LCDR George Fountain Parrott

LCDR George Fountain Parrott

Birth
Falling Creek, Lenoir County, North Carolina, USA
Death 9 Oct 1918 (aged 30)
At Sea
Burial Brookwood, Woking Borough, Surrey, England
Plot No Known Grave; his name is listed on the Tablets of the Missing.
Memorial ID 56503761 · View Source
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Lieutenant Commander, US Navy; Executive Officer of the destroyer USS Shaw (DD-68). On 9 October 1918, while escorting the SS Aquitania in the English Channel, the Shaw's rudder jammed just as she was completing the right leg of a zigzag, leaving her headed directly towards the transport. A moment later, the Aquitania struck the Shaw, cutting off 90 feet of the destroyer's bow, mangling her bridge and setting her on fire. The Shaw's crew heroically brought her damage under control, and a skeleton crew of 21 men took the wreck 40 miles into port under her own power. 12 men, including Parrott, died in the accident. Parrott was awarded the Navy Cross; his citation reads: "The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant George Fountain Parrott, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in the line of his profession on the U.S.S. SHAW, when that vessel was rammed by the steamship AQUITANIA on 9 October 1918. Lieutenant Parrot lost his life on that occasion." His remains were never recovered. The Shaw underwent repairs at Portsmouth, England, and returned to the US where she was placed in reserve until 1926 when she was handed over to the Coast Guard for use in the "Rum Patrol" during Prohibition.


Gravesite Details There is a cenotaph in his memory at Maplewood Cemetery in Kinston, North Carolina.

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  • Maintained by: Doc Wilson
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56503761
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LCDR George Fountain Parrott (23 Dec 1887–9 Oct 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56503761, citing Brookwood American Military Cemetery, Brookwood, Woking Borough, Surrey, England ; Maintained by Doc Wilson (contributor 47464039) .