LCDR George Fitzallan, Ellis
Jan 1955 - Jan 1957
George F. Ellis was born in Salisbury, NC on May 4, 1923. He graduated from Boyden High School in Salisbury in 1940 and attended Georgia Military Academy in College Park, GA prior to entering the United States Naval Academy in July 1941. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy in June 1944 he was ordered to duty in the submarine service and reported to submarine school in New London, CT. After completing submarine school in December 1944 he reported aboard the USS Mapiro (SS-376) which was then under construction in Manitowoc, WI. He was serving aboard the Mapiro on her first war patrol in the Pacific when the war ended. After leaving the Mapiro he served aboard the submarines Sterlet (SS 392), Sea Fox (SS 402), Icefish (SS 367) and Hardhead (SS 365) and as instructor in submarine school. LCDR Ellis assumed command of the USS Bang (SS-385) in January 1955. From June, 1966 through July, 1968 then Captain Ellis was Commanding Officer of the submarine tender USS Simon Lake (AS-33). For this assignment he received his first Legion of Merit (LOM) for "exceptional meritorious conduct as Commanding Officer in support of forward deployed Polaris submarines." He received a second LOM for his exceptional leadership as Commander Submarine Flotilla Seven in Yokosuka, Japan and a third for service as senior military advisor to two US ambassadors to NATO in Belgium including the former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In 1972 Captain Ellis was selected for Rear Admiral. Admiral Ellis lived in Annapolis, MD. and Vero Beach, FL. He departed on eternal patrol on September 24, 2020 at age 97.
Rear Admiral George F. Ellis (Ret) - 2006