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Works by McClelland Barclay in the Navy Art Collection

"Heroes of the South Seas" sketches: U.S. MARINE CORPS


Marine Gunner Angus R. Goss
McClelland Barclay
Conté crayon on paper, ca. 1943


I ask him if he were married - Replied "Almost-not quite."

Marine gunner. Angus R. Goss - USMC - Tampa Florida - 12 years Marine - enlisted age 20 - 1 year out of Marine Corp wounded Tulagi Aug 10, 1942 - Hit in the right leg

"Two blocks of TNT which I had tied together and threw in the hole and the Japs threw it back at me. It exploded behind me and blew the debris - wood, wire and gravel into my leg.

Note bald spot on head - caused by "Falling rocks from a blast because we got a little careless and didn't get far enough from the blast. You always got careless with TNT when you fool around with it long enough."


CAPT Clay A. Boyd
McClelland Barclay
Conté crayon on paper, ca. 1943



Captain Clay A. Boyd - USMC. Enlisted 1936 - out commissed 2nd Lieut. March 17, 1941. Tulagi action Aug 7 [or?] Aug 29, 1942 - Guadalcanal Aug. 29 - evacuated Sept 17. Reccomended [sic] field promotion to captain in August.


1ST LT George E. Koutelas, Air Corps
McClelland Barclay
Conté crayon on paper, ca. 1943



1st Lieut George E. Koutelas - U.S. MARINE AIRCORPS - Kansas City MO - Enlisted May 1941 - NAVY CROSS - BATTLE OF MIDWAY - In Douglas Dive Bomber

" [I] made Two separate attacks on two battleships - one June 4, one June 5th - 12 in my group - Squadron 241 - 5PD - Bombing missions from Henderson Field Guadalcanal - Munda - Villa - and went after shipping mainly."


Staff Sergeant Bob Dixon
McClelland Barclay
Conté crayon on paper, 1943


Staff Sargent [sic] Bob Dixon - AUS - from Bozeman - Montana-
41st Div. Sanananda Track - New Gennea [Guinea]

"Hit by sniper in left hip - 7:30 in evening - too dark to see him. January first landed at a native village in Lockheed airplane - marched up Sepuda [Soputa] (Between Goona [Gona] and Buna) marched 2 miles beyond and rounded Jap road block replacing Australians from Sidney [sic] - Jan 5 my brother was hit - Fighting started Jan 3rd. Hit Jan 19th. Carried ammunition and supplys [sic] and then used rifle."


McClelland Barclay
Conté crayon on paper, ca. 1943


This is likely Captain Barse Miller, the Head of the Southwest Pacific Unit of the War Art Corps from 1943 until the end of the War. He was a muralist and painter from California (1904-1973).


CAPT Herman J.F. Bottcher
McClelland Barclay
Conté crayon on paper, 1943

5'8" weight 150 - Captain Herman J.F. Bottcher

Landsberg - Germany - left Germany 1929 - arrive US fall 1931 - Spanish Republican Army 25 months - wounded twice - on Madrid Front and Aragon in April - interned by the French.

"Captain in Spanish army, it took about a year and a half; came up much quicker in this army. In Abraham Lincoln battalion - nearly all Americans in the body."

Infantry - US Army - with 32 Division, a National Guard outfit - Michigan and Wisconsin. Enlisted Dec. 8, 1941 - Pvt until end of April - corpal [sic] until end of June - staff sargent [sic] until end of June - made captain on field of battle- was company commander as sargent [sic] for two weeks before captain came thru - 32 Division at Buna.

"Lieut. Cliedy [Cladie] Bailey (Indiana school teacher) received order to cut thru to the beach - the attack bogged down - I was in support of his company. I thot [sic] by looking the situation over it could be done."

What situation?

"Swamp and jungle and we didn't know exactly what was in front of us, so I asked the battalion if it was alright with them if I go - and Maj. Hantelman
[Harold Hantlemann] showed me the position on the map. I talked it over with the boys, there were 29 of us, and they said if you go we go too. We cut thru to the beach - hardly any opposition at all, but after we got to the beach they fired at us from the flank. After two days there were only 14 of us left. We got replacements so maintained about 25 men. I was wounded in the 7th day in counter attack - right hand hit - kept on, arm in sling - wounded again 13 days later - hit right arm - put me out for the time being - sent me to a hospital. We captured one and he said 60 were attacking us. We would wait for them until they got within 25 yards. They would shout and scream so we did the same when our boys got out and advanced a few steps to meet them with the bayonet. They didn't come on any further. Bayonet fighting when they came over to get us - some of the boys went into them like tigers. Altogether on the beach pocket 17 days."

[Editor's Note: For his role in this action of December 1942, Captain Bottcher received the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest military decoration in the Army. Captain Bottcher was killed on December 31, 1944, during the battle of Leyte. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.]


COL Kendall J. Fielder
McClelland Barclay
Conté crayon on paper, ca. 1943



Colonel General Staff Corps Kendall J. Fielder - USA
Know by all his friend[s] "Wooch" a nickname given him by sport-writers when he was a star foot-ball player at Georgia Tech - captain 1915-1916. Commanded machine company of the 7th Division in the last war - fought in two major operations - including Meuse - Argonne.

Before Dec 7th it was his duty to know entire situation regarding the foreign element in Hawaii. Particularly to counter moves made by the Japanese on the islands. Altho [sic], sabatage [sic] and a stab in the back by the large Japanese population was expected and feared - it did not materialize -there were not any proven attempts at sabatage [sic]. Principle[sic] hobbies - slight-of-hand majic [sic] and golf. Plays golf in the low 70's. Is one of the topmost amateur majicians [sic] and can entertain his friends for unlimited periods with his astonishing repetoir [sic] of tricks. From Atlanta George [sic] born 1895.


BRIG GEN Charles A. Willoughby
McClelland Barclay
Conté crayon on paper, 1943



Charles A. Willoughby
Brig. General USA
Pennsylvania, Gettesburg [sic] - 1913 - in Army 30 years - Mexican Punitive Expedition - 1st. Div AEF - Bataan - Corregidore [Corregidor] - Gen MacArthur's Staff - Phillipine [sic] campaign - Silver Star Bataan Jan 24, 1942 - action at Agloloma Point - repelling Japanese landing effort - DSC [Distinguished Service Cross] - Buna - Jan 9, 1943 Papuan Campaign - MacArthur made award to only two staff officers.


MAJ GEN H.H. Fuller
McClelland Barclay
Conté crayon on paper, 1943 ca.




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Online Exhibits that feature McClelland Barclay's work

Recruiting Posters for Women from World War II -- The WAVES
Navy Art Gallery exhibit: The Normandy Invasion

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17 May 2005