Corporal Clarence J. McClary

Corporal Clarence J. McClary

Alexandria Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, March 17, 1935

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Clarence J. McClary

Corporal McClary was shot and killed in the mountains south of Leesburg, Virginia, while searching for a man who had shot and wounded a federal officer the previous day. He was a member of a posse of federal, state, and Alexandria officers searching for the escaped convict.

The suspect was apprehended later that day, and after pleading guilty, was sentenced to 20 years.

Corporal McClary had served with the agency for 8 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

His brother, Sergeant Charles McClary, had been shot and killed in the line of duty on June 20, 1929, while also serving with the Alexandria Police Department.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

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Cpl. McClary,
On today, the 84th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Alexandria. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 17, 2019

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