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Frederick Henry McClurg


Registration number 20100317B


This certifies that the heraldic arms of Frederick Henry McClurg which are offered in memoriam and conveyed to his descendants are registered and described by the blazon below

Arms: Per fess Argent and Azure in chief two ravens proper jointly transfixed by an arrow fesswise point to sinister in base a fouled anchor Or.
Crest: On a wreath Argent and Azure a mast flying to sinister a pennant Azure and supporting a full sail bearing a raven proper transfixed by an arrow fesswise point to sinister Or.
Motto: Omnia Pro Bono (All for the Good)

Registration

2009 American College of Heraldry #3242
The International Register of Arms, 14th December 2011. Registration No. 0208 (Vol.2)

Biographical information

Armiger b. April 17, 1924 in Greenville, PA, d. October 17, 1994. Son of Clifford Wilfred McClurg and Dorothy Elizabeth nee Keibort. Mr. McClurg enlisted in the US Navy on May 17, 1941 in Erie, PA. He served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. Married Elaine Trula Becker on July 16, 1949. He served in the Korean War and continued his service aboard several ships and in Guam. Retired as a Chief Petty Officer on March 1, 1961. Mr. and Mrs. McClurg had two children: Timothy Michael McClurg (b. 1961) and Kathleen Anne McClurg (b. 1963). After several years adjusting to civilian life, Mr. McClurg was appointed as Secretary Treasurer of Harbor Creek Township and remained in that position for 15 years, then served as Parks Director for 8 more years until his retirement in 1987. Trula McClurg joined her husband on Novemenber 18, 2011. They are survived their son and daughter-in law, Timothy Michael McClurg and Rhonda Lynn (nee Johnson) with their four children: Kelly Elizabeth (1986), Amanda Katharine (1988), Brian Matthew (1990) and Shannon Laura (1992). They are also survived by their daughter, Kathleen Anne McClurg and her daughter Caitlin Elaine (1994).

Design rationale

The ravens transfixed refer to a Scottish story in which a widow's sons by three different men performed archery to show prowess with weapons for Robert the Bruce while he was on the run from the English. The brother's names were Murdoch, McKie and McClurg. The brothers joined The Bruce's army until he became Robert I, King of Scotland. The fouled anchor is representative of the armiger's service in the US Navy and promotion to Chief Petty Officer. As many in the service observe, "Once a Chief, always a Chief." The mast is again a symbol of travel by sea. The motto Omnia Pro Bono is found on a tombstone in Minnigaff Churchyard in Scotland which bears the earliest known arms associated with the McClurg name. And this motto fit the armiger well throughout his life of service to his country and community. (I must note here that the arms are not recorded nor granted in Scotland, and are believed to have been taken from Murdoch arms. The stone was erected in the late 1700's and there is no one living who can attest to their origin.)

Registered by

Kathleen Anne McClurg

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Personal, Original, US, M

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