Capt Ellis Miller “Ed” Bailey

Capt Ellis Miller “Ed” Bailey

Birth
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Death 11 Oct 1967 (aged 27)
Vietnam
Burial West Point, Orange County, New York, USA
Plot Section XXXIV, Row E, Site 185.
Memorial ID 122759634 · View Source
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USMA Class of 1962. Cullum No. 24024.

Ellis Miller Bailey was born on March 17, 1940 in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of George Ellis and Mattie Wallace Bailey. He grew up in Itasca, the Little Big Town of Texas. He was valedictorian of the 1958 class of Itasca High School. He was appointed to the USMA Class of 1962 by the Honorable Olin Teague of Texas’s 6th District. He received his commission in the Field Artillery upon graduation. He attended the Officers Basic Course at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning in Georgia and was assigned to the 1st Armored Division at Fort Hood in Texas. He served as executive officer of Battery B, 1st Battalion, 93rd Artillery and then became aide to two Assistant Division Commanders, Brigadier Generals Frank C. Newell and Charles S. O’Malley. In November 1964, he attended the United States Army Aviation School at Fort Rucker in Alabama. He met Ann Dudley of Hillsboro, Texas and they married in 1964. He graduated from flight school in 1966 and was assigned to Korea. After a short time in Korea he returned to Fort Rucker for helicopter transition training and reassignment to RVN. On April 28, 1967, he reported to the 187 Assault Helicopter Company, 269th Aviation Battalion, 12th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade at Gia Dinh Province in South Vietnam. On October 11, 1967, he and his crew received a request to carry six naval personnel to a landing craft tender, where they were to land on the helicopter pad. As the landing was aborted, the helicopter settled into the river, rolled over on its left side and sank almost immediately. The others on board survived, but his seat harness jammed and would not release. His death was ruled an accident. On August 8, 1967, he had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross at Tay Ninh, Vietnam for actions on August 7, 1967. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (First Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star Medal and the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters (1-13). He was buried at West Point on October 19, 1967 and is memorialized with a stone monument in the Itasca Cemetery in Itasca, Texas where his parents are interred. Miller Bailey Memorial Funds were established in both Itasca and Hillsboro. In April 1973, his parents donated his cadet uniform and artifacts for display at the Texas Heritage Museum at Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas. In 1997, the Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas, borrowed his dress uniform with tar bucket to display with his biography.
Source: United States Military Academy Association of Graduates memorial.


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  • Created by: SLGMSD
  • Added: 4 Jan 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 122759634
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Ellis Miller “Ed” Bailey (17 Mar 1940–11 Oct 1967), Find a Grave Memorial no. 122759634, citing United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, Orange County, New York, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .