Drury, Clifford Merrill, CAPT

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Chaplain Christian
Last Primary NEC
410X-Chaplain Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Staff Corps Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1946, 410X, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
Service Years
1933 - 1957
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Home Town
Early, IA
Last Address
Pasadena, CA

Date of Passing
Apr 18, 1984
Location of Interment
Odebolt Cemetery - Odebolt, Iowa
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Not Specified

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Captain Clifford Merrill Drury was born on 11/7/1897, the son of William E. Drury and Mae Charity (Dell) Drury.
He had a noteworthy career as a pastor, seminary professor, historian, and Navy chaplain.
The Rev. Clifford Drury was a Presbyterian pastor of some note and a well recognized historian and scholar. He was a graduate of Buena Vista College and San Francisco Theological Seminary and earned a PhD from the University of Edinburgh.

As a pastor, Drury served in Shanghai, China, and Moscow, Idaho. While in Moscow, Drury´┐Ż??s proximity to the Nez Perce Indians sparked an interest in the history of early missionaries in the Pacific Northwest. This interest launched a writing career that culminated in twenty-two books and numerous magazine articles.
He served as a private in the US Army during WWI. In 1938, Drury began a twenty-five-year career of teaching church history at San Francisco Theological Seminary, taking leave to serve as a Navy chaplain during World War II.
He is best known for his numerous books and articles on the early missionary efforts of the church in the Pacific Northwest. He had a long career teaching at the San Francisco Theological Seminary located north of San Francisco at San Anselmo, near San Rafael in Marin County.

Drury received honorary degrees from Buena Vista, Azusa, Whitworth, and Whitman colleges. He was also honored by the Presbyterian Historical Society, the United States Navy, and the Washington State Historical Society.
He retired to Southern California with his wife and they decided to return to his roots and be buried in Odebolt where many of his family are interred.
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Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
For outstanding performance of duty while serving with the Bureau of Naval Personnel from August 1945 to July 1946, and throughout each summer from 1947 to 1957. Fully qualified for the important and laborious task assigned to him during these periods, Captain Drury was eminently successful in planning, preparing, writing, and editing five volumes of the History of the Navy Chaplain Corps. These volumes are of great practical value to interested persons and are now the primary source of information concerning the role of the Chaplain Corps throughout United States Naval history. By his outstanding initiative, technical ability and tireless devotion to the fulfillment of an essential project, Captain Drury upheld the highest traditions of the United States Navy.

Note: The information in this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
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Commander Naval Installation Command (CNIC)NAVSTA Mare Island, CAUS NavyBureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1941-1943, 410X, Commander Naval Installation Command (CNIC)
  1943-1944, 410X, NAVSTA Mare Island, CA
  1944-1945, 410X, Potomac River Naval Command (PRNC)
  1945-1946, 410X, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Mar 20, 1918, WWI service
  Mar 19, 1922, Ordained as a Presbyterian minister
  Nov 13, 1922, Married Miriam Mayhew Leyrer
  Jan 27, 1930, Lecture on China1
  Dec 29, 1933, Commissioned in the Navy at the rank of Lieutenant
  Jan 01, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Sep 10, 1942, Promoted to Commander
  Mar 20, 1945, Promoted to Captain
  May 20, 1955, Marin Seminary Professors, Ministers at L.A. Conclave1
  May 31, 1968, Ex-professor Wins Medal1
  Jun 16, 1974, Azusa Pacific Awards Degree to Historian1
  Sep 02, 2017, Naval Reserve sevice dates
  Sep 02, 2017, Honorary doctorate degrees
  Sep 02, 2017, Awards and honors1
  Sep 02, 2017, Pastorial and professorial service
  Sep 02, 2017, General Photos1
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