Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Thomas Ellis Collection
Collection Number
2287
Date(s)
Undated
Size
0.8 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
Photograph Collection; Slide Collection; Cold Storage
Processed by
C. Williams, Oct. 2012[Updated: Nov. 2012 by G. Lerma]
Digitization Status
Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

To search for items within this collection, or within all of the holdings of the Vietnam Archive, go to the Virtual Vietnam Archive

Scope and Content

Less than one linear foot of slides and photographs document Thomas Ellis' military service in Vietnam.

Biographical Note

Thomas Ellis was born in Buckhorn, Kentucky in 1940. He volunteered for the U.S. Army in 1959, where he served for 21 years and 8 months. During the Vietnam War, Ellis served as a helicopter pilot with C Troop 1st of the 9th Cavalry from March of 1967, to May of 1967, and with A Company, 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion (ASHB), from February 1969, to February 1970. During his tour he was stationed in Bong Son and Bear Cat, and held the ranks of CW 01, CW 02, and 1st Lieutenant. He was involved in the An Lo Valley Campaign, Happy Valley, Crows Foot, and Crescent. He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross, a Bronze Star Medal, and two Purple Hearts. Ellis retired from the U.S. Army in 1979 at the rank of Major 0-4. He currently belongs to the Vietnam Helicopter Pilot Association, the 1st/9th Association, and the 1st Cavalry Association. After serving in Vietnam Ellis flew helicopters for PHI, Inc., and The United Coal Company, and then went to work for the U.S. Postal Service until retiring.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Separated Materials

Photographs
14 photographs documenting Ellis' tour in Vietnam mostly pictures of paintings on the sides of helicopters.

VA065858 - VA065871.
Slides
180 slides documenting Thomas Ellis' tour in Vietnam Box 1 (VAS064737-VAS064916).
Electronic Media
2287EM0585: CD with photgraphs from Thomas Ellis' Vietnam Service.

Digitized Materials

Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

To search for items within this collection, or within all of the holdings of the Vietnam Archive, go to the Virtual Vietnam Archive