McClusky, Clarence Wade, Jr., RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1954-1956, 00X, 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
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Contact Info
Home Town
Buffalo, NY
Last Address
Bethseda, MD

Date of Passing
Jun 27, 1976
Location of Interment
U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Association Memberships
WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2020, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2020, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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Last Known Activity

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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Navy Cross
The Navy Cross is presented to Clarence Wade McClusky, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving as Air Group Commander for Air Group SIX (AG-6) on board the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6) during the Battle of Midway on 6 June 1942. On receipt of a report of an enemy Japanese invasion fleet in the area, Lieutenant Commander McClusky led his squadron of planes in a dogged and thorough search, continued until the objective was located, and attacked with boldness and determination four enemy carriers in complete disregard of heavy antiaircraft fire and strong fighter opposition. Such severe damage was inflicted on the flight decks of the Japanese carriers that they were effectively putout of action. Lieutenant Commander McClusky's courage and inspiring leadership in the face of great danger and very large opposition were in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAS PensacolaVF-1BUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
VF-6 TomcattersNAS AlamedaVice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), CNO - OPNAVCarrier Division 5 (COMCARDIV 5)
Naval Reserve Forces Command
  1926-1927, 00X, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1927-1927, 00X, USS Williamson (DD-244)
  1928-1928, 00X, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport RI
  1928-1929, 00X, NAS Pensacola
  1929-1931, 00X, VF-1B
  1934-1935, 00X, VO-4B
  1936-1938, 00X, Commander Aircraft Battle Force
  1938-1940, 00X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1940-1942, 00X, VF-6 Tomcatters
  1943-1943, 132X, NAS Alameda
  1943-1944, 00X, Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), CNO - OPNAV
  1944-1946, 00X, USS Corregidor (CVE-58)
  1945-1946, 00X, Carrier Division 5 (COMCARDIV 5)
  1948-1949, 00X, Carrier Division 4 (COMCARDIV 4)
  1950-1951, 00X, CNO - OPNAV
  1952-1953, 00X, NAS Glenview IL
  1954-1956, 00X, Commander Atlantic Reserve Fleet (COMLANTRESFLT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1952-1952 Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyUnited States Naval AcademyNaval War College
  1922-1926, United States Naval Academy
  1934-1935, United States Naval Academy
  1949-1950, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 03, 1926, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jul 03, 1929, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jul 01, 1940, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jun 04, 1942, LCDR C. Wade McClusky: Battle of Midway
  Aug 02, 1942, Promoted to Commander
  Aug 01, 1943, Promoted to Captain
  Jan 01, 1956, Retired1
  Dec 10, 1983, USS McClusky (FFG-41) commissioned
  Oct 31, 2020, General Photos
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