Historic Markers Across Georgia



Gravesite of Lt.(JG) Thomas E. Zellars -- Namesake of USS Zellers DD 777



Marker ID: GHS 38-1
Location: Grantville City Cemetery
County: Coweta
Coordinates: N 33° 14.175    W 084° 49.793
  33.23625    -84.82988
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM5DNV
Gravesite of Lt.(JG) Thomas E. Zellars -- Namesake of USS Zellers DD 777 Marker  



Text:

Grantville native Thomas E. Zellars (1898-1924) graduated from the U.S. 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 a burning powder train - an act that saved the ship and its crew. In 1944, Naval destroyer USS Zellars DD 777 was launched in Zellars honor. It went on to serve in both WW II and the Korean War receiving five battle stars. The ship was decommissioned in 1971.

Erected by The Georgia Historical Society and the City of Grantville.
Located at the Grantville City Cemetery.



 
Notes:

USS Zellars
DD 777 (Sumner class)

Builder: Todd Shipyards, Seattle.
Laid Down: December 24, 1943
Launched: July 19, 1944
Commissioned: October 25, 1944
Decommissioned: March 19, 1971
Fate: Sold to Iran March 19, 1971. Renamed Babr; Still active in Iranian Navy - though unoperational since 1994

 

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