Arthur Vincent Ely, born 8 March 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pa., graduated from the Naval Academy in 1935, and after aviation training in 1938 joined Torpedo Squadron 6. Lieutenant Ely's plane was shot down 4 June 1942 in the Battle of Midway. For his vigorous assault on Japanese forces, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. DE-309 was named in his honor.
Cities in Minnesota and Nevada. PCE-880 was named in their honor.
Ely (DE-309) was launched 10 April 1944 by Mare Island Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. Ann G. Ely, widow of Lieutenant Ely; and never completed. .Her construction was canceled 5 September 1944.
On 15 February 1956 PCE-880 (q.v.) was assigned the name Ely.