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ROBERT THOMAS ELLIOTT III


is honored on Panel 44W, Line 9 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Misadventure (Friendly Fire)

    Posted on 2/28/16 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    2LT Robert T. Elliott III was an infantry unit commander (airborne qualified) assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalionn, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade. On September 8, 1968, he was ordered to place a squad-size night ambush near a Viet Cong infiltration route in Quang Ngai Province, RVN. Elliott had only been in Vietnam three week and was a poor map reader and, according to several of his NCO’s, he became lost, leading his men around the jungle for over an hour and passing the planned ambush site twice. Elliott chose a second location for the ambush, divided his men in three groups, two to be listening posts along a well-traveled trail and the third to accompany him as the command post. The men were confused by the last-minute changes and the command post position was not clearly indicated. Later, one of his men was mistaken for the enemy and the command post was fired on. Elliott was fatally wounded in the abdomen. He died before medics could treat him. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and the book Fragging by George Lepre]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 9/9/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear 1LT Robert Thomas Elliott III, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 3/19/11 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Robert is buried at Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough,AK. BSM PH
  • vietnam vet remembers

    Posted on 5/28/06 - by former Captain, Infantry 69-70 ecardon@comcast.net
    I did not know LT Elliott but want to wish him and his family the peace of the Lord as we approach another Memorial Day tomorrow and we remember those who have fallen and the families they left behind.
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  • NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYER

    Posted on 2/5/04 - by Chris Spencer cws71354@bellsouth.net
    It is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered. This prayer is a way for families, friends and fellow veterans to remember our fallen brothers and sisters. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.
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