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Frederick Henry McClurg

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 14th December 2011. Registration No. 0208 (Vol.2)

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: 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)

Family Badge: A torch enflamed and two arrows in saltire point upward Or all grasped within a raven's claw erased to sinister Proper.

Private Registration: 2009 American College of Heraldry #3242; USHR Registration number 20100317B
 

The Arms of Frederick Henry Mclurg

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 his 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. (The registrant feels it appropriate to note here that the arms are neither recorded nor granted in Scotland, and are believed to have been taken from Murdoch arms. The stone referred to was erected in the late 1700's and there is no one living who can attest to its origin.)

The Armiger was born April 17, 1924 in Greenville, PA, and died October 17, 1994 the son of Clifford Wilfred McClurg and Dorothy Elizabeth (Keibort). Mr. McClurg enlisted in the US Navy on May 17, 1941 in Erie, PA. and 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). Mr. McClurg was appointed as Secretary Treasurer of Harbor Creek Township, Erie County, PA and remained in that position for 15 years, then served as Parks Director for 8 more years until his retirement in 1987. Mr. McClurg’s wife of 45 years, rejoined her husband on November 18th, 2011. Mr. McClurg is survived his son and daughter-in law, Timothy Michael McClurg and Rhonda Lynn (Johnson) with their four children: Kelly Elizabeth (1986), Amanda Katharine (1988), Brian Matthew (1990) and Shannon Laura (1992). He is also survived by his daughter, Kathleen Anne McClurg and her daughter Caitlin Elaine (1994).

The arms were designed by the IAAH and are emblazoned by Sandy Turnbull.

 
 

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