CA-148)
Advancement Schools and CoursesCNO - OPNAV
  1920-1924, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1924-1926, USS Rochester (CA-2)
  1926-1927, Naval Flight School
  1926-1927, NAS Pensacola
  1927-1928, USS Langley (CV-1)
  1928-1929, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1929-1931, USS Langley (CV-1)
  1931-1934, USS Cincinnati (CL-6)
  1934-1936, Det New Orleans, LA
  1936-1937, USS Mccormick (DD-223)
  1937-1939, USS Mugford (DD-389)
  1939-1939, Naval War College (Staff)
  1939-1940, USS Gilmer (DD-233)
  1939-1940, Commander Destroyers, Battle Force
  1940-1942, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1942-1943, USS Chevalier (DD-451)
  1944-1945, USS Dewey (DD-349)
  1946-1947, Commander Alaskan Sea Frontier
  1947-1948, Naval War College (Staff)
  1948-1949, Commander Naval Forces Eastern Atlantic /Mediterranean (CINCNELM/COMNELM)
  1949-1950, USS Columbus (CA-74)
  1950-1951, Commander, Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1952-1953, Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)
  1955-1956, USS Newport News (CA-148)
  1955-1956, Commander, Cruiser Division TWO
  1956-1957, Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JCWS)
  1957-1958, 4th Naval District
  1959-1959, CNO - OPNAV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1943 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of Rennel Island
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Kula Gulf
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyMarion Military Institute, Marion, Alabama
  1920-1924, United States Naval Academy
  1920-1920, Marion Military Institute, Marion, Alabama
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Photo files, VAdm McLean6
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