Harold E. MacLellan
Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy
Lieutenant Commander H. E. MacLellan, First Akron Victim Picked Up
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey, April 4, 1933 – The body of Lieutenant Commander H. E. MacLellan, navigator and gunnery officer of the Akron was picked up tonight by Coast Guard cutter 213 about thirty miles off Atlantic City, and taken to the Coast Guard Base at Cape May, New Jersey. It was the first body recovered.
Commander MacLellan, who would have been 38 years old in July, lived in Westerly, Rhode Island, and was graduated from the Naval Academy in the Class of 1917. He was unmarried.
Instructions that all bodies recovered be sent to the Atlantic City Hospital for identification and to await disposition were issued by Lieutenant Commander W. W. Davies, senior medical officer at Lakehurst, and in conformity with these instructions, Commander MacLellan body’s was sent to the hospital later in the night.
Members of the crew of the cutter said they
found considerable wreckage from the airship floating at the spot where
the body was discovered.
WASHINGTON, April 7, 1933 – Funeral services for a victim of the Akron disaster and two others who lost their lives in the search for survivors were held today in Arlington National Cemetery.
Services for Lieutenant Commander Harold E. MacLellan of the Akron took place at 1 o’clock. Services for Lieutenant Commander David E. Cummins were held an hour later and for Aviation Chief Metalsmith Pasquale W. Bettio at 10:30 A.M.
Lieutenant Cummins and Bettio were drowned
in the wreckage of the non-rigid airship J-3, which went to search for
survivors of the Akron. They were forced down in the sea off Beach
Haven, New Jersey, Tuesday afternoon.
Posted: 24 January 2008