Jerry Williams Elliott
02 Aug 2016
I took the above picture when visiting Washington D.C. on Monday, May 23, 2016. I regret not having waited for the person to complete his work and get his email address for sending a copy to him. Perhaps he and others remembering Jerry will ultimately see and get a copy of this.
Mike Teutschman, Jerry's true friend and fellow Airborne Pathfinder (Blackhat), found us through the Wall and went with me to Vietnam in 1999 to search for information.
From Jerry's sister,
14 July 2006
Happy Birthday, brother! We have not given up the search just because a piece of paper says Presumptive Finding of Death. Your little sister will always remember.
282nd Assault Helicopter Company
or read about my
visit to Vietnam
03 May 2007
Jerry served May '67 to Jan '68 with the 268th Pathfinders in Tuy Hoa prior to transferring to the 282nd AHC Black Cats at Marble Mountain.
From his sister,
I never knew the names of the men lost that day.
They were heroes then and they are heroes still.
I never knew you but we are brothers.
Tino "Chui" Banuelos
Bring his body home to his final resting place. Missing since January 21 1968 when the helicopter was shot down.
From a good friend,
Notes from The Virtual WallFrom the POWNetwork.org:
On January 21, 1968, a UH-1D HUEY from the 282nd Aviation Company was tasked as the lead ship in a section inserting ARVN troops at an old French fort approximately 1200 meters east of Khe Sanh. The following Americans were aboard the lead helicopter:
The second UH-1D landed approximately 50-60 feet from the downed aircraft and then-PVT Jerry W. Elliott, door gunner, and his crew chief exited their aircraft to assist survivors of the downed helicopter. In a matter of seconds, the crew chief returned to his aircraft and advised the pilot to take off immediately because of the intense hostile fire. The aircraft lifted off, leaving Elliott on the ground, circled and returned to the LZ, but could not locate PVT Elliott.
Thus, five Americans were on the ground outside the ARVN defensive perimeter.
Hill had last been seen by CPT Stiner just prior to the aircraft being hit in the compartment in which Hill was manning his machine gun. Stiner stated that Hill was probably struck by the same volley of rounds that downed the aircraft as his machine gun was observed blown to pieces. Stiner searched the area before taking evasive action, but Hill could not be located.
Hill and Elliott were declared Missing in Action. Although it is believed that both men were injured, perhaps mortally, there is no proof that they died.
On 15 December 1975, SSG Billy Hill's status was changed from "Missing in Action" to "Died while Missing". As of 26 May 2001 his remains have not been repatriated.
On 16 August 1976, SSG Jerry Elliott's status was changed from "Missing in Action" to "Died while Missing". As of 11June 2001 his remains have not been repatriated.
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