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Naval officer

George Sidney Willits, American naval officer. Served at sea on Hartford, Vandalia, Huron, Tallapoosa, Enterprise, Marion, Boston, Trenton.

Background

Willits, George Sidney was born on February 21, 1853 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of George Sidney and Elizabeth (Githens) Willits.

Education

Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1875.

Career

Assistant engineer United States Navy, 1877. Passed assistant engineer, 1885. Chief engineer, 1896.

Lieutenant commander, 1898. Commander, 1904; captain, 1908. Rear admiral, March 26, 1913.

Retired February 21, 1915.

Membership

Served at sea on Hartford, Vandalia, Huron, Tallapoosa, Enterprise, Marion, Boston, Trenton.

Connections

Married Sylvia B. Gaston, August 3, 1876.

father:
George Sidney Willits

mother:
Elizabeth (Githens) Willits

spouse:
Sylvia B. Gaston