Name: George Fountain Parrott
Given Name: George Fountain
Prefix: Lt. Cmder
Birth: 23 Dec 1887 in Falling Creek, Lenoir Co., North Carolina
Death: 9 Oct 1918 in Aboard the USS Shaw (DD-68) in the English Channel
Change Date: 1 Nov 2012 at 20:26
George Fountain Parrott (23 December 1887 - 9 October 1918 ) was an officer in the United States Navy during World War I .
"Born at Falling Creek, North Carolina, Parrott was appointed Midshipman 3 July 1906 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1911. Attached to Shaw (DD-68) in the English Channel, when, on convoy duty, that destroyer was cut in two by British troopship Aquitania while pursuing a German submarine. Lt. Parrott was killed during the accident.
USS Parrott (DD-218) was named for him."
"Shaw's own ordeal came on 9 October 1918. While escorting the giant British transport, Aquitania, 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, Aouitania struck Shaw, cutting off 90 feet of the destroyer's bow, mangling her bridge and setting her on fire. 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."
"George Fountain Parrott, born 23 December 1887 at Falling Creek, N.C., was appointed Midshipman 3 July 1906 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1911. Attached to Shaw (DD- 68) in the English Channel, when, on convoy duty, that destroyer was cut in two by British troopship Acquitania while pursuing a German submarine. Lt. Parrott went down with his ship 9 October 1918."
From: United States Naval Academy Lucky Bag Year Book, 1911, p 195
"George Fountain Parrott, Jr. "Polly" "Bird"
George Fountain Parrott, Jr., was born in Falling Creek, N.C., on December 22, 1887. He attended successively the Kingstown Graded School and the Rhodes Military Institute, but did not graduate from either. He then went to the Oak Ridges Institute, N.C., from which he graduated. His present home address is Kinston, N.C. He was appointed from the 2nd district, North Carolina, by the Hon. C. Kitchin.
You may know Polly intimately for months and never hear him speak an unkind work of another. Appreciating the prevalence of criticism at the Academy, we can realize what it means to abstain from it. Quiet, unassuming, and it must be said, far from addicted to work. Has a Southerner's love of ease, but actually mustered up sufficient energy to be a football representative to the Third Company once upon a time. Always in a good humor. About every three weeks, he becomes very voluble and musical. Though not remarkably religious, Polly was elected President of the Y.M.C.A. Second Class year. However, his high ideals of honor would not permit him to accept the office after learning that the ballots had been stuffed and he resigned in favor of one more religiously inclined. Has long dreamed of a medical career, but will make a better naval officer than doctor."
Father: George Franklin Parrott b: 6 Jun 1859 in Lenoir Co., North Carolina
Mother: Julia Filyaw Bizzell b: 21 Jun 1861 in North Carolina
- Change Date:
1 Jan 2008