Awards: Purple Heart

Harry Joseph Ellis III

Sergeant, U.S. Army


C Company
1st Battalion
503rd Infantry Regiment

173rd Airborne Brigade

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: March 14, 1968
Buried at: Gate of Heaven Cemetery
                  Berlin, New Jersey

SERGEANT HARRY JOSEPH ELLIS III was born January 6, 1947 to Harry and Sarah McConnell Ellis. He had one brother, Dennis, and a sister, Margaret. Yhe family lived in Atco, New Jersey. Sergeant Ellis was single and belonged to the Roman Catholic church.

Harry Ellis graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 1965. He played football for Camden Catholic High and appeared in a production of “My Fair Lady”. He was a member of the Atco Volunteer Fire Company and was active in the Catholic Youth Organization of Assumption Church.

Harry Ellis entered the US Army on April 12, 1965, and attained the rank of Sergeant (SGT). He served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. 
His MOS (Military Occupation Specialty) was 11B4P, which stood for Light Weapons Infantry (ARMY).

Sergeant Ellis began his tour in Vietnam on August 18, 1967. Harry was killed in action on March 14, 1968 in Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam. 

is honored on Panel 44E, Row 45 of
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.


** Note that some of these messages are from years ago
 and there contact information may not be good anymore **

Searching for brother of Harry Ellis 3rd - Dennis Ellis

Harry and I met in hospital and were in the same ward and became goog friends over the six weeks we were together. He often spoke of his family and his brother Dennis who I would like to catch up with and meet. If this could be possible I would love to come over to America and meet and to talk about Harry. My contact email address is

Abraham (Hoppy) Holster
62 McLaren Drive
Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia
Saturday, November 20, 2004

"To a Comrade in Flanders" by Wilfred Owen

My late father served with Harry's father, Hank, in a joint British/American unit in North Africa and Corsica during WW2. They kept in touch long after the war ended. We received food parcels all through the late 1940s/1950s. Harry always included a comic book or two and a bag a Tootsie Rolls. He was probably 4 or 5 years old at the time. In 1964, my work happened to take me from London, England, to New York city. I took the opportunity to visit the Ellis family in Atco, NJ. I was welcomed with open arms. It was an experience that endeared me to the USA forever! Atco, small town America and the essence of this country. Harry, and his brother Dennis, took me to see my first American football game at their high school. As I am from Liverpool, England, I was the star of the game. Harry kept bringing young ladies to meet me and to hear my Liverpool accent (1964 - Beatles!) He brought over so many young ladies I suspect he was quite the Lothario. We drove to the game in Harry's car which happened to be an XK 120 Jaguar! Boy, was I jealous. It was in bad shape when he bought it but he was such a good mechanic he eventually had it purring like a cat! Harry also instructed me in the firing of a .22 rifle. Nothing out of the ordinary for an American but, for an Englishman quite an adventure! Harry's family were just wonderful people. Hank, Sally, Harry, Dennis and Peggy. While I was in the USA I married an American gal from Michigan. My parents, who came for the wedding, were able to spend a week with the Ellis family. (I suspect the VFW hall in Atco is still recovering!) They just loved Harry. "He was so polite. Such a nice young man." I suspect they would have swapped me for Harry! Harry (we called him Pudge) really was such a great kid. What can I say? Such a waste. I take comfort in knowing that he loved and believed in his country and I am sure he would not have changed anything in his life. I learned a lot from Harry. He was the quintessential American teenager who would have been welcomed and loved wherever he went in the world. I just wish that I had known him a little longer. I note that Harry's tour of duty began on August 18, 1967. August 18 is my birthday! My dedication to Harry is every poem that was penned by Wilfred Owen. We shall meet again, Pudge. David

David Brocklebank
Friend of the family
Lansing, MI
Friday, November 22, 2002