April 10, 1963
Electrician's Mate Second Class
UNITED STATES NAVY
Douglas Ray McClelland, the only child of Charles Floyd and Juarita McClelland, was born on November 17, 1940, in Walnut, Kans. He received his early education in school in Wichita, attended Hamilton Junior High School, and was graduated from Southeast High School in 1959. He was always interested in the Navy, even as a small boy. He attempted to enlist prior to being graduated from high school, however, he remained in school. Upon graduating, Douglas enlisted on July 28, 1959, and received his basic training at the U.S. Naval Training Center, San Diego, Calif. He was selected for training as an electrician, and attended the Navy's Electrician's Mate School at Great Lakes, Ill. While a student there he volunteered for submarine duty, was accepted, and attended the U.S. Naval Submarine School, New London, Conn.
Douglas then underwent advanced training in nuclear power, and completed the source of instruction at both the Nuclear Power Training Units in New London, Conn., and at Mare Island, Calif.
In October 1961, Douglas was assigned to the submarine U.S.S. Thresher in which he qualified as a submariner and received his silver dolphins. He also qualified as a nuclear power reactor operator. During his naval career, Douglas earned the Navy's Good Conduct Medal, and a letter of commendation from the commanding officer of the Thresher for his outstanding performance of duty as a member of the crew.
Douglas is survived by his widow, Margaret A. McClelland; a daughter,
Rae Ann, born on June 3, 1963; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles F.
McClelland of Wichita Kans.