Barclay, McClelland, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1943, USS No Name (LST-342)
Service Years
1938 - 1943
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
St. Louis, Missouri
Last Address
Killed in Action, Lost at Sea aboard LST-342, sunk at Rendova, New Georgia in the Solomon Islands, 1943.

Casualty Date
Jul 18, 1943
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Solomon Islands
World War II
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Lost at sea, body not recovered.

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  1943, World War II Fallen [Verified]1
  1943, Famous People Who Served [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyDirect Commission Officer School (Faculty Staff)Navy Recruiting District New York, NY, Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)USS Arkansas (BB-33)
USS Honolulu (CL-48)USS Maryland (BB-46)
  1919-1938, Broken Service
  1938-1938, Direct Commission Officer School (Faculty Staff)
  1938-1940, Bureau of Construction, Equipment and Repair
  1940-1941, Navy Recruiting District New York, NY, Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)
  1942-1942, USS Arkansas (BB-33)
  1942-1942, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1942-1942, USS Honolulu (CL-48)
  1943-1943, USS Maryland (BB-46)
  1943-1943, USS No Name (LST-342)
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  1943-1943 World War II
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Georgia Campaign (1943)
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 Colleges Attended 
Washington University in Saint Louis
  1910-1914, Washington University in Saint Louis
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  McClelland Barclay (1891-1943) artist23
  LCDR McClelland Barclay (1891-1943)21
  Killed in Action 19431
  Jun 15, 1943, Heroes of the South Seas1
  Jul 18, 1943, He died while doing what he loved most.1
  Jul 18, 2012, General Photos1
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Last Known Activity

LCdr. McClelland Barclay

Naval Artist WWI and WWII
"War Arts Corps"
Killed in Action 1943

McClelland Barclay was born 9 May 1891, St. Louis, Missouri. He attended grammar school and high school in the area and was a good boxer and an excellent swimmer. His reputation as a football player was such as to make him an eagerly sought prize by colleges all over the country, however, he preferred art studies. He attended the Corcoran School of Art, the Art Student's League in New York and studied art at Washington University, in St. Louis. During those years he was a student of H. C. Ives, George Bridgman and Thomas Fogarty.

During World War I he was awarded a prize by the Committee on National Preparedness in 1917 for his poster "Fill the Breach". The next year, he designed naval camouflage under the direction of William Mackay, Chief of the New York District Emergency Fleet Corporation.
His title was Director of Camouflage in the Navy, his work in this field being credited with saving many Allied ships.

The designer: McClelland Barclay also produced sculptures and jewelry, especially between 1932 to 1938. A McClelland Barclay signature was good, but a Mac signature was gold to serious collectors. It meant Barclay had custom designed the piece for an individual--usually one of a kind.

His commission was activated in 1938 as a Lieutenant and his chief duties for the navy were similar to the work he did in the First World War. By the end of 1940 he was a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve and by January 1941 he was on active duty serving as a combat artist. In addition to recruiting posters, many of his illustrations appeared on the cover of Sea Power magazine because of his realistic rendering of action scenes. He was also commissioned to paint portraits of the officers and develop propaganda posters to encourage support of the war effort. Additionally, he qualified as a Navy deep-sea diver.
Lieutenant Commander Barclay worked on further camouflage assignments until early in 1942 when he got a front row seat aboard battleships and cruisers in both the Atlantic and Pacific. While on assignment in the South Pacific, LCdr. Barclay was killed in action on 18 July 1943, when a Japanese submarine torpedoed the LST he was aboard in the Solomon Islands as it approached New Georgia Island.

He was a man of many talents and interest that seemed to thrive in dynamic environments and died while doing what he loved most.
The "Navy and Marine Corps Medal" was designed by Lt. Cmdr. McClelland Barclay, a naval reservist who was a professional artist in civilian life, the approved design featured a spread-winged eagle perched on a fouled anchor. Below the anchor was a globe depicting the western hemisphere, and below that was the inscription, "Heroism."

In 1944 Barclay was awarded the Art Directors Club Medal posthumously, "in recognition of his long and distinguished record in editorial illustration and advertising art and in honor of his devotion and meritorious service to his country as a commissioned officer of the United States Navy."
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