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Arthur J. Elliot II
Birth name Arthur James Elliot II
Nickname "Jack"
Born (1933-04-09)April 9, 1933
Died December 29, 1968(1968-12-29) (aged 35)
Place of birth Thomaston, Maine, U.S.
Place of death Gò Công, Vietnam
Buried at Cremated, buried at Sea
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1956–1968
Rank U.S. Navy O-4 insignia.svg Lieutenant commander
Unit PBR Squadron 57
Commands held River Patrol Flotilla 5 (RIVPATFLOT 5)
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Operation Game Warden
Operation Sealords
Awards Legion of Merit ribbon.svgLegion of Merit Medal
Bronze Star Medal ribbon with "V" device, 1st award.svgBronze Star Medal(Combat Distinguishing Device)
Purple Heart BAR.svg Purple Heart
Combat Action Ribbon.svg Combat Action Ribbon

Lieutenant Commander Authur James Elliot II (9 April 1933-December 29, 1968) was an American naval officer killed during the Vietnam War. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Gorham State Teachers College in Gorham, Maine, in 1955. In June 1956, he entered the Navy Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in the Naval Reserve in October of that year. He then served successive sea duty tours on USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729) for two years, and was promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade). His next tour was on USS Little Rock (CLG-4). In 1962, Elliot was assigned as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Upon completion of this tour, he reported for duty as Operations Officer aboard USS John King(DDG-3).[1][2] He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert B. Elliot of Thomaston, Maine.

In December 1967, Elliot volunteered for duty in Vietnam, where he served as Commanding Officer of PBR Squadron 57, operating in the Mekong Delta. Under his command, his squadron of river boats achieved an outstanding combat record, taking part in several major riverine operations. On 29 December 1968, Elliot was killed in action while leading his squadron in a riverine interdiction mission. He received the Bronze Star with Combat "V".[3]

Elliot's awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, the Bronze Star with Combat "V", the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service medal with two bronze stars, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm, the National Order of Vietnam (5th Class), the Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal and the Navy Expedition Medal.


USS Elliot (DD-967) was named in his honor and in commission from 22 January 1977 to 2 December 2003.

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