Military


FFG 41 McClusky
"The Mighty Mac"

The USS McClusky was commissioned on December 10, 1983. The contract to build her was awarded on April 27, 1979 and her keel was laid on Oct. 21, 1981.

Clarence Wade McClusky

The USS McClusky (FFG - 41) was named after Rear Admiral Clarence Wade McClusky, USN.

As an aviation hero of World War II and Chief of Staff for Seventh Fleet operations during the Korean War, Rear Admiral McClusky's illustrious naval career led him from battlefront to executive positions and back again. his diversified leadership and administrative skills afforded him, throughout his naval career, duties vital to the safekeeping of our nation.

He assumed command of USS ENTERPRISE(CV 6) Carrier Air Group Six in April 1942. In the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942 he led two squadrons of his air group on a skillful search to discover and destroy the powerful Japanese carrier striking force of Admiral Nagumo, successfully eliminating the KAGA and AKAGI. A third enemy carrier, SORYU, fell victim to the USS YORKTOWN dive bombers led by Lieutenant M.F. Leslie, USN. The fourth and remaining Japanese carrier, HIRYU, was later sunk by the combined attacks of YORKTOWN and ENTERPRISE planes. As Samuel Eliot Morrison recorded in The Two-Ocean War, "Never has there been a sharper turn in the fortunes of war than on that June day when McClusky and Leslie's dive bombers snatched the palm of victory from Nagumo's masthead, where he had nailed it on December 7."

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. He retired on July 1, 1956 and was advanced to the rank of Rear Admiral on the basis of combat awards. Rear Admiral McClusky died June 27, 1976.



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