Capt. Elmer Allan Tarrbutton was born in Willington, Maryland on July 4, 1900. He was appointed to the Naval Academy and served as a midshipman on USS Wisconsin during World 1 before graduating an ensign on June 5, 1921.
After graduation, he served on USS Maryland from July, 21 until November, 1924. After a course of instruction in submarines on USS Chewink early 1925 he served as gunnery officer and navigator on USS J. F. Burnes until 1928.
The following year, Capt. Tarbutton was an instructor in the Department of navigation, Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. From September, 1929 until May, 1930, he had duty at Naval Training Station, San Diego and upon completion of that assignment, he joined USS Elliott. He served as engineer officer from July, 1931 until June, 1935.
He was also the communication officer at Naval Air Station, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Calif., from 1933 to 1935 and then reported to USS California where he became the assistant engineer officer in 1936.
He was promoted to lieutenant commander on Feb. 12, 1937 and after a year as navigator on USS Richmond, he returned to the Naval Academy in July, 1938 as an instructor in the Department of Seamanship and Navigation until 1940.
He assumed command of USS Helm on June 25,1940 and USS Sirius on Oct. 1, 1941. His next assignment was as operations and training officer at Hawaiian Sea Frontier in February, 1945 and in October he was given additional duty as commander, Sea Forces, Hawaiian Sea Frontier.
He reported for duty as commander, NTC on July 1948.
Capt. Tarbutton received the Victory Medal with Atlantic Fleet Clasp from USS Wisconsin; the American Defense Service Medal, Fleet Clasp from USS Helm and USS Sirius; and the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal.
He retired in January, 1949 and died on Jan. 15, 1964. Capt. Tarbutton was buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego.
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