MIDDLETON, TN, USA U.S. Marines GYSGT, WPNS CO, 2D BN, 3D MAR, (RCT-2, I MEF FWD), 3D MAR DIV, KANEOHE BAY, HI ALBU HYATT, IRAQ 02/01/2007
Marine Gunnery Sergeant Terry J. Elliott, 34, of Middleton, TN. Gunnery Sergeant Terry J Elliott joined the USMC on June 2, 1992. He served 14 years and 7 months before he died on February 1, 2007 during combat operations in Iraq. He was assigned to the Hawaii based 2nd Battalion 3rd Marine Regiment at Kaneohe Bay.
Gunnery Sergeant Elliott served with 1st Battalion 8th MAR from December 1992 to July 1997. While attached to 1/8, Gunnery Sergeant Elliott was deployed with the 22nd MEU in Kosova and participated in the humanitarian earthquake relief efforts in Kobe, Japan. From July 1997 to March 2001, Gunnery Sergeant Elliott served with Marine Corps Base Camp Lejune and as a range coach at MCRD Parris Island. In March 2001, Gunnery Sergeant Elliott was sent to recruiting school and after graduating he served as a recruiter in Little Rock, AR and Nashville, TN from June 2001 to June 2004.
In June 2004, Gunnery Sergeant Elliott joined 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines and was assigned as a platoon sergeant to Weapons Company. Gunnery Sergeant Elliottserved in Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan and was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom when he was killed in action in Albu Hyatt, Iraq.
Gunnery Sergeant Elliott’s accomplishments and awards included: the Purple Heart, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars, Combat ActionRibbon with gold star, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal with three bronze stars, National Defense Medal with Bronze star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, United Nations Medal, NATO Medal and Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon.