COL Ernest Carter Elliott was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 07/08/2008 at the age of 84.6
Sparta, TN
Date of Birth 12/07/1923
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with A/25 AVN 25 INF in 66
Call sign in Vietnam LITTLE BEAR 6
This information was provided by James Dayton

More detail on this person: Ernest Carter Elliott, Colonel USAR, Sparta, TN

Ernest Carter Elliott, 84, ascended to the gates of Heaven Tuesday, July 8, 2008 after an extended illness.

The eldest of four children, Ernest was born December 7, 1923 in Florence, SC to the late Ernest and Emmie Carter Elliott.

A graduate of Florence High School, Col. Elliott earned a bachelor Degree in Electronics from Virginia Military Institute. Through advanced cross-training with the army and navy, he acquired numerous post graduate degrees.

Major Elliott formed the 175th Aviation Company at Fort Benning, GA and trained his Pilots and men to conduct combat assaults by helicopter. The company was shipped out to Vietnam by ship and changed designation en-route from the 175th Aviation Company to Company A, 25th Aviation Battalion. Major Elliott commanded Company A and designated them as the "Little Bears". Each aviation company had a radio "call sign" for operational purposes and the Little Bears became known throughout the delta area of Vietnam. The company was designated by the Army Aviation Association of America as the "Outstanding Aviation Company" in 1966. An accomplishment to all involved, especially Major Elliott as the Commander who established the company in a combat environment.

Major Elliott's accomplishments were not unnoticed; he was selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel and transferred to another unit requiring his leadership and aviation skills and rank. He later commanded a Battalion during his military career and held various higher Army staff positions one of which he was assigned as Commander of Phillips Army Airfield.

Col. Elliott served in the US Army from 1943 - 1968. For his outstanding leadership and courage, Col. Elliott was awarded with the following medals; Bronze Star, 2 Purple Hearts, Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit and Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Cluster. Among all of his achievements, he was most proud of his wings and title Master Army Aviator. After 25 years of service of piloting aviation, Col. Elliott retired from the military and flew helicopters for Arabian Helicopters for many years until he settled into his mountain home in Sparta, Tennessee.

Col. Elliott is survived by a son, Scott Elliott of Florida; a daughter, Diane Bruckner of California; two sisters, Joyce Flowers and Jean Hardee both of Florence; also surviving are several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Evelyn Huggins of Florence; and special friend Hattie Scarcliff of Sparta.

A Memorial Service will be held from 4-5 p.m., Saturday, July 19, 2008, at Hunter Funeral Home, 120 East Brockman Way, Sparta. A Memorial Service will be held from 6 - 7 p.m., Thursday, July 17, 2008, at Waters Powell Funeral Home, 400 South Dragan Street, Florence, SC.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice Care of The Low Country, P.O. Box 3827, Bluffton, SC 29910

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