ROBERT T ELLIOTT
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 98 OF THE WALL

ROBERT THOMAS ELLIOTT

WALL NAME

ROBERT T ELLIOTT

PANEL / LINE

1W/98

DATE OF BIRTH

12/18/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/21/1972

HOME OF RECORD

EL DORADO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Union County

STATE

AR

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

SMS

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT THOMAS ELLIOTT
POSTED ON 6.9.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. I am heartened you returned home though I wish it had been under very different circumstances. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 6.2.2021
POSTED BY: Vivian Brown

POW/MIA BRACELETS

On my original bracelet ('72) has you as a Staff Sergeant, I'm glad to see you promoted. SMS Elliott I wore your bracelet for as long as I could, but after it broke I still remember you to this day. I will never forget you.
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POSTED ON 12.18.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Senior Master Sergeant Robert Thomas Elliott, Served with the 16th Special Operations Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force.
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POSTED ON 8.1.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear SMSGT Robert Elliott,
Thank you for your service as a Weapons Maintenance Technician. I am glad you were identified in 1985. Welcome Home.
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 2.1.2015

Final Mission of SMS Robert T. Elliott

An AC-130A gunship, "Spectre 17", flown by CAPT Harry R. Lagerwall, departed Ubon Airbase, Thailand on an interdiction mission to interrupt enemy cargo movements along the Ho Chi Minh Trail on December 21, 1972. The crew onboard numbered 16, including MSGT Rollie K. Reaid, CAPT George D. MacDonald, SMS John Q. Winningham, MAJ Francis A. Walsh Jr., CMS James R. Fuller, SMS Robert T. Elliott, MAJ Robert L. Liles Jr., LTC Harry R. Lagerwall, COL Paul O. Meder, LTC Thomas T. Hart III, CAPT Stanley N. Kroboth, MSGT Charles F. Fenter, CAPT Joel R. Birch, Richard Williams, and Carl E. Stevens. During the flight to the target, the aircraft was hit by ground fire and after 10 minutes of level flight, the fuel exploded. Two of the crew, Williams and Stevens, bailed out safely and were subsequently rescued hours later. The partial body of Joel Birch (an arm) was later recovered some distance away from the crash site. Heat-sensitive equipment which would pinpoint the location of human beings in the jungles was used to search for the rest of the crew with no success. It was assumed that the missing crewmen were either dead or were no longer in the area. According to intelligence reports, several piles of bloody bandages and 5 deployed parachutes were seen and photographed at the crash site. Also, later requests through the Freedom of Information Act revealed a photo of what appeared to be the initials "TH" stomped in the tall elephant grass near the crash site. In the early 1980's a delegation comprised in part of several POW/MIA family members visited the site of the aircraft crash in Laos. Mrs. Anne Hart found material on the ground in the area which she believed to be bone fragment. She photographed the material and turned it over to the U.S. Government. In February, 1985, a joint excavation of the crash site was done by the U.S. and Laos from which a large number of small bone fragments were found. Analysis by the U.S. Army's Central Identification Laboratory (CIL) in Hawaii reported the positive identification of all 13 missing crewmembers. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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