Ellis, Michael Le Roy, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11B20-Infantry Team Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 11B20, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Specialist 4

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Valinda , CA
Last Address
Valinda , CA

Casualty Date
Nov 19, 1967
Hostile, Died while Missing
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Kontum (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Covina, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
30E 024

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
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 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)173rd Airborne Brigade
  1967-1967, 11B20, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)
  1967-1968, 11B20, 173rd Airborne Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation MacArthur/Battle of Dak To
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Last Known Activity

173rd Airborne Brigade participated in Operation MacArthur, 1 November - 14 December 1967 Dak To / Kontum. On November 6th two companies from the 4th Battalion, 503d Infantry encountered elements of the NVA 66th Regiment on the Ngok Kom Leat chain of hills south of Ben Het. Seven Sky Soldiers fell from enemy bullets. On Veteran's Day Task Force Black made up of elements of C/1/503 and two platoons from D/1/503 were ambushed. American losses from the ambush were 20 killed, 154 wounded and 2 missing. PFC Barnes was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor because of this action.

On November 19, the 2/503d Infantry began climbing Hill 875. Companies C and D were hit with automatic weapons fire as they reached the first of two ridges. As the men moved up and spread out on line they came under fire by recoilless rifle fire and rifle grenades. A Company secured the rear when it came under intense attack by the NVA. PFC Carlos Lozada received the Congressional Medal of Honor for holding off the enemy while the remainder of the company made its way up the hill to join the rest of the battalion.

The enemy had prepared the battlefield extremely well. Hill 875 was no less than a fortress, with bunkers and trenches connected by tunnels. The underground bunkers had as much as two meters of overhead cover to protect their occupants from bombing and artillery, and slit gun ports opened onto excellent fields of fire. When the NVA infantry went on the attack, the soldiers were camouflaged and had prepared avenues of entry and withdrawal from the battlefield.

Chaplain Charles Watters was moving among the wounded men administering last rites when a jet fighter diving at over 300 miles per hour dropped a 500-pound bomb on the embattled battalion killing 42 troopers. He was also awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for this engagement.

On Thanksgiving Day the 4th Battalion assaulted up the hill with the remainder of the the 2nd Battalion, taking the peak at 1122. The capture of the Hill 875 marked the climax of the battle of Dak To. The 2nd battalion lost 107 men killed and 282 wounded and 10 MIA.

Sheri Anderson
He is my beloved brother
We live free - because he and the others, gave all they could
Michael - the thoughts are never-ending, the words are hard to retrieve, you know what our hearts are feeling. What a great son you were - you were my awesome brother, and I am always imagining what an incredible uncle you would have been. This world is sadder, for you not in it. Thank you for what you did for those you knew and especially those you didn't know. 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.' John 15:13 KJV
Thursday, January 19, 2006

Jim  Watson

537 W.Puente # 1 covina ca 91722 LA
Just wanted to say still thinking about you.Hard to believe it was almost forty years ago that we were told of losing you.What a bad night that was.You were a great friend and pal.Wish you were still here need some one to go to the drag racing events we attended together as teenagers.
Jul 30, 2007
POSTED ON 3.15.2003
POSTED BY: Jim watson

our friend mike

we still think about you and miss you still after 35 years Jim W. Jim H and Jon P
Richard  Myers
friend and comrad in arms
483 Thackeray Trail Richmond Heights OH 44143 USA
A great friend for such a short time
Mike, I think of you often, Especially when I am talking to my son, (Michael Ellis Myers). I always want him to think of you and how much your friendship meant to both Susan(my wife) and myself, while in Panama. We had some great times together. He knows he is special to carry your name. It is hard to believe that you will have been gone 44 years this week. Through out the years my prayers and thoughts go out to you, and your family.
Nov 13, 2011


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