Lot 840

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CAPT. DAVID H. MCCLINTOCK (1912-200) American naval officer who devoted thirty years to the submarine service. McClintock is most remembered for his valiant service during World War II as commanding officer of the USS DARTER, which contacted and reported to MacArthur's forces the approach of the Japanese fleet enroute to Leyte Gulf. Firing the first shot of the battle of Leyte Gulf, the greatest naval engagement in world history, the Darter sank the heavy cruiser Atago, flagship of the Japanese fleet and heavily damaged a second cruiser, the Takao on Oct. 23, 1944. With the USS DACE, she tracked the damaged cruiser through the tortuous channels of Palawan Passage until just after midnight of the 24th when the Darter grounded on Bombay Shoal where she rests and remains visible to this day. For heroic service in that command, McClintock was awarded the Navy Cross, Silver Star. and the Bronze Star. We offer, direct from his estate, a large collection of material personally owned by McClintock and much of which was formerly displayed at the USS Darter/USS Dace Silebt Service Memorial in Michigan. Included in the collection is: his captain's shoulderboards; four white cotton sailor's shirts, long-sleeved, with his name stenciled on the front, four without name; his vintage WWII canvas seaman's bag with his last name stenciled thereon; Naval Academy blazer with emroidered logo and necktie; seven khaki officer's shirts, blue wool blkazer with gold piping on sleeves and Navy buttons, with two pairs trousers; shooting vest with his name and "USS BARKER" stenciled thereon; a wool jacket with embroidered with dragons, etc. likely made for him in Korea, ca. 1950; four small plaques awarded to him for service; a heavy gold ring with a blue stone and engraving within, possibly from West Point. Regrettably the stone has been removed from the ring and is damaged as a result; his Navy web belt, a floppy sailor's cap; a white formal dinner jacket and pants; three pairs of sailor's white lace-up garters; a white sack with his name stenciled thereon; reunion items, five pieces of family silverware; three VHS tapes of McClintock's Recognition Ceremoney at the Darter/Dace memorial in 2000 and the exhibit of his memorabilia, and most interestingly, a jointed toy elephant - perhaps a good luck charm he took with him on patrol? A fine collection from the man who fired the first shot in the greatest naval battle in world history! From the personal collection of World War II and Civil War historian Michael Miner. Miner's thirty-year collection was built through an extensive system of contacts he developed with artifact hunters and diggers in Europe and the Far East, and he maintained careful records of the items he amassed.

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January 21, 2010 10:00 AM EST
Stamford, CT, US

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