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 Kinston, Lenoir County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 88187229 · 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 Cenotaph; he is also remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at Brookwood American Cemetery in England.

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  • Created by: Doc Wilson
  • Added: 7 Apr 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 88187229
  • 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. 88187229, citing Maplewood Cemetery, Kinston, Lenoir County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Doc Wilson (contributor 47464039) .