William Walter Ellis

Specialist Four
A CO, 158TH AHB, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
01 March 1946 - 23 August 1969
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Panel 19W Line 100


Army Aircrew

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for William Walter Ellis

4 Aug 2004

Bill Ellis and I were friends. He was a door gunner in the second flight platoon, I was a crew chief in the first flight platoon, but I came to know him as a friend. He was the only guy I knew that had a lamp by his cot, it was not an ordinary lamp but had dingle balls on the shade. Why, after thirty five years, would I remember that! He was an unassuming, gentle man. He did his job, he gave the last full measure of devotion. He gave for you and me. We all knew that we could be killed at any time, we did our jobs, Bill did his. He could just as easily be writing this memorial for me. Thanks, Bill, for my two kids and the last 35 years. I love you, man.

Kent (Sharecropper) Dotson

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 23 August 1969 a UH-1H (tail number 67-17644) from A Company, 158th AHB, went down in Thua Thien Province in northern South Vietnam. Very little is known about the incident, other than only one man died in the crash - SP4 William W. Ellis.

He and the other men from A/158
who died in Vietnam are remembered on the
Ghostrider site

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend,
Kent Dotson
4 Aug 2004

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 08/04/2004