Leroy ElliottGunnery Sergeant
D CO, 1ST BN, 4TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
28 September 1931 - 08 May 1967
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The database page for Leroy Elliott
The photos and following article are taken from The Philadelphia Daily News, special supplement entitled 'SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' October 26, 1987. The special supplement was issued in conjunction with the dedication of the Philadelphia Viet Nam Memorial.
A letter from Stephen Gray about Elliott and other photos served as the back cover of the special supplement.
SEMPER FIDELIS, MARINE!
From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
I will never forget my Senior Drill Instructor. I was 17 years old and this man changed my life forever. He was funny and at times could be real scary. I'm proud to have had the honor of knowing him. I later served in Quang Tri also 1968-1969. May God bless his family!
Sgt William M. (Bill) Spicer
Gunnery Sergeant Elliott was my Senior Drill Instructor.
Our son, Matthew Elliott Grey, who was named in Gunnery Sergeant Elliott's honor, is today First Lieutenant Matthew Elliott Grey, United States Marine Corps. He is flying the F-18 Hornet. Gunnery Sergeant Elliott's name and legacy live on in the Corps.
Note from The Virtual Wall: Mr. Gray wrote the letter quoted in a previous entry above.
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, was among the Allied forces engaged in bitter fighting around Con Thien on 08 May 1967. The 1/4 Marines lost 36 men on that day, half of them from Delta Company:
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a native Philadelphian and Marine,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 3 May 2003
Last updated 11/18/2006