John E. Elliott

ARMAMENT
Private John E. Elliott, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Elliott, 1504 Badger Avenue, graduated from the Department of Armament of Lowry Field, Denver, CO on December 7.

He attended Eau Claire Senior High School and entered the service on August 24 of this year.


GRADUATES
Corporal John E. Elliott, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Elliott, 1504 Badger Avenue, recently was graduated from the Buckingham Army Air Field at Fort Meyers, FL. He is now qualified as an Aerial Gunner.

Elliotts Again Hear from Son, Prisoner of Japs
Further assurance that their mail was getting through to their son, Private Norman Elliott, U.S. Marine Corps, a prisoner of war of the Japs since shortly after Pearl Harbor, was contained in a letter received Monday by Mr. and Mrs. Arleigh J. Elliott, 1504 Badger Avenue, from him, dated April 12, 1944, telling of the receipt of a letter from them dated December 7, 1942.

In the same mail as the letter, they also received a post card from their son of much more recent date, August 5, 1944. 

Private Elliott was one of the gallant Marine defenders of  Wake Island and was taken prisoner when the outpost was taken by the Japs, a short time after Pearl Harbor. 

In both his card and his letter, Norman said he was in good health and O.K. In the letter, he tells of receiving his parents' December 7, 1942 letter and also letters from a number of friends here and in the service. 

Mr. and Mrs. Elliott had previously received a number of cards and letters from their son since he was taken prisoner. The texts of the card and letter, both written from the Shanghai War Prisoner Camp, follow: 

Post Card 
"Shanghai War Prisoners Camp
"August 5, 1944. 

"Dear FolksóI am still in the same place and in good health, and I hope everyone there is, too. The weather here is pretty hot now, but it will be over soon. Love, Norman." 

Letter 
"Shanghai War Prisoners Camp
"April 12, 1944

"Dear FolksóJust a few lines to tell you that I am still getting along O.K.

"Yesterday (April 11, 1944) I received your letter of December 7, 1942, and also one each from Viola, Daisy, Roger Ritsch and Tom Hagen. I sure was glad to hear from home again. The picture of Bob (his brother Robert A. Elliott, U.S.A. now in England) and his daughter sure is nice. Was sorry to hear that Bob broke his leg. (His brother broke his leg, while skiing here, while home on furlough late in 1942). So he's in the Army and Floyd is in the Navy. 

"I was really surprised to hear about them. I was also surprised to hear that mother was working, but I suppose everyone is pretty busy these days. 

"Well, Jack (another brother, John E. Elliott, a B-29 gunner now in Florida) is almost ready to graduate, isn't he? Sure would like to be there for commencement, but it doesn't look as though I would make it, but may be there for Art's (another brother in the senior high school here, who will be graduated in June 1946). Well, I'm out of space. Tell everyone hello for me and that I'm hoping to be home soon. Much love, 

Norman"