Elliott, Middleton Stuart, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary NEC
210X-Medical Corp Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Staff Corps Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, 210X, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)
Service Years
1896 - 1942
Medical Corps
Vice Admiral

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Home State
South Carolina
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Home Town
Last Address
Beaufort, South Carolina

Date of Passing
Oct 29, 1952
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
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Not Specified

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Middleton Stuart Elliott was born in Beaufort, South Carolina, and graduated from Columbia University in 1894.  He was commissioned an Assistant Surgeon in the Medical Corps, 6 October 1896.  Elliott served in the Spanish-American War on board the battleships U.S.S. New York and U.S.S. Indiana.

While serving on board the battleship U.S.S. Florida in 1914, Elliott and his shipmates, along with sailors from several other U.S. Navy ships, were ordered to seize the customs house at Vera Cruz, Mexico.  Vera Cruz was invaded because of a prior incident in which U.S. Navy sailors were detained by Mexican authorities at Tampico, and out of concern about a foreign shipment of weapons to Mexico that threatened to further destabilize the Mexican political landscape.  Although U.S. officers and politicians (including President Woodrow Wilson) expected little opposition, the occupation was fiercely contested by the Mexican Army, cadets of the Mexican Naval Academy, and some citizens of Vera Cruz.  On 21 April, U.S. forces participated in a number of small engagements.  As the Brigade Surgeon Elliott was charged with establishing and supervising the field hospital and dressing stations necessary for treating the Sailors and Marines wounded in the engagement.  Under enemy gunfire, Elliott treated the casualties at the aid station on Pier Four.  He was recognized for his outstanding care of the wounded by Medical Inspector Leckinski W. Spratling, who praised Elliott’s “untiring efforts and effective work.”  Elliott received the Medal of Honor for his distinguished service.

During World War I, Elliott served in the Medical Corps as the commander of the Canacao Naval Hospital, Philippines.  Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1933, Elliott served as Inspector of the Medical Department on both the East and West Coasts before his retirement on 1 November 1936.  Elliott died 29 October 1952 and is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California.

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For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Surg. Elliott was eminent and conspicuous in the efficient establishment and operation of the base hospital, and in his cool judgment and courage in supervising first aid stations on the firing line and removing the wounded.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyBureau of Medicine (BUMED)Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)
  1898-1898, 210X, USS Indiana (BB-1)
  1914-1914, USS Florida (BB-30)
  1916-1919, 210X, Naval Hospital Canacao, Philippines
  1930-1936, 210X, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)
  1936-1942, 210X, Broken Service
  1942-1942, 210X, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of San Juan
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of Manila Bay
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of Santiago
  1914-1914 US Occupation of Veracruz
 Other News, Events and Photographs
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