CLYDE H. MCCROSKEY, JR., LCDR, USN
Clyde McCroskey, Jr.
Date of birth: September 16, 1912
Date of death: March 2, 1944
From the 1935 Lucky Bag:
From Find A Grave:
Clyde Hopkins McCroskey, Jr. was the son of Clyde Hopkins McCroskey, Sr., and Mary Maulding. He attended the Dermott public school, Hall's Preperatory School at Columbia, Missouri, the University of Missouri and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, graduating in 1935.
McCroskey was first assigned to the USS NEW ORLEANS then to the Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida, for flight training and assignment to the USS LEXINGTON. He served as a flight instructor for one year after graduating from flight school and on the staff of the West Coast Defense Area General Headquarters. In 1943, he was given command of Composite Squadron 58 made up of Wildcat fighters and Avenger torpedo bombers, with the responsibility to equip and train the personnel assigned. The squadron was attached to the USS BLOCK ISLAND (CVE-21) in December 1943 and on its first mission sank a German submarine with a probable sinking of a second.
Commander McCroskey was killed before the second deployment, crash landing at the Norfolk Naval Training Station during night carrier landings on March 2, 1944.
(Unable to verify squadron listing is accurate. Shortly after this period the squadron aboard Block Island is VC-55. In April 1944, VC-58 sank a U-Boat while operating from USS Guadalcanal (CVE 60).)
He is buried in Arkansas; he was survived by his parents.