Frank McClelland was born in about 1922 in New York to Virginia and Foster McClelland. Frank had a younger brother George. The family lived in New York and later in Teaneck, NJ.
Frank graduated from Teaneck High School in 1939. His High School Yearbook indicates that “Mac” was likable, ambitious and wanted to become a lawyer. He was described as being a good actor and a capable leader. His activities included serving as Student Council President and Vice President; and being a member of the Student Service, High School newspaper, Playcrafters and the Biology Club.
Frank was an Eagle Scout in Troop 90, Teaneck and for many years served as an alter boy at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Teaneck.
Frank attended Bowdoin College in Maine and graduated in January of 1943. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1942 and trained at Notre Dame University where he was commissioned as an ensign in May of 1943. He received further training in San Diego and in August of 1943 he was assigned to a destroyer and sent overseas. He was promoted to Lieutenant in August of 1944.
On December 11, 1944 Lieutenant McClelland was killed in action in the Pacific theatre of war.
This brave naval officer is buried at the Manilla American Cemetery in the Philippines.
High School Yearbook
- 1938 Yearbook, Page 83, Page 92
- 1939 Yearbook, Page 48, Page 81, Page 86, Page 94, Page 107, Page 113, Page 132, Page 134
Te-Hi News (Teaneck High School Newspaper)
- 1930 United States Federal Census
- 1940 United States Federal Census
- World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
- U. S. Headstone and Interment Records for U. S. Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil, 1942-1949 for Frank K. Mc Clelland
fold3.com (Historical Military Records)
National World War II Memorial, Wash., D.C. Website
Find A Grave Website