Earl Hancock Ellis

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Earl Hancock Ellis was born in Luka, Kansas back in 1880 to Augustus and Catherine. He graduated first in the high school class in Pratt, Kansas. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1900. By 1901, he was promoted to corporal. Due to his high intelligence, he was selected to sit for an examination for an officer position. In December of that same year he passed the exam and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.

The stories I could tell would well exceed my limits, but if you’re interested you can look him up, so I’ll just get to the highlights. He rose through the ranks to Lieutenant Colonel. In 1920, he was assigned to work on a plan in the event of hostilities happened with Imperial Japan. When he finished his work in 1921, “Operations Plan 712: Advanced Base Operation in Micornesia”. It was the basis for the American campaign of amphibious assault that defeated the Japanese in WWII. What caught my attention is that it was written a full 20 years before hostilities began.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray it's always nice to climb up the ranks...and then to be involved with amphibious assault techniques prior to that happening....

Nov 10, 2019 03:34 AM #1
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

"Pete" Ellis was a smart guy! I'm wondering whether his military career added to his longevity or shortened his demise through his addictions. Forty two years is not a long life by any means, alcoholic or not. It appears there was so, so much more he could have offered other than his strategies. Sad, very sad.

Nov 10, 2019 04:10 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Earl is the perfect example of the forward thinker! Enjoy your day!

Nov 10, 2019 04:22 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

His insight for planning was truly a gift that helped in planning to protect our country ahead of the war.

Nov 10, 2019 04:32 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Marines.

Someone had the foresight of being prepared for the future and he was the right man to have the basis in the works.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 10, 2019 05:07 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like he definitely knew what he was doing and had a great military career.

Nov 10, 2019 05:13 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am always intrigued and amazed by facts like these.  He must have really understood the importance of strategy.  A

Nov 10, 2019 06:15 AM #7
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... not that is amazing... to plan out an assault 20 years before an event. I'm finding it hard to wrap my mind around this fact.

Nov 10, 2019 06:28 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - your "teaser" of the story of Earl Hancock Ellis is interesting.  A possible movie plot....   As Alexandra Ron and Alexandra Seigel commented in part:  "intriguing".  

Nov 10, 2019 06:31 AM #9
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I saw Midway with a friend last night and in a way the same thing was obvious about the main intelligence officer in the movie, he had thought through before hostilities happened what would happen, but maybe not by 20 years. Pretty impressive, but as my son would say a fellow Marine, well he was a Marine.

Nov 10, 2019 08:33 AM #10
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon James. This is amazing and chilling both. Thank you for sharing this story.

Nov 10, 2019 09:16 AM #11
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Mr. Hancock was certainly a brilliant military strategist. I am glad that he was on our side.

Nov 10, 2019 03:29 PM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Earl's foresight into battles yet to be fought is amazing. Sounds like an amazing man with many interesting stories to tell.

Nov 10, 2019 05:30 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI James- thank goodness for the forward thinkers of the world. what an interesting man. 

Nov 10, 2019 07:58 PM #14
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Some of the greatest strategies never get utilized. I'm glad this one did.

Nov 11, 2019 07:40 AM #15
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Love it when people plan in advance, like playing chess with someone who is 8-10 steps ahead, Endre

Nov 11, 2019 10:40 PM #16
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Ellis certainly had an impressive record of achievement that served us well!


Nov 12, 2019 07:25 AM #17
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