ADMIRAL MCLEAN DIED ON FLAGSHIP
Fleet Exercises Off the Pacific Coast Are Postpones a Day
In Many Campaigns
SAN FRANCISCO, California – November 12, 1933 – Rear Admiral Ridley McLean, commander of Battleship Division 3 of the United States Fleet, died aboard his flagship, the USS Nevada, in San Francisco Bay tonight.
Because of his death the scheduled departure of the fleet tomorrow to engage in tactical exercises off the California coast was postponed to Tuesday.
Before taking command of the battleship division recently Admiral McLean was budget officer of the Navy Department at Washington.
Rear Admiral McLean has seen naval action in many waters since 1898, when he served on board the gunboat Marietta during the Reyes Rebellion in Nicaragua.
He served on the ammunition ship America during the Spanish-American War, and on the staff of Rear Admiral Kempff during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900 and the Philippine Insurrection during 1901 and 1902.
His service thereafter was widely varied, including a period as Judge Advocate General from 1913 until 1916.
He was chief of staff of the battle force from the outbreak of the World War until October 1918, after which he escorted conveys as commander of the USS New Hampshire. He later directed Naval Communications.
Admiral McLean was born in Pulaski, Tennessee, on November 10, 1872, and was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1894. He married the former Olive Gale in Washington in 1896. He adopted two children.
FUNERAL HELD ON SHIP FOR ADMIRAL MCLEAN
All Flag Officers of Fleet, Now Off California, Attend Services on the Nevada
SAN FRANCISCO, November 13, 1933 – With all the honors befitting his rank, the funeral service for Rear Admiral Ridley McLean, Commander of Battleship Division 3 of the United States Battle Force, was held here today aboard his Flagship, the USS Nevada, at anchor in San Francisco Bay.
All flag officers of the fleet, now here, headed by Admiral David Sellers, Commander-in-Chief of the Battle Force, attended the services which Commander F. H. Lash, Chaplain of the Battleships, officiated.
The crew of the Nevada was drawn up at attention as Admiral McLean’s body lay in a flag-draped coffin on deck. A guard of honor of Marines was posted at the bier.
Crews of all the other fifty warships in the harbor were also summoned to stand at attention on their vessels during the hour of the service while flags on the craft flew at half mast from sunrise to sunset.
As soon as the services were completed, the Nevada steamed through the Golden Gate and headed for Southern California. Another service will be held there, after which the body will be sent to Washington for burial in Arlington National Cemetery, according to tentative plans announced today.
The battleship Pennsylvania, flagship of the fleet, fired a thirteen gun salute as the Nevada passed.
Admiral McLean, who died suddenly on the Nevada last night of a heart attack, had served with distinction in the Navy since his graduation from Annapolis in 1894. His age was 61.
MRS. RIDLEY MCLEAN
Rear Admiral’s Widow Active in Charity Work in Capital
WAHSINGTON, February 5, 1941 – Mrs. Ridley McLean, widow of Rear Admiral McLean, died today at her home here.
She was a daughter of the late Thomas Monroe Gale, and a descendant of a family which settled in Washington in 1809. She was active in philanthropic work and a former member of the Junior League. In 1938 a collection of her flower paintings was published under the title “Flowers of Hawaii.”
She is survived by a son, Gale McLean and a daughter, Mrs. Charles C. Moore, both of Washington.
- RADM USN
- DATE OF DEATH: 11/12/1933
- BURIED AT: SECTION SOUTH SITE 1806
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
MCLEAN, OLIVE GALE W/O RIDLEY
- DATE OF DEATH: 02/05/1941
- BURIED AT: SECTION SOU SITE 1806
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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