By Donna E. Elliott
On January 21, 1968, the 282nd AHC was once on a undertaking to help U.S. troops below siege in Khe Sanh village whilst the lead helicopter was once shot down by means of the North Vietnamese. in the course of the enemy, Jerry Elliott jumped from his gunner's seat to rescue fellow Black Cat infantrymen, and easily vanished. the army indexed him as lacking In Action-MIA-a hellish type that offers neither convenience nor closure to these again home.Officially certain as "Case a thousand" by means of the dept of protection, Jerry's destiny remains to be doubtful, regardless of a decided quest for the reality via his more youthful sister, Donna. annoyed at approximately each flip through the POW/MIA paperwork, she stoically maintains the search-one that has taken her from Washington, D.C. to Vietnam and again again.Keeping the Promise is a bittersweet story of a sister's endless commitment to just do that-keep the promise made to her brother, to the households of the POW/MIAs, and most significantly, to these left in the back of in Southeast Asia: we can't cease until eventually each final guy has the fullest attainable accounting.
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Additional resources for Keeping the Promise: The Story of MIA Jerry Elliott, a Family Shattered by His Disappearance, and a Sister's 40-Year Search for the Truth
Trainee Elliott reported for basic combat training at Fort Polk during the hot, humid summer. Located in the central region of Louisiana, Fort Polk was infamous for the endless dust in summer, the cold gumbo mud in winter, and hungry mosquitoes year round. ” Overnight he had stepped into a world unlike anything he had ever experienced. ” Going to war was never in question. When Jerry enlisted, he was fully aware his final destination would be Vietnam. He had no reservations about fighting in a foreign land; he believed he acted in the best interest of his country.
This was the first time the three of us had done anything playful together in years. I’d always loved Jerry, he was my brother, but in that instant I discovered I also liked him. We might end up being friends after all. I asked Jerry if it scared him to jump out of an airplane. ” A trainee who froze with fear during a jump would suddenly feel a strong “helping hand” shove him out the door of the plane. If Jerry was ever afraid, he had conquered his fear to develop a zeal for being a paratrooper.
The plan was to approach the flat hilltop known as the Old French Fort in a tight, stagger trail left formation. The slicks would hover a few feet off the ground in order to offload troops and supplies as swiftly as possible. Dusk and low fuel had forced CPT Britt to land at the Combat Base between sporadic mortar attacks. On approach to Khe Sanh, Pullen spotted the O-1 Bird Dog departing the Area of Operations (AO) for Quang Tri. He radioed the pilot for a situation report. ” Chapter Two Jerry Jerry William Elliott was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, on July 14, 1948.