Mr. Elbert was drafted into the United States Army in 1944. After completing basic training, Mr. Elbert was sent to join Allied Forces fighting for control of the Italian Peninsula. After reaching Naples, Elbert was wounded by shrapnel fire coming from German soldiers fighting in Italy. He would later be awarded the Purple Heart for his service in Italy.
Dates of Service
Drafted; United States Army; 2nd Battalion, 32nd Armored Division; 3rd Armored Division; Vietnam War, 1961-1975; United States; Germany; Specialist Four
Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Second World War - European Theater