DEWEY A. ELLIS, JR., LTJG, USN

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Lucky Bag

From the 1948-B Lucky Bag:

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DEWEY ALLEN ELLIS, JR.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Squeeze . . . squeeze . . . little black spots on a white target ... a tattered bull's-eye . . . Navy wins . . . the captain leads the scorers ... a flash of gold in a summer sky . . . use Navy gold inlay ... his mouth shines with neon brightness . . . short . . . sharp . . . quick . . . short in step and stature . . . sharp in tongue and wit . . . quick in stride and action ... a man to be reckoned with academically . . . watch his nose . . . will give him away every time . . . twitches every time he makes a point . . . wide innocent eyes . . . with a twinkle . . . watch that twinkle . . . trouble . . . trouble boil and bubble . . . women are a snare and a delusion . . . my gad . . . I'm losing hair . . . worrying . . . Navy . . . Navy . . . mister don't you know you're not in college . . . forty-eight . . . forty-nine . . . fifty . . . shove off . . . square that corner . . . what day did Ens. J. P. Zilk die? . . . where? . . . come around . . . salt on his foods ... in his ears . . . Frisco . . . CINCPAC . . . Bainbridge . . . Fifty-second Street . . . Light Street . . . hiyah, mate . . . have a beer . . . women . . . women . . . tall . . . short . . . but women . . . Hit Parade . . . variety . . . songs of the month . . . The Things We Did Last Summer . . . ouch a voice that's gone astray . . . corsairs . . . wings of gold . . . oh no . . . not Link trainers ... a smiling pilot . . . one stripe . . . two stripes . . . three . . . four . . . forty years ... the salt of the water . . . the wind . . . the ships . . . the ports . . . restless soul . . . Dewey Ellis.

Dewey was twice captain of the rifle team; in 1948 they won the National Intercollegiate Rifle Championship. He graduated from the 7th Company with the class of 1948-B in June 1948. (The top half of the class academically, designated 1948-A, graduated in June 1947 as the last wartime-accelerated class.)

1948-B 7th Company

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Loss

Dewey was lost in the crash of his PB4Y-2 Privateer aircraft at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, on October 6, 1952. The aircraft was assigned to Patrol Squadron 24 (VP-24) at the time; assume Dewey was as well, though there is no information posted about fatalities or the crash itself, except the location, date, and bureau number of the aircraft.

Family

He was survived by his wife, Lenora Irene "Molly" Hopkins Ellis, who met Dewey when she was stationed at USNA while a member of the WAVES. They had two children: a daughter, Claudia, and a son, Dewey. Both were alive as of Molly's obituary in 2013; there were also four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren as of that writing.


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Class of 1948
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