From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Mcclellan Stunkard, Jr. '34

Date of birth: 1911

Date of death: November 22, 1942

Age: 31

Naval Academy Register

McClellan Ferguson Stunkard, Jr. was admitted to the Naval Academy from Pennsylvania on June 25, 1930 at age 19 years 4 months.

Lucky Bag

McClellan is listed in the 1934 Lucky Bag as leaving during his Youngster year.


McClellan appears to have died of pneumonia (see below). He does not appear on Find A Grave, or in the list of overseas Navy losses. He is not on the killed in action panel at the front of Memorial Hall.

In 1937 he graduated the flying cadet program at Randolph Field and Kelly Field, Texas.

On September 30, 1940 he was involved (as a 2LT) in an accident during takeoff while piloting an OA-9; the aircraft crashed into the Hudson River near West Point, New York.

He was engaged to be married in April 1941; he was a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corps and a graduate of the University of Alabama. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant earlier that year.

McClellan's position on the Class of 1934 panel in Memorial Hall suggests he was lost between January 10 and February 8, 1943. His name does not appear in USAAF aircraft losses, stateside or overseas, for either of those months. The USNA Alumni Association lists his date of death as January 13, 1943.

However, in the December 4, 1942 Bedford Gazette: "Mr. and Mrs. Roy Earley were called to Governor’s Island, New York, last week on account of the death of Mrs. Earley’s nephew, Flight Commander M.F. Stunkard Jr., who was stationed at Lake Charles, La. Death was due to pneumonia."

In the Port Arthur News on Monday, November 23, 1942: "Lt. Col. McClellan F. Stunkard, Jr., 32, of the Lake Charles army flying school, who died Sunday in the post hospital, was buried this morning with full military honors."

This genealogy page confirms a date of death of November 22, 1942, in Louisiana.

In 1948 his mother is referenced in a newspaper article: "Mrs. McClellan Stunkard, of Bedford, whose son was killed in the late conflict."

In the Bedford Gazette on May 15, 1947:

Gold Star Mothers Are Honored By Auxiliary

Sixty members attended the memorial service and Mother’s Day program presented at the regular meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary and Junior Auxiliary Tuesday night. … Eight Gold Star Mothers, Mrs. Joseph Allen, … and Mrs. McClellan Stunkard were present and honored; each being presented with a corsage.

McClellan's older brother, a 1931 graduate of West Point, apparently dropped the family name; his headstone is "Robert Alan." There is no mention in the writeup of his brother.

Memorial Hall Error

There is no evidence that McClellan was a Lieutenant in the Navy when he died; it appears much more likely that he was a 1LT in the US Army Air Corps. In either case, illness is not a criteria for inclusion in Memorial Hall.

Class of 1934

Mcclellan is one of 41 members of the Class of 1934 on Virtual Memorial Hall.