Aldwin Ardean Ellis, Jr

Army of the United States
15 December 1948 - 07 October 1967
Portland, OR
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Aldwin A Ellis

Silver Star

Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart (2 awards), National Defense, Vietnam Service, RVN Military Merit Medal, RVN Cross of Gallantry, RVN Campaign Medal


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6 Dec 2001

Aldwin received the following decorations: Silver Star (for his last act of bravery), Bronze Star for meritorious service, and two Orders of the Purple Heart. South Vietnam awarded him the following: the Military Merit Medal and the Gallantry Cross with Palm. In addition to these awards for bravery he received the following awards: National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Combat Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge and Expert Badge with bars for machine gun, mortar and rifle.

He served with his company from August 3, 1967, until his death. Aldwin was the radio operator for 2nd Platoon, A Company, 502nd PIR, 101st Airborne Division, when he was killed. In a letter to his parents the company executive officer, 1LT Jerry R. Barnhill, said

"The men of 2nd Platoon remember your son as being a good soldier and radio operator. In fact they respected his abilities with the radio so much that they nicknamed him "Sparky". They remember him also as being good natured and usually easy going and as one who often spoke of his girl and home."

Aldwin lost his life while on night patrol. He saw a machine gunner in his platoon had been wounded and got in between him and the enemy. This act of bravery saved the machine gunner's life but cost Aldwin his. He was posthumously promoted to Corporal and awarded the medals previously described except for one Purple Heart that he received for a wound inflicted in August or September 1967.

Rest in peace, Screamin' Eagle.

07 Oct 2002

Well, Sparky, it's been thirty five years since you were killed. I just wanted to let you know despite the passage of time your sacrifice has not been forgotten. RIP Screamin' Eagle


15 Dec 2002

Hey Sparky, just thought I'd wish you a happy birthday wherever you are. Rest in Peace.

7 Oct 2003

Sparky, it's been another year since you've been gone. Just wanted you to know that I won't forget your death anniversary or your birthday - that's a promise. Rest in peace; you're not forgotten.

From a friend,
John M. Vaughn III

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend,
John M. Vaughn III
854 Hibiscus Street, Boca Raton, Florida 33486-3540 
6 Dec 2001

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