By Donna E. Elliott
On January 21, 1968, the 282nd AHC was once on a venture to help U.S. troops less than siege in Khe Sanh village while the lead helicopter used to be shot down by way of the North Vietnamese. in the middle of the enemy, Jerry Elliott jumped from his gunner's seat to rescue fellow Black Cat squaddies, and easily vanished. the army indexed him as lacking In Action-MIA-a hellish class that gives neither convenience nor closure to these again home.Officially specific as "Case a thousand" via the dept of safeguard, Jerry's destiny remains to be doubtful, regardless of a decided quest for the reality by way of his more youthful sister, Donna. pissed off at approximately each flip via the POW/MIA forms, she stoically keeps the search-one that has taken her from Washington, D.C. to Vietnam and again again.Keeping the Promise is a bittersweet story of a sister's endless commitment to just do that-keep the promise made to her brother, to the households of the POW/MIAs, and most significantly, to these left at the back of in Southeast Asia: we can't cease until eventually each final guy has the fullest attainable accounting.
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Unexpectedly called on stage to participate in the ceremony, Mama appeared unusually small as she stood before her only son. She had to look up to pin the silver jump wings on his chest. My brother was now an airborne paratrooper. This was by far the most exciting thing that had happened in our family since Cindy Ann was born. ” My throat felt tight, tears stung my eyes; this occasion was truly an unforgettable point in time for the Elliott family. After the ceremony, we waited with Jerry for a few hours to see if his orders would arrive.
The next morning visitors gathered in a large auditorium for the graduation ceremony. ” Unexpected emotions washed over me as Jerry strode down the aisle. I was so proud of my big brother at that moment I could have burst. Brothers and sisters are among the most important people in your life, yet often the most troublesome. Jerry and I lived together, played together, laughed together, and fought together. At times though, he downright annoyed me. He constantly monopolized the bathroom, borrowed or broke my favorite things, and teased me to the point where I wished I were an only child.
Few academic subjects held his attention. At school conferences, his teachers always told our parents he was a bright boy. Their only complaint was Jerry exhibited more interest in what happened outside the schoolroom window than the lesson on the blackboard. In 1964, the conflict in Vietnam intensified after the North Vietnamese attacked the USS Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin. ” Daddy and the kids, 1961. Left to right: Jerry, Daddy, Cindy (center), and Donna. Torn by the war in Vietnam, our country was animate with “love and peace” hippies.
Keeping the Promise: The Story of MIA Jerry Elliott, a Family Shattered by His Disappearance, and a Sister's 40-Year Search for the Truth by Donna E. Elliott