Clayton Magnus Opp, USCG

Birth details unknown



Retired: 1957


Warship Commands listed for Clayton Magnus Opp, USCG

USS Gallup (PF-47)Frigate29 Feb 1944 (1)

Career information

From his obituary:

"Clayton M. Opp, 79, a retired Coast Guard captain and former defense industry marketing executive who was active in volunteer work, died Aug. 1 at his home in Falls Church after a heart attack. He had lived in this area since 1959. Capt. Opp was born in Appleton, Minn., and grew up in Yakima, Wash. After graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1935, he did graduate work in chemistry and physics at the University of Chicago before returning to the Academy as an instructor. During World War II, he served aboard a patrol frigate in the Southwest Pacific. After the war, he received a master's degree in business administration at Harvard University and commanded a cutter in Hawaii. Later posts included those of supply division chief at Coast Guard headquarters here. His last assignment, before retiring from active duty in 1957, was as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Supply Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

After retirement from the service, he held several executive posts dealing with government marketing. He worked for several companies, including International Telephone & Telegraph and Litton Industries. From 1968 to 1972, he worked for the Kaman Aerospace Corp. here, retiring as vice president for Washington operations. He then was a consultant until the late 1980s. Capt. Opp, as a volunteer, recorded more than 100 books for the Recording Service for the Visually Handicapped. He had served on the Falls Church-based organization's board of directors and had served on the national board and the finance committee of the Retired Officers Association."

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