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Col. Richard T. Ellis

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Design 222 Tug:
  • Built by Equitable Equipment Co., Madisonville, LA (YN 133)
  • Delivered to the US Army Quartermaster Corps as the tug Colonel Richard T. Ellis, August 1941
  • Noted operating in Caribean, 1943
  • Transferred to Ecuadorian Navy, renamed Cotopaxi (R-52, later R-103, R-721 and RB-73), 1947
  • Final disposition, fate unknown (still active 2007)
    Displacement 142 gross tons
    Length 82'
    Beam 23'
    Draft 10'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    one Superior 8-cylinder diesel, 560 hp
    single propeller

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    - Richard Ten Broeck Ellis was born in Youngstown, Ohio, 16 October 1870. Appointed a Second Lieutenant in the Fourth Infantry 10 June 1898, he received the Silver Star for gallantry at San Jacinto, Luzon, while serving with the 33rd Infantry during the Philippine Insurrection. Ellis transferred to the Coast Artillery Corps 01 August 1901 as a First Lieutenant, and was promoted to Captain 16 September 1905. Rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel, he commanded the 50th Artillery, CAC, in France during World War One, Ellis transferred to the Quartermaster Corps 16 September 1920. He served in administrative roles in the QMC, as well as chief of the Graves Registration Unit in Europe, accompanying Gold Star Mothers on their pligramages to their sons' graves. Colonel Ellis retired in 1934, and passed away in Washington, DC, 15 June 1936. He is interred in Arlington National Cemetery. Dave Wright
    Col. Richard T. Davis
    203k Cotopaxi (RB-73) underway on the Guayas River near Guayaquil, 07 June 2007.
    Photo copyright Captain Peter via
    John Spivey

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