Ernest Ely Papers
The collection consists of the memoirs, correspondence, photographs, press clippings, and military documents concerning the naval career and death of Ernest Ely. Available is Ely’s written and pictorial correspondence to his family, information about his service in the U.S. Navy, and his obituary. Also contained in the collection is the journal of Valerie Woods, a relative of Ely and a member of the Navy Mothers Club.
- 1907-1917, 1936-1942
The primary language of this collection is English but some materials are in Spanish.
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0.25 Linear Feet
The collection consists of the memoirs, correspondence, photographs, press clippings, and military documents concerning the naval career and death of Ernest Ely.
Ernest (sometimes spelled Earnest) Ely was born to Harriet and W.B. Ely in Kansas in 1886. Ely joined the U.S. Navy in July 1907. Ely performed the duties of water tender onboard the U.S.S. Maryland, Florida, Wilmington, and Dale.
Ely traveled around the world during his service and combat in Veracruz, Mexico, on April 14, 1914, while on the U.S.S. Florida. His last station was at Manila Bay in the Philippines where he was killed by a tiger shark while swimming. He is buried at the Knoxville National Cemetery in Knoxville, TN.
This collection was donated from Stella Ely to the McClung Museum in 1975; the collection was later transferred to Special Collections.