KEITH O ELLEDGE
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HONORED ON PANEL 13E, LINE 44 OF THE WALL

KEITH O'NEIL ELLEDGE

WALL NAME

KEITH O ELLEDGE

PANEL / LINE

13E/44

DATE OF BIRTH

11/10/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/14/1966

HOME OF RECORD

ST PAUL

COUNTY OF RECORD

Ramsey County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR KEITH O'NEIL ELLEDGE
POSTED ON 6.20.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

We Will Remember

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
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POSTED ON 6.22.2020

Attack on Hill 71 – December 14, 1966

In the early morning hours of December 14, 1966, 1st Platoon, Company M, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines were set in an observation post (OP) at Hill 71, five miles southwest of Chu Lai Airfield in Quang Tin Province, RVN. Another Battalion had manned the hill before 1st Platoon arrived and had not run any patrols or ambushes during their stay. Once in place, the acting commander of 1st Platoon requested not to send out the normal ambushes due to fatigue of the troops after coming off Operation Cortez two days earlier. Bunkers and fighting holes were still being developed, and not all the Marines had a fighting hole. Furthermore, local Popular Forces troops from the surrounding villages who were supposed to be accompanying the Marines on Hill 71 disappeared from their bunkers a little after 2:30 AM. At approximately fifteen minutes later, a Viet Cong (VC) force estimated at thirty to forty attacked the Marine position. The enemy combatants fired heavy small arms, threw grenades, and fired 57mm Recoilless Rifle (RR) rounds. One RR round hit a machine gun bunker, and a second round hit the communication tent, setting it ablaze and severing communications for the rest of the night. The enemy was believed to have come up from the southwest and attacked without warning, overrunning two positions on the OP. The Marines fought back with unit weapons, and a platoon from Company I, 3/5 was dispatched to support. Marine Amtracs were also sent to reinforce the position. Company M suffered ten killed and sixteen wounded in the attack. The lost Marine personnel included CPL Robert Copeland, PFC Keith O. Elledge, PFC Roland P. Guerette, LCPL Richard J. Hastreiter, LCPL Walter E. Herrmann III, PFC Leamon R. Ladd, PFC Kenny R. Suzuki, PFC Randall A. Vanatta, and PFC Charles E. Watkins; one Navy corpsman, HN Walter H. Jones II, was also lost. One M60 machine gun was captured by the enemy, and three PRC-25 radios were heavily damaged. No pursuit of the attacking force was attempted. Marine units reported one VC killed (probable), and a search of the battle area revealed fifteen ChiCom grenade duds. Following this incident, Company M units were withdrawn from positions on Hill 71 and nearby Hill 76 and returned to perimeter positions at the Battalion Command Post. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Command Chronology (1st Battalion, 7th Marines), December 1966” at ttu.edu; also, information provided by JD Murray (January 2004)]
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POSTED ON 7.23.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Keith Elledge,
Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. We remember all you who gave their all. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 1.21.2018
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, 2/27 Wolfhound, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Peace with Honor

You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Keith.
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POSTED ON 6.8.2016
POSTED BY: mwj zelasco

you are not forgotten

from your fire team leader,l/cpl mwj zelasco,age wise i was four days older then you and as i come upon each new birthday i think of yours four days later,and knowing that you were born on the marine corps birthday i am especially proud to have known and served with you keith,SEMPER FI K.O.ELLEDGE!!!!
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