Carroll William Elliott
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Carroll William Elliott
  • November 10, 1921 - January 20, 2018
  • Arizona

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Captain Carroll "Bill" W. Elliott, was born in Danville, Illinois in November of 1921. After High School Bill attended Blackburn University in Carlinville, Illinois. Bill enlisted in the Army in 1943, at the age of 22. Bill completed basic training at Camp Forrest, TN. Following basic training Bill helped activate a new regiment and was promoted to Sargent (skipping the rank of Corporal) as the regiment was preparing to go to the Pacific from Ft. Lewis. Soon Bill applied to Officer Training School at Ft. Benning, Georgia he soon graduated with the rank of Second Lieutenant and was assigned to Ft. Warren, Wyoming working with Harley and Indian Cycles monitoring the post transport. Sometime later transferring to Ft. Carson, Colorado, where he worked with gymnasium people, the highlight of the posting was refereeing Joe Lewis in exhibition boxing bouts.
Bill was assigned to the 44th Infantry Division (114th Regiment) and was in charge of mines and explosives for the 114th anti-tank company. The Division landed in France via Cherbourg and trained for a month before entering combat in October 1944. Joining the 7th Army in a drive to secure passes in the Vosges Mountains, the 44th continued on the offensive throughout the winter and spring of 1944-45, pursuing a disintegrating enemy through Germany and entering Austria just before the German surrender. The Division capturing German held towns, liberating POW camps, and destroying several German Divisions in route. Bill received the Bronze Star and Silver Star for his part in the five European Campaigns.
After the war Bill fell in Love with and married Norma Patricia Shafer. He went on to attend the University of Illinois graduating with a BA In 1948. He was recalled from inactive duty to serve in the Korean War, and continued in the Reserves & ANG.
Bill and Pat were members of Saint Paul's United Methodist church for 27 years, where he helped build their memorial garden and acted as usher. Bill also volunteered as Marshall at the Tucson Golf tournaments, the US Open In Michigan in 1996 "the Bob Hope tourney in California for 5 years, he also volunteered at the Red Cross, the Davis Mothan AFB Hospital Pharmacies. Bill was a life time member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a past member of the Elks. In the 70s Bill ran two Marathons, and after retiring to Tucson he became interested in rock hounding, becoming the President of the Old Pueblo Lapidary Club twice.
In 1990 Bill made a "Hole In One" at the Davis Monthan Golf Course.
Bill is survived by his daughter Joyce Anne Logue (White Lake Township, Michigan) son in Law James Logue, Daughter Pamela Nola Down (Lowell, Michigan). Grandsons Nolan Down (Greensboro, North Carolina), and Anthony Logue (Bel Aire, Maryland) Kathleen Logue, Granddaughter Traci De Page (Newark, Ohio) Andy De Page, great granddaughters Sarah and Allision De Page and great grandsons Jimmy and Cameron Logue.
He is preceded in death by wife Pat, sister, Ida Jane Marsters and brother Jack Elliott.