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bomber squadron which saw com- bat in the Pacific Theatre during World War II (Captain Clayton Clifton Marcy Official Service Record, n.d.). In July of 1943, by that time a commander, Marcy reported to the Navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics Helicopter Class Desk. In this position, he was one of the most senior officers in the Navy working on establishing a helicop- ter program. At the time, the heli- copter was new, unproven and had few supporters.


Consequently,


many people in the Navy did not want to see the helicopter program succeed. Despite the lack of enthu- siasm, Commander Marcy set to work researching helicopter capa- bilities and developing a way ahead. In October of 1945, Marcy graduated from the Coast Guard’s helicopter training program. Navy records show that he was the seventh designated Navy helicopter pilot. There is some discrepancy with this number due to the fact that the first Navy helicopter pilot and early Coast Guard helicopter pilots (who received their training while the Coast Guard was under the control of the Navy) were trained at the


Captain Clayton C. Marcy, USN


On February 15, 1943, the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Naval Fleet issued a directive assigning responsibility for devel- opment of sea going helicopter operations to the United States Coast Guard. Due to World War II, the Coast Guard was under the control of the Department of Defense and therefore reported to the Navy. However, by the start of 1946, the Coast Guard was back under the control of the Treasury Department. This forced the Navy to stand up its own helicopter pro- gram (Beard, T., 1998).


One of the architects of this program was ROTORCRAFTPROFESSIONAL


Clayton C. Marcy. in Lander, WY.


Clayton Clifton Marcy grew up In June of 1929,


Marcy graduated from the Naval Academy and received a commis- sion as an ensign. Marcy began his career as a fixed wing aviator after completing Navy Flight School in Pensacola, FL in 1931. For the next twelve years Marcy served in various fixed wing aviator positions. These positions included Commanding Officer of VP-11, a seaplane patrol


HIS OFFICIAL SERVICE RECORD INDICATES THAT IN DECEMBER OF 1947 HE COMPLETED THE FIRST TRANSCONTINENTAL HELICOPTER TRIP FROM LAKEHURST, NEW JERSEY TO SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA


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