In 1903, the American Consul in Beirut was reported murdered. The USS San Francisco was ordered there in order to retrieve the Consul's body. Ensign George W. Steele, Jr., was placed in command of a machine gun and ordered to land and retrieve the Consul or his body. Fifteen minutes after going ashore Steele returned to the San Francisco with the Consul, who was alive (Indiana War History). This young man named George Steele was a native of Marion, Indiana. Steele had a long career in the United States Navy that saw many theatres of operations. His command of the rigid airship ZR-3 USS Los Angeles is perhaps the most recognizable part of his career. George W. Steele, Jr., was a distinguished naval officer and is one of Marion, Indiana's most distinguished citizens.