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 George Washington De Long

George Washington De Long

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 31 Oct 1881 (aged 37)
Matvay Hut, Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Russia
Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Plot Chapel Hill Plot, Section 4
Memorial ID 2871 · View Source
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United States Naval Officer, Explorer. An 1865 graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In 1879 he commanded an expedition on board the gunboat "USS Jeanette" designed to discover a faster way to traverse the North Pole by going through the Bering Strait. During the summer of 1881 the ship was wrecked and sunk by Arctic ice, and Lieutenant Commander De Long and most of his men perished from starvation after abandoning ship. A year after they died the bodies of George W. De Long and his men were found, and he was eventually interred in Woodlawn Cemetery with five of his crew. Two United States Navy Destroyers were named in his honor - the World War I-era "Wickes"-class DD-129, and the World War II-era "Rudderow"-class destroyer escort DD-684.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 5 May 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2871
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Washington De Long (22 Aug 1844–31 Oct 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2871, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .