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Vice Admiral Middleton S. Elliott, Medical Corps, USN, (Retired), (1872-1952)

Middleton Stuart Elliott was born on 16 October 1872 in Beauford, South Carolina. He was appointed from that same state to the U.S. Navy as a Passed Assistant Surgeon with the rank of Ensign. After briefly serving at the Naval Laboratory in New York, he reported to USS Porter then transferred to USS Texas, where he participated in the Spanish-American War. In October 1899, Elliott was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade and ordered to Port Royal Naval Station, South Carolina. Following this duty, he served on the following vessels, USS Annapolis, USS Kentucky and USS New York. While at sea, he was promoted to Lieutenant. In March 1903, Elliott was promoted to Surgeon with the corresponding rank of Lieutenant Commander. In November, he reported to Naval Hospital Norfolk, Virginia. Two years later, he served in succession on board the monitor Florida, USS Saint Louis and USS Maine. In November 1908, he was assigned to the Naval Hospital in Washington D.C.

In the summer of 1911, Elliott was ordered to USS Utah , transferring to USS Florida. While on Florida, he participated as a Surgeon in the intervention at Vera Cruz, Mexico. On 21 April 1914, he quickly established a base hospital and courageously supervised the removal of the wounded and field station operations until the city's capture the next day. For his "distinguished conduct in battle" on this occasion, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. That summer, he reported for shore duty at the Navy Recruiting Station in New York City, New York. While on recruiting duty in August 1916, he was promoted to Medical Inspector with the corresponding rank of Commander. During World War I, he commanded the Naval Hospital and Supply Depot at Canacao, Philippines. In January 1918, Elliott was promoted Medical Director with the corresponding rank of Captain. Returning to the Washington D.C. in December 1919, he assumed command of the Naval Hospital.

In April 1923, Elliott served at the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, followed with tour at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington. In June 1927, he was promoted to Rear Admiral. In June 1929, he became the District Medical Officer at the Eleventh Naval District, San Diego, California. Returning to Washington, D.C. three years later, he served on the Naval Retirement Board observing Medical and Naval Exams. Remaining in the area during the Fall of 1933, he became an Inspector at the Medical Department Activities section within the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. In January 1935, Elliott became the President of the Naval Retirement Board. In December, he appointed as the Inspector of Medical Department Activities for the Eleventh, Twelve, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth Naval Districts. In November 1936, he retired and was placed on the retired list. During World War II, he was briefly recalled to active duty in February 1942 was promoted to Vice Admiral then was placed back on the retired list with his promoted rank. Middleton S. Elliott died on 29 October 1952 and is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California.

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Lieutenant Commander Middleton S. Elliott, (M.C.), USN


During the intervention at Vera Cruz, Mexico, he quickly established a base hospital and courageously surpervised the removal of the wounded and field station operations until they city was captured, 21-22 April 1914. For his "distinguished conduct in battle" on this occasion, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

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Surgeon Middleton S. Elliott, (M.C.), USN


He was awarded the Medal of Honor for services in the Vera Cruz Operations on 21 and 22 April 1914.

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USS Maine
(Battleship #10)

Portrait photograph of the Officers and Crew, taken circa 1908, in Magdalene Bay, Mexico.
Personnel listed are:
Midshipman Joseph S. Evans, USN;
Seaman Howard, USN;
Seaman Willis, USN;
Lieutenant Walter E. Whitehead, USN;
Lieutenant Ralph Earle, USN;
Captain Giles B. Harber, USN;
Lieutenant Commander Middleton S. Elliott, Surgeon, USN;
Lieutenant Frank P. Baldwin, USN;
Lieutenant Junior Grade Dow H. Casto, Assistant Surgeon, USN;
Midshipman Harold M. Bemis, USN;
Midshipman Robert T. S. Lowell, USN;
Midshipman Charles C. Slayton, USN;
Midshipman Elmer W. Tod, USN;
Midshipman Cortlandt C. Baughman, USN;
Midshipman Andrew S. Hickey, USN;
Ensign Byron McCandless, USN;
Ensign Hugh M. Walker, USN;
Ensign Lamar R. Leahy, USN;
Ensign Roscoe F. Dillen, USN; and
Ensign Edmund S. Root, USN

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C., collection of Rear Admiral Harold M. Bemis, USN, (Retired).

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USS Florida
(Battleship # 30)

Officers, photographed on board the ship on 1 March 1912.
Those present are identified in Photo # NH 46702 (complete caption).

Donation of Captain Joseph S. Evans, USN.

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Officers of USS Florida
(Battleship #30)

Ashore at Culebra, Puerto Rico, in 1914.
They are left to right:
Commander Raymond D. Hasbrouck, USN;
Lieutenant Commander Middleton S. Elliott, Surgeon, USN;
Lieutenant Junior Grade Francis Cogswell, USN; and
Lieutenant Commander Eugene F. Hall, Paymaster, USN

Collection of Commander Richard Wainwright, Jr., USN, (Retired).

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Medal of Honor citation of Surgeon Middleton S. Elliott, USN (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 98):

"For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Surgeon Elliott was eminent and conspicuous in the efficient establishment and operation of the base hospital, and in his cool judgement and courage in supervising first-aid stations on the firing line and removing the wounded."


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