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Middleton Elliott

Date of Award: December 4, 1915
Conflict: World War I
Branch: U.S. Navy

Middleton Elliott portraitWhile serving onboard the battleship U.S.S. Florida in 1914, Middleton Elliott and his shipmates, along with sailors from several other U.S. Navy ships, were ordered to seize the customs house at Vera Cruz, Mexico. As the brigade surgeon, Elliott was charged with establishing and supervising the field hospital and dressing stations necessary for treating the sailors and Marines wounded in the engagement. Under enemy gunfire, Elliott treated the casualties at the aid station on Pier Four. He was recognized for his outstanding care of the wounded by Medical Inspector Leckinski W. Spratling, who praised Elliott’s “untiring efforts and effective work.”

Citation: “Surgeon Elliott was eminent in the efficient establishment and operation of the base hospital, and in his cool judgment and courage in supervising first-aid stations of the firing line and removing the wounded.”

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