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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Specialist Fourth Class 2
Birth:
14 Mar 1947 2
Death:
12 Nov 1967 2
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Full Name:
Elzie Sanders, Jr 2
Birth:
14 Mar 1947 2
Male 2
Death:
12 Nov 1967 2
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 2
Age at Death: 20 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 12 Nov 1967 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Residence:
Hometown: Smiths Grove, KY 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Specialist Fourth Class 2
Battalion:
2nd Bn 2
Company:
B Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Selective Service 2
Grade:
E4 2
Major Command:
25th Inf Div 2
Regiment:
27th Infantry 2
Service:
Army 2
Specialty:
Light Weapons Infantry (ARMY) 2
Tour Start Date:
05 Apr 1967 2
Years Served:
1 2
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Religion:
Baptist - Other Groups 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 85 2
Panel: 29E 2

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The Three of Us

Smiths Grove, Ky

In Kentucky, most people call it home. It was Billy Tomes, Jr Sanders and Larry Tomes. We were a total team of "Cousins" There were only two children in Jr's Family and 12 in me and Billy's. That was not scary. Just hard times for us all. We were very close. Played together shared all and respected each other. Billy was born on Jan 5th1949 Jr on April 1947 and I on December of 1947. We became very close. We had the same relatives, interest, wants and desires. Two tragedies happened to our relationship. Billy died in a fire while saving his son in Florida. Then Jr gave his life protecting us during the Vietnam Conflict. I had joind the National Guard. We trained two weekends a month preparing ourselves for a venture in the Jungle. After losing both friends, I just didn't care. I also lost my Girlfriend. I was close to breacking down.

However, I stayed in the Guard for 10 years, then transferred to the Reserves. I never stopped training or taking responsibility. I was promoted to 1SGT and SGM. That was the load to break the Camel's back. Divorce, being single for 3 years. and Remarriage. I still have my Children and another Step=Daughter by Linda my second wife.

This was not to redirect your thoughts. But, to show what influence the two friends had on me. I totally love to have known them. I have not forgotten them and some day, I hope to see them again. May they rest in peace with God. I thank them for all they have given.

SGM Larry J Tomes USAR(ret)

Vietnam Wall Panel coords 29E 085

Douglas Peck
Elsie was an outstanding person. He was a personal friend in Vietnam in 1967- an inspiration to all of us in the Wolfhounds as a man and a very brave soldier. He was a true hero who always gave more than was expected and was always there when needed despite the constant danger.
Tuesday, August 15, 2000

  HERO Posted for: ELZIE SANDERS JR: FROM THE DAY I WAS BORN YOU WERE MY HERO. LOVE SIS. Posted by: Linda
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Relationship: He is my brother
Friday, March 28, 2003   We will always remember..... Posted for: ELZIE SANDERS JR: I will always remember Elzie as a quiet and gentle person,he had such a gentle manner....the kind of person who was pleasant to be around....Thank you Elzie for the sacrifice you made....Sharon Posted by: Sharon Carroll
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Relationship: We were high school classmates
Tuesday, May 30, 2000

    HE IS MY NEPHEW Posted for: ELZIE SANDERS JR: WE LOVE AND MISS HIM STILL Posted by: AUNT ALLENE & UNCLE BOB
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Relationship: OUR NEPHEW
Monday, February 26, 2001     IN REMEMBERANCE Posted for: ELZIE SANDERS JR: THIS IS IN REMEMBERANCE FOR THE GREAT LOVE AND SACRFICE THAT WAS MADE BY HIM AND I NEVER MET HIM BUT HE HAS SUCH A KIND AND LOVING FACE AND I KNOW THAT I WOULD HAVE LOVED HIM. HE IS TIM'S MY HUSBAND'S COUSIN. PROUD OF YOU JEANIE AND TIM AND DAKOTA Posted by: JEANIE SANDERS
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Relationship: COUSIN
Monday, April 21, 2003   2/27th Wolfhounds Posted for: ELZIE SANDERS JR: Elzie, my dad Captain Charles A. Springer was your Commanding Officer with the 2/27th Wolfhounds and was killed along side of you on November 12, 1967. Thank you for your sacrifice, you will not be forgotten. Posted by: Charles Phillip Springer
Email: Charles.p.springer@usdoj.gov
Relationship: My Dad served with you
Thursday, August 31, 2006

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