Historic Markers Across Alabama



John Tillman Melvin United States Navy R.F.



Marker ID:  
Location: at the intersection of Lauderdale Street and Alabama Avenue, Selma, Alabama
County: Dallas
Coordinates: N 32° 24.431    W 087° 1.259
  32.40718333    -87.02098333
Style: Carved Stone **
Waymark: None
 



Text:

Erected by the Citizens of Selma
to Commemorate the Heroism of
Lieutenant John Tillman Melvin
United States Navy, R.F.

Born Selma, Alabama Oct. 16, 1887 Among the first to volunteer and the first American Naval officer killed in action in our war with Germany. Lost his life by a torpedo from a German submarine while aboard the U.S. Ship Alcedo off the coast of France Nov. 5, 1917.

He gave his life that Democracy and Liberty might live.

Erected by Citizens of Selma.







End of John Tillman Melvin United States Navy R.F.