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George V. Ellis

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Lieutenant Colonel, Commander

3rd Battalion

Employment History

  • Lieutenant Colonel, Battalion Commander
    3rd Battalion
  • Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer
    3rd Battalion
  • Commanding Officer
    11th Inf
  • Sergeant
    Mississippi National Guard
  • Colonel
    45th Inf
  • of 1969, Lieutenant Colonel
    July 8th , Company
  • Army ROTC
6 Total References
Web References
FSB Hill 4-11, Biography of George V. Ellis, 10 Sept 2011 [cached]
George Ellis at 2004 Reunion in Atlanta
George V. Ellis
Lieutenant Colonel, Commander
3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment
Vietnam 1968-1969
The following biographical information about Colonel George V. Ellis (Retired) was published in the newsletter for the Hill 4-11 Association for May 6, 1986 and is used as a biographical source for Colonel Ellis on this website.
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Colonel George V. Ellis (Retired) was a Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry, 11th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division when Fire Support Base 4-11 was established on July 8, 1969 by elements of Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry and the 4th ARVN Regt.
Colonel Ellis is a 30 year Army veteran. He began his military career in November 1944 as an enlisted man. He was discharged from the Army in 1947 as a Staff Sergeant (E-6) to begin his college education at LSU. Later that year he transferred to Holmes Jr. College in Mississippi to play football for his former high school football coach. It was there that he joined the Mississippi National Guard and was appointed First Sergeant and in that capacity helped organize an infantry rifle company in Goodman, Mississippi.
In 1949, Colonel Ellis transferred to Kent State University, Kent, Ohio and joined the Army ROTC. He graduated in 1951 as a Distinguished Military Graduate and accepted a Regular Army commission as a 2nd Lieutenant.
During his military career, Colonel Ellis served in numerous command and staff assignments in the U.S., Korea, Germany, and Vietnam. Colonel Ellis was a Platoon Leader and Company Commander in combat with the 45th Inf. Div. (the Div. Colonel Treadwell won the Medal of Honor during WW II) and Advisor to the 9th. ROK Div. in Vietnam before becoming the commanding officer of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry in April of 1969. Colonel Ellis also served as Commanding Officer of the 11th Inf.
Colonel Ellis retired from active military service in 1976, at which time he and his family moved to El Paso, Texas. From 1976 through 1984 he taught mathematics in El Paso. In 1985 he accepted a position as a high school counselor.
FSB Hill 4-11 | Site Index [cached]
George V. Ellis, Lieutenant Colonel, Battalion Commander, 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry, 11th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, 1969.
FSB Hill 4-11 History, The Beginning, 27 Jan 2006 [cached]
In July of 1969, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) George Ellis, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry, 11th Brigade was given the mission to select a site for a firebase in the valley west of Quang Ngai City, South Vietnam.
Source:Stars and Stripes, military documents, and personal account of Lieutenant Colonel George Ellis, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry during 1969.
FSB Hill 4-11, Back Then, Always First Soldiers Build a New LZ, 27 Jan 2006 [cached]
Copy of publication provided by George V. Ellis
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FSB Hill 4-11, Back Then, Viet Forces 'Take Over' Two Bridges, 27 Jan 2006 [cached]
Copy of article provided by George V. Ellis
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