Re: Looking for - Dmsmiley
Subject: Re: Looking for
From: Dmsmiley
Date: May 25, 1998

Hi Jean,

Below is a Bio page that was on the site for Art Elliott.

If anyone else is interested in the site the url is:

Have a good night.
Denise (Kirkland) Smiley

Lieutenant Colonel - United States Army
Captured: April 26, 1970
Released: March 27, 1973

Colonel Elliott was last seen April 26 1970 as he directed the fight against
tightening ring of Viet Cong troops in central South Vietnam. Three years
later he was released from prison camp.

Our battalion had been airlifted in an attempt to relieve the siege of Dak
Seange Special Forces Camp. Our mission was later changed because a sister
battalion was surrounded by the enemy. For six days we were under intense
mortar and ground attack. We took heavy casualties and our supplies were
exhausted. We then attempted to break out. We successfully got outside the
perimeter but then the communist forces counterattacked. I became separated
From the rest of our element and tried to move south. The South Vietnamese
soldiers all around me gave themselves up to the enemy but I tried to

Having suffered shrapnel wounds in the legs I managed to move about 200
meters from the location and was in a sort of crawling position maneuvering
around an embankment when suddenly I encountered two camoflaged North
Vietnamese soldiers. They had their weapons aimed at me and ordered me to
my hands up.

I was then marched up a small hill and cast in a hole in the ground prison
cage in Laos for thirty days. My feet were kept in wooden stocks one foot
in during the day and two at night. The cage was 8 feet by 8 feet and the
floor was covered with water most of the time. Despite the hardships of the
"living" quarters the interrogations were like inquisitions. From there we
marched to Hanoi - 55 days away. The country was mountainous and the terrain
difficult. One of the Americans was in poor physical condition and had to be
helped. I carried him across streams to keep his wounds from getting wet. i
went from a weight of 205 down as low as 145 while a prisoner. The march was
bad experience. The guards struck prisoners with sticks to make us move
faster. Leeches got on our skin and sucked the blood out. It was raining and
we were always tired and hungry. When we arrived at a field camp near Hanoi
was placed in solitary confinement for four months. Later we were taken to a
place ironically named Plantation Gardens.

The Communists tried hard to make us think the United States had forgotten
but they were unsuccessful. We had a strong underground communications
organization that helped our morale. We used all kinds of secret signals to
pass information especially that gained from new prisoners. We wanted to
what was happening on the outside. The guards were sometimes successful in
breaking the underground but it was always re-established.

Colonel Elliott is a native of Bowie, Texas and was in the last days of his
second tour in Vietnam when he was captured. He is a former Texas highway
patrolman who joined the National Guard when he was 17. He entered the
Army and was commissioned in 1961. He served one tour in the Republic of
Vietnam from 1966 to 1967 and returned in 1969. "I'm still an Army man " he
said after his release. "I'll always be an Army man."

After months and years of peeping through small holes it's a luxury to
sit in the living room and look out the window and gain an unobstructed view
of sunshine trees and flowers.

How is he ultimately affected by his imprisonment under the Communists? He
answers that "For one thing it makes you really appreciate the good old
States of America. Until you have lived under a Communist regime you cannot
begin to know how lucky you are to be an American. I feel sure that all the
former prisoners will prove to be stronger Americans than they were before
because they know what the other side is like. I think that most of us who
have had this experience will be more politically minded than we were
We will want to participate more faithfully in our country."

Colonel Elliott sends this message to all the American people: "Thank God I
free and thank you for helping to make it possible. I will always be
for your love and concern."

November 1996
Artice Elliot retired from the United States Army as a Colonel. He and his
wife Wanda reside in Colorado.
-----Original Message-----
To: [email protected] 
Date: Monday, May 25, 1998 11:03 AM
Subject: Looking for

Does anyone know where thee is a list of people missing in Veitnam.I got
my husband of the lucky  I bought several bracelets with names
of missing service personel I have see the names of some I had but I
never found out about this one
    Major Art W Elliott 4/26/70 could someone look it up for me.
thanks Jean

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