Olmsted, W. Clague

William Clague Olmsted U.S. Navy WWII
William Clague Olmsted U.S. Navy WWII

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Date of Birth: 2/17/1926
Died On: 12/20/1995 Last Residence: 06426 Essex, Middlesex, Connecticut
Street Address: 223 Oakland Beach Avenue
Service Number: 7125256
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy - USS Astoria CL 90, 17 May 1944 - 1 Jun 1946

Veteran Code: USN-193

William Clague Olmsted

William "Clague" Olmsted was born in New York February 17, 1926 son of William Ramon Olmsted and Dorothy Matilda Jenkins Olmsted . He had two sisters Sally and Mary. In Rye his family lived at 223 Oakland Beach Avenue. Clague was a Rye High School Graduate, Class of 1943.

After graduating from Rye High School, Clague was employed by the Life Savers Corporation before his enlistment in February 1944. He enlisted in 1944 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Clague went overseas that August and served aboard the U.S.S. Astoria. The USS Astoria (CL- 90) was a Cleveland-class light cruiser of the United States Navy.

By early February 1945, USS Astoria, Wilkes-Barre, and Pasadena were transferred to TG 58.3, which included the carriers Bunker Hill and Essex, the battleships South Dakota and New Jersey, the large cruiser Alaska, and fourteen destroyers.

The fleet, including Astoria, sortied early that month to conduct a series of air attacks on the Japanese home islands, which began on 18 February. Later that day, the fleet sailed south to support the Battle of Iwo Jima, and Astoria was detached to conduct shore bombardment on 21 February 1945.


"One night, it was our task to fire throughout the entire night, to keep the Japs awake and worn down for our Marines. After several hours of this, it was amazing to see that many of our tired men were able to sleep with guns going off right beside them. Just at dark on the second day, we were relieved by another ship. It was a hard job, but all hands on the ship were pleased at the results."

Clague received his honorable discharge on May 17, 1946 and returned to Rye. By 1950 he was working fulltime as an accountant for an advertising company.

He married Margery Florence Lanzavecchia in 1952 in New York City, New York and they would have four children during their marriage.

Clague and his family moved to Essex, CT in 1962. There he was a member of the Trinity Mount Olive Lodge No. 43 in Deep River, and was a former member and past president of the Essex Rotary Club.

William "Clague" Olmsted, Navy veteran, died Wednesday December 20,1995 at Middlesex Medical Center-Shoreline. He was 69.

At the time of his death he was survived by his wife, Margery Olmsted; a son, David Olmsted of Old Saybrook; daughters Nina Sulinski of Deep River, Lauri Makuck of Chester and Jane MacFarlane of Killingworth; sisters Sally Weeks of Rye, N.Y., and Mary Toohy of Greenwich; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home with the Rev. Joshua Crowell officiating.

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