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Capt. Donald F. McLean
July, 1953 -- June, 1954

Capt. Donald F. McLean

Capt. Donald Fitzrov McLean was born Jan. 4, 1981 in Spokane, Wash. and attended the University of Washington from 1919 to 1920. He entered the Naval Academy in 1920 and graduated in 1924.

From 1924 until 1931, he served on the battleship USS Arizona and USS Pennsylvania; the destroyer USS Stoddert; and the transort ship USS Henderson.

After two years of duty at the Naval Academy, he served on the battlehisp USS Mississippi until 1936 when he was assigned duty at the Naval Gun Factory, Washington, D.C. He then served as assistant gunnery officer on USS Honolulu and commanded the minelayer USS Montgomery from 1930 to 1941. Capt. McLean was the navigator on USS Raleigh during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. The ship escorted convoys to the South Pacific preparatory to the landings on Guadalcanal.

In the fall of 1942, he became the executive officer of USS Detroit and particpated in the Aleutian Campaign.

Prior to assuming command of USS Tuscon in July, 1947, he was director of the Finance and Material Division of the Bureau of Naval Personnel. He also served for a short period in the Office of Budget and Reports, Navy Department.

He served as professor of Naval Science, Ohio State Univeristy in connection with Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps Unit.

On Feb. 6, 1953, he became commanding officer of Administrative Command and became NTC center commander in July. He retired on July 1, 1954 and died on May 21, 1971.

During his career, he received the Commendation Ribbon; American Defense Service Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Navy Occupational Service Medal and the China Service Medal.

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