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Sgt Bruce Clinton Elkins

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Sgt Bruce Clinton Elkins

Birth
Swannanoa, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Death
14 Nov 1970 (aged 22)
Bình Dương, Bình Dương, Vietnam
Burial
Black Mountain, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Plot
Section S Grave 172
Memorial ID
17395062 View Source

SGT Bruce Clinton Elkins, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Swannanoa, NC.

Sergeant Bruce Clinton Elkins, casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SGT Elkins served our country until November 14th, 1970 in Binh Duong, South Vietnam. He was 22 years old and was not married. Bruce died from an undetermined explosion. His body was recovered. Bruce was born on February 28th, 1948 in Swannanoa, North Carolina. SGT Elkins is on panel 06W, line 059 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

My name is Carroll Hipps. Bruce and I both grew up in the small town of Swannanoa, N.C. Bruce was almost 3 years older than me but we hung out with most of the same people so we knew each other pretty well. Bruce went into the Army before me because I had to wait until I was 17 before I could talk my Dad into signing for me to enlist. Before I enlisted Bruce came home on leave from Germany before going to Nam.Needless to say he was my hero and if he was going to fight for our country then so was I. I went to basic training in January of 1969. I wouldn't be 18 until July 29 so I had to wait until I was almost through tank school before I could put in a 1049 request for Vietnam. I had a week or so to go in the school when I finally got my orders to go to Nam. I had a 15 day leave and on September 4th I was in the Pearl of the Orient assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry. I didn't know it but Bruce had been with the Blackhorse since he got there in 68. I was in the 2nd Squadron and later heard that Bruce was in the 3rd. To make a long story short I finally got up with him and got my "young ass" chewed in a big way for being over there. We saw each other a few more times before he was killed in November of 70. I stayed until Jan. of 71 when I was made to go home. It took me 25 years to make myself go to his grave. I got there and it was in such foul shape that I had to spend some time getting his and his Dad's grave cleaned up. I have since learned that his kin had moved to S.C. in the early 70s and there is nobody to take care of the graves which are side by side. Since that first visit I have gone to see Bruce and his Dad every Memorial Day and Veterans Day. I put flags and flowers there and I will do it until I can no longer get to the cemetery. ALLONS Bruce, you were a Brother and you will always be my HERO! William Carroll Hipps, [email protected]

He served as a Sergeant with Mike Company, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry, USARV.

He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.

SGT Bruce Clinton Elkins, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Swannanoa, NC.

Sergeant Bruce Clinton Elkins, casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SGT Elkins served our country until November 14th, 1970 in Binh Duong, South Vietnam. He was 22 years old and was not married. Bruce died from an undetermined explosion. His body was recovered. Bruce was born on February 28th, 1948 in Swannanoa, North Carolina. SGT Elkins is on panel 06W, line 059 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

My name is Carroll Hipps. Bruce and I both grew up in the small town of Swannanoa, N.C. Bruce was almost 3 years older than me but we hung out with most of the same people so we knew each other pretty well. Bruce went into the Army before me because I had to wait until I was 17 before I could talk my Dad into signing for me to enlist. Before I enlisted Bruce came home on leave from Germany before going to Nam.Needless to say he was my hero and if he was going to fight for our country then so was I. I went to basic training in January of 1969. I wouldn't be 18 until July 29 so I had to wait until I was almost through tank school before I could put in a 1049 request for Vietnam. I had a week or so to go in the school when I finally got my orders to go to Nam. I had a 15 day leave and on September 4th I was in the Pearl of the Orient assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry. I didn't know it but Bruce had been with the Blackhorse since he got there in 68. I was in the 2nd Squadron and later heard that Bruce was in the 3rd. To make a long story short I finally got up with him and got my "young ass" chewed in a big way for being over there. We saw each other a few more times before he was killed in November of 70. I stayed until Jan. of 71 when I was made to go home. It took me 25 years to make myself go to his grave. I got there and it was in such foul shape that I had to spend some time getting his and his Dad's grave cleaned up. I have since learned that his kin had moved to S.C. in the early 70s and there is nobody to take care of the graves which are side by side. Since that first visit I have gone to see Bruce and his Dad every Memorial Day and Veterans Day. I put flags and flowers there and I will do it until I can no longer get to the cemetery. ALLONS Bruce, you were a Brother and you will always be my HERO! William Carroll Hipps, [email protected]

He served as a Sergeant with Mike Company, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry, USARV.

He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.


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  • Maintained by: Tom Reece
  • Originally Created by: 46512307
  • Added: 11 Jan 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 17395062
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17395062/bruce-clinton-elkins: accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Bruce Clinton Elkins (28 Feb 1948–14 Nov 1970), Find a Grave Memorial ID 17395062, citing Mountain View Memorial Park, Black Mountain, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA; Maintained by Tom Reece (contributor 46857744) .