Luther Guiteau Billings
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
Guiteau Billings was born at Remsen, New York, 27 December 1842, the son
of Andrew and Abbie (Sheldon) Billings. He was married with one son. He
died 30 December 1920 at Eagle Rock, California.
Admiral Billings received appointment to the United States Navy from New York, 24 October 1862; He served as Pay Inspector, 26 December 1882; Pay Director, 9 January 1895. He retired on 14 March 1898 and was promoted to Pay Director with the rank of Rear Admiral on the retired list, 29 Jun 1906.
During the Civil War, he was on Water Witch when boarded 4 June 1864 in Ossabaw Sound by Confederates. Wounded and taken prisoner and was eventually exchanged, receiving advance of fifteen numbers in his grade.
He served on Wateree at Arica, Peru, in August 1868 when the area was badly hit by an earthquake and subsequently by a tidal wave, putting the vessel far inland. He was commended for his courageous actions during that emergency.
Admiral Billings is buried in Section 3 of
Arlington National Cemetery. His nephew, Andrew Billings Paddock,
Ensign, United States Navy, is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
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