From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles McClain '78

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: January 11, 1887

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

Charles Sumner McClain was admitted to the Naval Academy from Indiana on November 2, 1874 at age 17 years 2 months.


From The Catalogue and History of Sigma Chi, 1855-1890:

Graduate of U. S. Naval Acad., 1878. “Star Man” of Class. Instructor in U. S. Naval Acad, in ordnance and artillery exercise; on duty at Smithsonian Inst. One of the volunteers to the Greeley relief expedition, and assigned to the “Alert.” In 1885, ordered to the Navy Yard at Pensacola, Fla., on account of ill health. Died, Jan. 11, 1887, in Brooklyn, L. I. Brother of John C. and L. Dow McLain.

He is pictured as part of the Greely Relief Expedition.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Cadet Midshipman, 3 November, 1874. Graduated 4 June, 1880. Ensign, 4 February, 1882. Died 11 January, 1887.

Class of 1878

Charles is one of 2 members of the Class of 1878 on Virtual Memorial Hall.