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Army Sergeant / Specialist Five - Pay grade E5
Killed in action November 9, 1970 by ground casualty gun, small arms fire hostile,
died in Bien Hoa South Vietnam. The body was recovered. Home of record was JUSTICE, WV.
Born December 1, 1949 age at death 20. A Caucasian Male, Married. Religious affiliation Church of God.
CAACF Record Number:233781310
More information on November 9th, 1970
Randy Ellis is standing giving out instruction prior to an air mobile operation the morning of Nov. 9th, 1970. He was our squad leader. Randy was one of those people who was proud to be a soldier and fully believed in what he was doing. Randy never got to see his first child, his wife was 7 months pregnant at the time of his death. The second picture is of Francis William Harter. It is a very special picture. When it was taken little did I know that 3 hours later he would get killed. He is the red head kneeling down petting the puppy. A few hours later the rest of the squad had headed out to an ambush location with 5 Arvn soldiers. On the way there they walked into an ambush. (which we believe was set up by the 2 Arvn's walking point since we never found them, believing that they went over to the other side).The third picture is of Ronald J. Di Bartolomeo who lived for 2 days after the ambush. Randy and Fran Died on Nov. 9, 1970, Ron died on the 11th. We were all in Co. B 1/5th Mech, 25th Infantry Div. November 9th 1970 was without a doubt the very worst day of my life and these three great people are to this day my hero's. I will remember them always! Thank You,