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Lieut Arthur Gill Caffee
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Birth: Dec. 20, 1882
Carthage
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Death: Nov. 10, 1910
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Grandparents:
M.M. Caffee
Elizabeth (Warden) Caffee

Parents:
Col. William K. Caffee
Anna Belle (Wilkins)'Pattie' Caffee

Brothers:
John Warden Caffee
Mahlon M. Caffee

Married:
Mayotta Dickerson
May 1906 in Oakland, California

2 daughters:
Patricia 'Patty' Elena Caffee
Elizabeth 'Betty' June Caffee


Attended & Graduated
Virginia Military Academy (VMI)

Appointed U.S. Naval Academy in 1900

The name of Arthur Gill Caffee was listed for 6 years as living hero in the record of the Navy Department.
The young Missouri officer just out of the United States Naval Academy disobeyed the commands of his superior officers April 18, 1904 to go to the rescue of 32 officers and men who lost their lives in the explosion in the after turret of the battleship Missouri.
Although the after turret had flooded neck high with the fire hose, Caffee flung insubordination to the winds and plunged himself in the death chamber of his battleship.
He fought about the water in an effort to find some men whom the spark of life still lingered. Caffee was overcome with water and it was necessary to send volunteers to his rescue.
Congress later recognized Caffee's heroism by voting him medals. Caffee's superior officers never preferred charges of insubordination because Caffee risk his life for his fellow men.

Lieutenant Arthur Gill Caffee tragically lost his life at the Indian Head proving grounds of the Navy.
The gun being tested in the Navy yard factory had already been fired twice and the accident occured during the third round, just as the breech was being closed.
It was reported that the explosion was due to a bent or fouled firing pin which projected beyond the breech plug. The gun discharged before the crew had finished loading it.

Arthur Gill Caffee is buried in
Arlington National Cemetery



 (bio by: Julie Perry) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William King Caffee (1856 - 1923)
  Anna Belle 'Pattie' Wilkins Caffee (1860 - 1911)
 
 Spouse:
  Mayotta Dickinson Southworth (1884 - 1979)
 
 Children:
  Patty Elana Caffee Thomas (1908 - 2001)*
 
 Siblings:
  Infant James Warden Caffee (1879 - 1879)*
  Arthur Gill Caffee (1882 - 1910)
  Mahlon Wilkins Caffee (1886 - 1918)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Lt, USN, Killed in accidental gun accident
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 3
 
Created by: Curt Benge
Record added: Jun 23, 2003
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Lieut Arthur Gill Caffee
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Lieut Arthur Gill Caffee
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- Ryan Curtis
 Added: Jun. 30, 2014

- Remembered ~*~ Angels
 Added: Dec. 11, 2013
BRAVO ZULU, Lieutenant. Rest in peace.
- Landlocked_Seaman
 Added: Sep. 18, 2013
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