Elliot, Richard McCall, Jr., LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1917-1918, USS Manley (DD-74)
Service Years
1909 - 1918
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bryn Mawr
Last Address
New York, New York

Casualty Date
Mar 19, 1918
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Other Explosive Device
North Atlantic Ocean
World War I
Location of Interment
Church of the Redeemer Cemetery - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1910-1910, USS Michigan (BB-27)
  1914-1915, USS Aylwin (DD-47)
  1917-1918, USS Manley (DD-74)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I/Atlantic Convoy
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United States Naval Academy
  1905-1909, United States Naval Academy
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Last Known Activity
On 19 March 1918, Lt. Cmdr. Richard McCall Elliot, Jr. was serving aboard the USS Manley (DD-74) in operations off Queenstown, Ireland, escorting British ships in convoy into port in Ireland.  

At one point, the Manley and the British auxiliary cruiser (armed merchant cruiser), HMS Motagua, collided, causing the depth charges aboard the Manley to ignite and explode, killing Lt. Cmdr. Elliot , the executive officer, and 33 other crewmen. The explosions and fire severely damaged the Manley.

Earlier in his career, in 1915, he had been recognized for bravery during operations in the previous year.  Then, during operations off the North Carolina Coast, his ship, the USS Aylwyn (DD-7), experienced a boiler explosion in the No. 1 fire room, killing two men, flooding the engine room. He was instrumental in rescuing the engine room crew.

Following his death in the North Atlantic, he was interred in the Church of the Redeemer Cemetery, Bryn Mawr, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, in Plot: Lot 152. He left a young wife, whom he'd married in 1917 in Philadelphia.

The USS Elliot (DD 146) was christened in his honor, receiving its commision 25 on January 1919.

"The ship's log of HMS Motagua of the 19th March 1918, lists 1 Officer and 17 men missing, 2 Officers and 17 men identified killed and 1 unidentified killed. In addition there were 30 on the sick list. HMS Motagua made it to Plymouth assisted by a tug. The Commonwealth War Graves list 2 Officers and 27 men (Navy, Merchant Navy and Royal Marines) died on the 19th or within a month of that date from HMS Motagua. Those killed on the 19th were buried at sea. "

Note:  Some sources list the crew losses as high as 56 men.

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