Elkins, Bruce Clinton, SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 11B40, M Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Service Years
1967 - 1970
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Order of the Spur


One Service Stripe

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Swannanoa , NC
Last Address
Swannanoa , NC

Casualty Date
Nov 14, 1970
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Binh Duong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mountain View Memorial Park - Black Mountain, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
06W 059/ Section S Grave 172

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryBlackhorse Association (11th Armored Calvary)
  1970, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, Blackhorse Association (11th Armored Calvary)

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry RegimentArmy Garrisons
  1968-1968, 11B10, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
  1968-1970, 11B30, USAG Baumholder, Germany
  1970-1970, 11B40, M Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 24, 2012, General Photos10
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Danny  Watkins
In M co together
357 Bill Hasty Blvd.Apt.1204 Jasper Ga. 30143 USA
Still miss ya Bruce.
Gone a lot of years but never forgotten.
May 20, 2013


My name is Carroll Hipps.Bruce and I both grew up in the small town of Swannanoa,N.C.
Bruce was almost 3 years older than me but we hung out with most of the same people so we knew each other pretty well.
Bruce went into the Army before me because I had to wait until I was 17 before I could talk my Dad into signing for me to enlist.
Before I enlisted Bruce came home on leave from Germany before going to Nam.Needless to say he was my hero and if he was going to fight for our country then so was I.
I went to basic training in Jan.of 1969.I wouldnt be 18 until July 29 so I had to wait until I was almost through tank school before I could put in a 1049 for Nam.I had a week or so to go in the school when I finally got my orders to go to Nam.
I had a 15 day leave and on Sept. 4th I was in the Pearl of the Orient assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry.
I didnt know it but Bruce had been with the Blackhorse since he got there in 68.I was in the 2nd Squadron and later heard that Bruce was in the 3rd.
To make a long story short I finally got up with him and got my "young ass" chewed in a big way for being over there.
We saw each other a few more times before he was killed in Nov. of 70.
I stayed until Jan. of 71 when I was made to go home.
It took me 25 years to make myself go to his grave.I got there and it was in such foul shape that I to spend some time getting his and his Dads grave cleaned up.
I have since learned that his kin had moved to S.C. in the early 70s and there is nobody to teke care of the graves which are side by side.
Since that first visit I have went to see Bruce and his Dad every Memorial Day and Veterans Day. I put flags and flowers there and I will do it until I can no longer get to the cemetery.
ALLONS,Bruce,you were a Brother and you will always be my HERO!
Posted by: William Carroll Hipps
Email: nofly@webtv.net
Relationship: Friend
Monday, January 17, 2000

POSTED ON 12.11.2018
POSTED BY: Gne Lickteig

Automatic ambush

I remember Sgt Elkins as a gung ho trooper. I went out with him several times to set up claymores be fore I figured I was getting to SHORT to be doing that anymore. It was all voluntary. I left Nam about a week or two before his death. ALLONs brother.
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