Gravesite of Lt (jg) Thomas E Zellars -Namesake of USS Zellars DD 777

Gravesite of Lt (jg) Thomas E Zellars -Namesake of USS Zellars DD 777 (HMJSV)

Location: Grantville, GA 30220 Coweta County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 14.166', W 84° 49.734'

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Grantville native Thomas E Zellars (1898-1924) graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1920 and reported for duty aboard the USS Mississippi. As turret commander he rose to the rank of lieutenant. In 1924, an explosion and fire engulfed his turret. Zellars and 47 others were killed but not before he opened a flood valve on the burning powder train - an act that saved the ship and its crew. In 1944 Naval Destroyer USS Zellars DD777 was launched in Zellars honor. It went on to serve in both WWII and the Korean War receiving five battle stars. The ship was decommissioned in 1971.
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number38-1
Year Placed1999
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Society and the City of Grantville
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 7:45am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 702292 N 3679562
Decimal Degrees33.23610000, -84.82890000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 14.166', W 84° 49.734'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 14' 9.96" N, 84° 49' 44.04" W
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Area Code(s)770, 706, 678
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 99 Brown School Dr, Grantville GA 30220, US
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