ELLIS, BILLY JOE Name: Billy Joe Ellis Rank/Branch: E4/US Army Unit: Company D, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division Date of Birth: 20 April 1948 (Johnson City TN) Home City of Record: Elizabethton TN Date of Loss: 03 January 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 153847N 1081013E (AT968317) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 0960 Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: On January 3, 1968, SP4 Billy Ellis was on radio watch at landing zone Leslie when the LZ came under heavy mortar and small arms attack. Other members of SP4 Ellis' unit stated that he had been hit in the initial barrage as they went to seek cover. While in a protected position, these individuals saw an ammunition bunker explode. After the engagement, no trace of SP4 Ellis could be found. From witness statements, it was assumed that Ellis had probably crawled into the ammunition bunker that exploded. However, Ellis was not declared Killed in Action, because there was sufficient doubt that he was killed. He was declared Missing in Action, and it is believed that the Vietnamese could account for him. Witnesses believe that Ellis was probably killed the day LZ Leslie was attacked. If Ellis crawled into the ammunition bunker, he almost certainly did die. But still, doubts remain. And as thousands of reports pour in relating to Americans missing, prisoner or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, the probability that many of them are still alive grows. The question rises, "Where is Billy Ellis?" If alive, what must he be thinking of us? Billie Joe Ellis was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant during the period he was maintained Missing in Action.