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Roy Arthur Elsner 1925 - 2014

Roy Arthur Elsner

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February 25, 2015
A true gentleman and friend, God Bless.
August 02, 2014
Missing you.
May 08, 2014
Roy was a real American Hero, a credit to the Marines, his family and his friends.
March 14, 2014
I am proud to have known Roy and pleased that I was able to publish his record in my book, Death Watch Beetle, A Historical Post WWII Spy Thriller, and on my web site http://deathwatchbeetle.net/vets2.html

Here is what it says about Roy;

Roy A. Elsner: Entered USMC 1943 in San Diego. Made Corporal March 1944. 27th MarReg, 4th MarDiv.
Attacked IWO JIMA , D Day, H Hour. Helped carry body of comrade John Basilone, CMH for burial on Day 2.
A mile from volcano & attacking main airfield when famous flag raising made on IWO JIMA.
Wounded in action 11th March 1945, lost tricep in left arm. Also head wound. Awarded Purple Heart with Star,
Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Medal, WWII Victory Medal.
Dischargd as Cpl, 23 Feb 1946 Current age 89.
Often invited as a guest speaker on IWO JIMA.

His name is now in print for perpetuity and cannot be forgotten. Thanks for your service Roy and may you RIP!
David E Huntley-Author
March 11, 2014
An bright light in our lives is gone with your passing. You were a leader and a gentleman. Passover will never be the same for our families.
March 09, 2014
To live your life such that, at the end, no one is happy at your passing is the best a man can do. Roy was such a man. We all miss him and are sad at his passing, though we can celebrate his wonderful life.
March 09, 2014
It took me awhile to gather words worthy of a loving goodbye to one of my most favorite people I've ever met. It's so hard to say goodbye to the people we love. Roy, you gave me many gifts. You gave me wisdom when I needed it and advice when I asked. You always gave me cheerful smiles and good laughs. You understood when things weren't going my way and you cheered loudly when things went well. You emceed my wedding reception with flare. But the very most best thing you ever gave me was my best friend. Our friendship has waxed and waned at times, but it has endured for decades. So thank you most Roy, for giving life to Susan. She is so kind, loving and generous. My life would not have been the same without her. I will love and miss you and Essie forever.
March 08, 2014
I will never forget Roy and he remains in my thoughts. A true inspiration and embodiment of everything a man should live up to. I will always miss him.
March 08, 2014
I met Mr. And Mrs. Elsner after I became friends with their daughter Susan. Susan and I met at band school (Permian High). We became fast friends, and I was lucky enough to spend time at Susan's home. Her parents were the best. I had some red pants at that time, and Mr. Elsner always called me "Cindy red pants" He will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to Susan and Phil. Your father was a great man. My son and son-in-law serve in the military, of which I am very proud.Mr. Elsner was one of the "greats" serving our country, and our community. Love to the family??
March 06, 2014
Roy was my first employer, as I returned to Odessa from college and worked with him and Essie as they formed KQIP FM. He then encouraged me to use my skills as a staff member at the Odessa Chamber of Commerce where he was an active volunteer. After several years there, I then served several Texas local Chambers, returning to Odessa as their Chamber CEO, only to find that Roy was to become my Chairman of the Board. After retiring from the Chamber profession at the state Chamber in Austin, I made a list of outstanding community leaders I had worked with in my career, and Roy Elsner was very near the top of that list.

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