GM1c Edward Hay Clough,

Unknown Sailor

GM1c Edward jay Clough

Edward Jay Clough was killed on the U.S.S. Arizona at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, but he continues to be remembered in his home state of Nebraska thanks to scholarships supported by his sister.

Helen Clough helped establish the Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship Fund in honor of her only brother. It gives up to five $2,000 scholarships each year to high school students from home towns of Nebraska men killed on the Arizona. She first gave $10,000 and left $100,000 more upon her death in 1999.

The Cloughs were the children of farmers Stephen E. Clough and Elva Henderson Clough. Edward, born Aug. 24, 1913, was the oldest. Their mother died in February 1918. Though he remained in regular contact with his father and sister in Lincoln, Edward went to live on a farm between Shelby and Osceola, Nebraska, with an aunt and uncle, Lida Henderson Croisant and Albert Croisant. 

Edward attended school at Shelby and enlisted in the Navy in 1934. He was a gunner’s mate and petty officer first class when he was killed.


Sources: the Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal-Star; the Fremont (Nebraska) Tribune; the Shelby (Nebraska) Sun; Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation; grave marker; Census; Veterans Administration. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.

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