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McClusky, Clarence (Wade), RADM USN(Ret).
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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.
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.
Chain of Command He commanded NAS Glenview, Illinois, in 1952?53.
Other Memories Naval Air Station Glenview or NAS Glenview was an operational U.S. Naval Air Station from 1923 to 1995. Located in Glenview, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, the air base primarily operated seaplanes on nearby Lake Michigan, and later, P-3 Orions, stationed there as a staging point for Anti-submarine warfare against Soviet submarines. The former air base has now been redeveloped into a residential subdivision and commercial area called The Glen, although the control tower has been preserved as a historic building. Hangar 1, including the control tower, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998 as building #98001357.
On November 2, 1978, Air Force One, carrying President Carter arrived at NAS Glenview, as Carter was doing fundraising appearances in the Chicago area. Carter left via Air Force One from O'Hare Airport the following day.
The base was originally built by the Curtiss Flying Service and intended to be the hub of Chicago's air service. When the field was dedicated on October 20, 1929, it was home to the largest hangar built to that time, Hangar One.
Hangar One, one of the most advanced hangars at the time, included many innovations which were considered state-of-the-art in its time. A one gigacandela electric light was erected which allowed for airfield activity in the dark. Additionally, a system of carefully designed sliding doors created dividers for storage and zone heating. Glassed-in galleries allowed passengers the opportunity to watch the mechanics at work on the ground floor. A passenger-friendly restaurant and lounge were opened in the upper levels. A loudspeaker system informed the passengers of the flight arrivals and departures. The final cost for the airfield and Hangar One was $3 million in 1930. By adjusting the price for inflation, the relative cost in 2005 would be about $32.4 million. It was widely believed to be one of the Midwest's finest airports.
In 1930, the National Air Races took place at Curtiss Field and in 1933, the International Air Races took place there in conjunction with the Century of Progress. Such aviation luminaries as Charles Lindbergh, Wiley Post, and Jimmy Doolittle attended. In 1934, Post tried to set an aviation altitude record from Curtiss. By 1938, civilian and military operations both ran out of the field, but in 1940, it was sold outright to the United States Navy. The name was officially changed to the Naval Air Station Glenview on January 1, 1943.