GEORGE F. PARROTT, JR., LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Parrott, Jr. '11

Date of birth: December 22, 1887

Date of death: October 9, 1918

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1911 Lucky Bag:

Loss

John is pictured (front row, left) aboard USS New Hampshire, possibly with his division.

George was lost on October 9, 1918 when USS Shaw (Destroyer No. 68) collided with a steamship she was escorting. Eleven others were also lost. He was the ship's executive officer.

He was survived by his parents and six siblings; George has a memory marker in North Carolina.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

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.

Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Shaw

Memorial

George's classmates erected a plaque in his honor in Memorial Hall.

Memorial Hall Error

George is listed as a Commander with his classmates in Memorial Hall; as a Lieutenant Commander on his plaque in Memorial Hall; his Navy Cross lists him as a Lieutenant, and his memorial as a Lieutenant Commander. Suspect Lieutenant Commander is correct.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

January 1912

Midshipman, New Hampshire

Others at this command: MIDN Godfrey Chevalier '10.

January 1913

Ensign, Montgomery

Others at this command: ENS Nathan Chase '12.

January 1914

Ensign, New Hampshire

January 1915

Ensign, USS Beale

January 1916

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Jacob Jones

January 1917

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Academy

Others at this command: LT Theodore Ellyson '05, LT Isaac Kidd '06, and LTjg Valentine Bieg '10.

March 1918

Lieutenant, USS Henley


Class of 1911

George is one of 15 members of the Class of 1911 on Virtual Memorial Hall.