From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Harold Maclellan '18

Date of birth: August 15, 1895

Date of death: April 4, 1933

Age: 37

Lucky Bag

From the 1918 Lucky Bag:


Harold was lost when the airship USS Akron (ZRS 4) crashed off the coast of New Jersey on April 4, 1933. He was the airship's navigator and gunnery officer.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

From Arlington National Cemetery.net:

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.

Akron's executive officer, LCDR Herbert V. Wiley '15, one of only three survivors, was filmed shortly after the crash:

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Class of 1918

Harold is one of 14 members of the Class of 1918 on Virtual Memorial Hall.