Rear Admiral George Fitzallen Ellis Jr.

May 4, 1923September 24, 2020

Rear Admiral George F Ellis, Jr. of Annapolis, MD and Vero Beach, FL, died at his home in Annapolis on September 24, 2020 at the age of 97.

Admiral Ellis was born on May 4, 1923 in Salisbury, North Carolina. After graduating from Boyden High School in 1940 he attended Georgia Military Academy in College Park, Georgia for one year and in 1941 was appointed to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. In June 1944 he graduated from the academy with a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy. He later graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College, and was awarded a Masters degree in Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

After attending submarine school in December 1944 in New London Connecticut, he was ordered aboard the submarine U.S.S. MAPIRO (SS 376) , and was on patrol off the coast of Japan when World War II ended. Following the end of the war, then Ensign Ellis was married to Rachael Beam Trexler, also of Salisbury on October 27, 1945. Rachael was the daughter of Samuel Tilden Trexler and Mattie Senora Beam of Salisbury. George and Rachael were happily married for nearly fifty years until she passed away on January 27, 1995. They had two children: Susan Snyder of Annapolis Maryland and George F. Ellis III of Pooler, Georgia. On July 19,1997, George married Carol Lucille Andrews who recently passed away on July 20, 2020.

Admiral Ellis had a long and distinguished naval career beginning with his service in submarines MAPIRO, STERLET, SEAFOX, ICEFISH, and HARDHEAD. He later commanded U.S.S. BANG, U.S.S. SIMON LAKE, Submarine Division 41. In 1970 he served as the Commander Submarine Flotilla Seven based in Yokosuka Japan. As such, he was the submarine operational commander for the Seventh Fleet and for Special Operations during the Viet Nam War. He also served in a succession of increasingly important staff positions, including Instructor at the Submarine School in New London Connecticut, Weapons Systems Officer for the Submarine Force Atlantic Fleet at a critical time when nuclear weapons were introduced into the submarine force for the first time. He also served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Polaris Missile Program.

In 1963, when President Kennedy first assigned Polaris Missile Submarines to NATO, he was ordered to Paris, France to serve on the staff of the Supreme Commander Allied Powers Europe (SACEUR). In 1972, after being promoted to flag rank, he returned to NATO in Belgium as a military advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to NATO, and later, once again, served on the staff of SACEUR. In 1975-1976 he commanded the South Atlantic Force of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

In 1976 he retired from active duty in the U.S. Navy with the rank of Rear Admiral. His awards included the Legion of Merit (4 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and numerous World War Two campaign and service medals

Following Navy retirement, he joined the Babcock & Wilcox Company. This company was later acquired by McDermott International and he served as a corporate vice-president. After twelve years he again retired in 1988. While with McDermott, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Foreign Trade Council. He was also an active member of the National Iron & Steel Institute, the American Nuclear Energy Council, the National Security Industrial Association, the National Ocean Industries Association, the Business-Government Relations Council, the Washington Industrial Roundtable, the National Chamber of Commerce and the Navy League. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the American University for ten years.

Admiral Ellis is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Rachael Trexler Ellis, his wife of 23 years, Carol Andrews Ellis and his son, George F. Ellis III. He is survived by his daughter, Susan Snyder, five grandchildren: Whitney Ellis, Kyle Ellis, Rachael Lutze, Sarah Snyder, Heather Killinger, and two great-grandsons: Ramsay and James Killinger.

A private service will be held at the Naval Academy Columbarium.

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society:


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Rear Admiral George Fitzallen Ellis Jr.

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October 10, 2020

Farewell Captain.
Lawrence Boone
USS Simon Lake 67-69

Marla Miles

October 8, 2020

George was a true southern gentleman and a distinguished naval officer.
He will be greatly missed. We enjoyed going to Tobys dinner theater and New Providence Club with him and Carol.
Our deepest sympathy to his daughter and family. Jeff and Marla Miles

Jim Knorr

October 8, 2020

Beth and I send our Prayers and Love to Susan and Family. As George and Carol’s“Waterman” for about 10 years I will miss my opportunities to Crab on the the Ellis Pier and share Navy and Worldly News and even Sunsets during my May to October Millville visits. Will not forget Carol’s Crab Dip at Holiday Parties!
Heard lots of Navy stories of George’s, but never got to see him playing his drums —- he spent too much time crawling in the bilges of his boat.
God’s Peace

Linda and Joe Berchielli

October 6, 2020

It is difficult to lose a parent! I know how much you will miss your father. Condolences to Susan Snyder and her family.
Sending our love and sympathy,
Linda and Joe Berchielli

Rich Murphy

October 4, 2020

I was acquainted with Admiral Ellis and his wife , Carol, from our membership in the New Providence Club of Annapolis, Md. I enjoyed my conversations and time spent with them both and recognized Admiral Ellis to be a great American who offered so much to our nation from his years of military and public service. I am saddened by their passing but I am grateful to have known them both. May God bless them both.

Jonathan Woodall

September 30, 2020

With deepest sympathy to Susan Snyder and the entire Ellis family. Grateful to have met the Ellis family when Dad was in the Holy Loch in 66-68 and then Captain Ellis was CO, USS SIMON LAKE. Last saw Admiral Ellis and Carol in July 2019 at the Knudsen family memorial service at USNA. Attached is a copy of a recent Facebook posting that dates back to July 1971. Great memories.


September 29, 2020

I got to meet Admiral Ellis at the Simon Lake AS33 reunion several years ago. Everyone who came to the reunions, always looked forward to seeing the Admiral and Carol. We enjoyed talking to the both of them and hearing his Navy stories. He was an extraordinary man, he will be greatly missed, and my wife and I and all members of the Simon Lake Association will never forget him. Rest in peace, Admiral Ellis.

Holly Powers

September 29, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family of Admiral Ellis. He was a true officer and a gentleman with a deep commitment to USNA and his fellow classmates. He will be truly missed, but his example of excellent leadership, honor, integrity and passion will live on in those he leaves behind.

I remain honored to have had the opportunity to know and work with him.

Holly I. Powers
Director of Class Programs
USNA Alumni Association and Foundation


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