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(Photo of Robert "Wild Bill" Elliot from The Graham AFB Class 55-I Yearbook)

Robert Malcolm Elliot

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  11/8/1929
Birth Place:  Westfield, MA
Race:  Caucasian
Religion:  Baptist - Other
U.S. Citizen:  Yes
 
Father's Name:  Donald C. Elliot
Mother's Name:  Dorothy M. (Pomfrey) Elliot
Sibling Names:   
 
Marital Status:  Married
Wife's Name:  Billie M. (unknown) Elliot
Offspring Names:  Donald C. Elliot; Julie A. Elliot; Robert M. Elliot; Kenneth M. Elliot
 
Education:
 
High School Diploma:  Unknown
 
College Name:  Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Degree Major:  Liberal Arts
Degree Year: 
 
Selective Service Data:
 
SSS Local Board Number:  14
SSS Local Board Location:  Springfield, MA
SSS Registration Date:  9/8/48  
SSS Registrant Description:  6' 2"/185 pounds/black hair/brown eyes
 
Military Service Record:
 
Entry Date:  4/4/51
Entry Mode:  Commission
Entry Location:  Springfield, MA
 
Home Of Record:  Springfield, MA
 
Military Branch:  Air Force
Military Component:  Reserve
 
Rank:  Colonel
Rank Abbrev:  COL
Pay Grade:  O5
 
MOS:  1115E
MOS Title:  Pilot
 
Awards Received:  Combat Readiness Medal; National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star; Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star; Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
 
Posthumous Promotion:  Yes
 
Length Of Service:  16 years when MIA
 
Southeast Asia Tour Data:
 
Date Tour Commenced:  2/14/68
 
Major Command:  7th Air Force
Sub Command 1:  388th Tactical Fighter Wing
[note: the 388th TFW was assigned to 13th Air Force, but attached to 7th Air Force at this time]
Sub Command 2:  34th Tactical Fighter Squadron
 
Base Location:  Korat RTAFB, Thailand
 
Vehicle/Equipment Type:  F-105D Thunderchief
Vehicle/Equipment S/N:  60-0418
 
Army Campaign Number:  6th
Army Campaign Name:  Tet Counteroffensive
 
Casualty Data:
 
Casualty Date:  2/14/68
Casualty Time:  1545
 
Casualty Age:  39
 
Casualty Data 1:  Hostile, Died While Missing
Casualty Data 2:  Fixed Wing Pilot
Casualty Data 3:  Air Loss-Crash On Land
 
Casualty Province:  Ha Tay Province
Casualty Country:  North Vietnam
Casualty Grid Coordinates:  WH 988 945
 
Body:  Not Recovered
 
MIA Remains Returned:  4/6/88
MIA Remains Identified: 12/13/99
 
Burial/Memorial: 
 
Burial Location:  Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 
Burial Plot Location:  Section 66, Grave 5652
Burial Date:  April 21, 2000

 
See:  http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/rmelliot.htm
 
Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  16th
 
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  39E
                                                  Line Number:  31 


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