Ellis, Howard, MSgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant E-7
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
72170-Information Technician
Last AFSC Group
Media Services
Primary Unit
1957-1963, 72170, 15th Air Force
Service Years
1942 - 1965
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Master Sergeant E-7

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United States
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Contact Info
Home Town
New York City, N.Y.
Last Address
Moreno Valley, Ca

Date of Passing
Jan 25, 2017
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Air Force Retired Communications Specialist

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Berlin Airlift Veterans AssociationBerlin U.S. Military Veterans Association9th Air Force Association
  1996, Berlin Airlift Veterans Association
  1996, Berlin U.S. Military Veterans Association [Verified]
  2008, 9th Air Force Association1

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
My wife and I are in full retirement at our home in Moreno Valley, California. I quit high school in University City, Mo., and enlisted in the Army Air Force on Oct. 24, 1942 and served with the 1074th Signal Svc. Co. and then 877th Sig. Svc. Co., from 1943 in England to 1945 at Munchen-Gladbach, Germany. Subsequently I re-enlisted and served in the army communications center, Pentagon, for one year as civilian. Then, in 1946, I re-enlisted in regular army (1946-50)still at the Pentagon, and was TDY-ed to Eniwetok, Atoll, S. Pacific, for Operation Sandstone A-bomb testing, as cryptographer. Subsequently, was assigned to Hq. in West Berlin as editor of post newspaper, BERLIN OBSERVER. IN 1950, was Honorably Discharged from the Army and enlisted in USAF and was assigned to Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, as information tech and editor of post newspaper. Subsequent assignments, all as info tech and base paper editor, were at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, from 1955 to 1957, March AFB, California, 1957 to 1963; then Goose Air Base from 1963 to 1964, then to Castle AFB, Merced, Ca., to retirement in 1965. I met my wife in Berlin in 1949 during the blockade era and we were married in 1952. We have three sons and two daughters and six grandsons...sort of bonus for our military service. After military retirement in 1965 I was a reporter and columnist on a San Bernardino, Ca. newspaper, The Daily Sun-Telegram from which I retired in 1990. 'NUFF SAID.
Other Comments:
DURING WORLD WAR II, as mentioned earlier, I was assigned to the Army Air Force as a (SSgt) Cryptocenter NCOIC in the 1074th Signal Service Co. (commander Lt. Robert Scott Gruhn of Wilmette, Illinois)from Oct. '42 to Dec.'43, from Harding Field, Baton Rouge, La, to Windsor, England, 8th Air Force support command, 8th AF; I was then transferred to similar assignment to the 877th Signal Service Co., 9th AF (company commander Capt. William T. Wills of Cheyenne, Wyo., 16th TAD commander Maj. Joseph A. Plihal). I served with the 877th through Normandy (safe arrival in July '44), through Rheims-Courcy AAF station in France, to Munchen-Gladbach, Germany in April '45 where we remained to war's end. We were,in July '45, returned to France - Camp "20 Grand" at LaHavre, for transport home and then to Laredo Army Air Field, Texas, for processing into civilian life on Oct. 16, 1945...but of course I ended up re-enlisting...smartest decision of my life along with my original enlistment decision Oct. 24, 1942.
AND, TODAY, OCT.28,'09, got a letter from - of all people - then 2d Lt. Bob Cross (now 94 years old and Lt. Col., USAF, retired) who was OIC of our communications section in the 877th...he was my boss...we'd found each other via internet several years ago and been in touch until few months ago and I thought I'd lost him and I was the 877th's "last man standing" but Bob reassures me I'm not alone 'though he's in an 'assisted' living home in Maine. He does advise me he's the last of the 877th's officers still standing and neither of us knows if any of my fellow "enlisted men" are still somewhere sharing our old age. I gotta tell, no B.S.involved, our 877th was one of the finest military units serving in the ETO in WW2 and I am grateful Bob Cross is still with us and grieve for those who aren't...they WERE my BROTHERS too.
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, USAAF Recruit Training (Jefferson Barracks, MO)
 Unit Assignments
VIII Air Support CommandUSAAF InstallationsUS Air Force9th Air Force
Air Force Pentagon Communications AgencyDavis-Monthan Air Force Base15th Air Force
  1942-1943, M 0542, VIII Air Support Command/1074th Signal Support Company
  1942-1943, M 0542, Harding Field
  1943-1945, M 0542, 16th Air Depot Group/877th Signal Service Company
  1943-1945, M 0542, 9th Air Force
  1946-1947, M 0542, Air Force Pentagon Communications Agency
  1950-1953, 72170, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
  1957-1963, 72170, 15th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1961-1965 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1946-1952, B-17 Flying Fortress
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