Norman D. Elliott

On Wake Island
With a detachment of U.S. Marines on Wake Island, a small island between Hawaii and Guam, is an Eau Claire boy, Norman Elliott, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Elliott, 1504 Badger Avenue. This island has been variously reported as attacked and captured.

Mr. and Mrs. Elliott received a letter from their son today. It was dated December 1. There was nothing in it of significance, they said. He said there were naturally many things of which he would not write. Young Elliott has been in the Marine service for a year and a half and has been stationed on Wake Island for some weeks.

3rd Letter from Son in Jap War Prisoners Camp
Wake Island Marine Again Heard From
”Spring is here again and I’m still OK and getting along all right,” writes Private Norman D. Elliott, U.S. Marine Corps, in a letter just received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Elliott, 1504 Badger Avenue.

However, the letter just received is dated April 27, 1943. 

One of the reasons for its long delay in arriving at its destination is the fact that it was written in the Shanghai (China) War Prisoners Camp, where the Eau Claire Marine has been a prisoner since shortly after Pearl Harbor. Norman was one of the gallant defenders of Wake Island, which was captured by the Japs on December 24, two weeks after Pearl Harbor, after an epic defense against overwhelming numbers both in men, armament, planes, and warships.

This is the third letter received from Private Elliott since he was captured.

The text of the letter follows: “There isn’t much of anything to say except that we are still working every day. We are now working on a big recreation ground and a garden again this year.

“I received a prayer book from Reverend Jordan last month and sure is a good one, and will you please thank him for me?

“Tell everyone hello for me and give them my love.  NORM”

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 Folks—I 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." 

"Shanghai War Prisoners Camp
"April 12, 1944

"Dear Folks—Just 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, 


Local Marine Writes Letter From Jap Camp
Private Darrell Beaver, United States Marine Corps, a war prisoner in Shanghai, China, enlisted in the Corps about three years ago. He is now 20 years of age. He became a Japanese prisoner when Wake Island was taken at the beginning of the war. 

His mother, Mrs. Charles Beaver,1023 Emery Street, recently received the following letter from him:

''Will write a line or two to let you know that I am all right. Tell everyone 'hello' for me, and give my love to Jimmy and Jean.

"I have been doing a lot of reading lately. We have quite a barnyard. We have ducks, goats, chickens, two horses, and a mule. 

"We'll be able to play ball just as soon as the diamond dries. I bet Jimmy is a cute little rascal. Wish Barney and Edna good luck for me. Tell Harold that we'll go fishing and hunting when I get back, and Violet will undoubtedly need some help working crossword puzzles.

"Please don't worry."

Young Beaver is at the same prison as Norman Elliott, another Eau Claire boy who is a Japanese war prisoner.