WWI Snapshot: William Bellamy St George 1896-1961

William Bellamy St. George served in both WWI and WWII. His son also served in the US Navy, achieving the rank of Vice Admiral.

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William Bellamy St. George enlisted in the US Navy on May 26, 1917. He served as a Machinist Mate, 1st and 2nd Class, until he was appointed officer on October 4, 1918. He was discharged on January 29, 1921.

He returned to Southport, but eventually made his home in Annapolis, MD. His obituary, shown below, describes his WWII service.

His son, William Ross St. George, followed his father into service and had a very distinguished career. His biography is also shown below.

William Bellamy St. George passed away on June 18, 1961. He was buried in Annapolis, MD. No military honors are shown. His obituary, shown below, was added to findagrave.

Source: Annapolis Capital, 22 June 1961, p.5
William Bellamy St. George
Funeral services for William Bellamy St. George, 65, were held last night from the Taylor Funeral Chapel, 147 Duke of Gloucester St.

The services were conducted by the Rev. William E. First, of Calvary Methodist Church. Burial was in the Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery.

The pallbearers were: Dr. Joseph G. Shevenell, Brendan O’Dwyer, Jerome A. Clark, Charles A. Santore, J. Stuart Whehon, and Nicholas J. Fotes.

Mr. St. George, who lived at 200 King George St., died Sunday at the Anne Arundel General Hospital, after a short illness. The son of the late William St. George and Mrs. Isabelle Wescott St. George, he was born in Southport, N.C.

He was a real estate broker and a member of the Pythagorus Lodge No. 349, A.F. and A.M. of Southport; a member of the board of directors of the Sixth District Democratic Club and the Eastport Democratic Club. During World War I he served as an ensign in the Navy and in World War II was captain of an Army transport in the Alaskan and Aleutian area. He was also a former member of the Cape Fear Pilot Association of Southport, N.C.

Mr. St. George is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ila R. St. George; a daughter, Mrs. H. Nelson Upthegrove, of Bernardsville, N.J.; a son, Lt. Comdr. William St. George, USN, of Newport, R.I.; three sisters, Mrs. William H. Stone and Mrs. John E. Vereen, both of Little River, N.C. and Mrs. Paul M. Snell, of Wilmington, N.C. and five grandchildren.

Source of his son’s biography: US Navy biography
Vice Admiral William St. George
Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (July 1976 – May 1979)

William Ross St. George hailed from native of Southport, N.C. While enrolled at the University of Washington, he received a presidential appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. He graduated in 1946 and went on to command the destroyer escort Van Voorhis from 1961 to 1962, the destroyer Richard E. Byrd from 1964 to 1965 and the guided missile cruiser Josephus Daniels in 1969 and 1970.

William St. George performed postgraduate work in law at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he graduated with distinction in 1953. From 1971 to 1973, St. George served as principal adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the National Strategic Objectives Plan. VADM William St. George served as Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet from July 1976 to May 1979. He retired from the Navy as a Vice Admiral in 1979 after 38 years of service.

During his military career, he received a Distinguished Service Medal, a Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.

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