Henry Talmage Elrod

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Henry Talmage “Hammerin’ Hank” Elrod was born in Turner County, Georgia back in 1905. He attended the University of Georgia and Yale before joining the United States Marine Corps in 1927. He spent a year at the Marine Corps Basic School in Philadelphia as a student aviator. In 1935, he earned his wings and was transferred to the Marine Corps Base Quantico serving until 1938 as the squadron’s school personnel and welfare officer.

On December 4, 1941, he flew to Wake Island. Just 8 days later he became the first man to sink a warship, the Japanese destroyer Kisaragi. After the destruction of all the U.S. on Wake Island he organized the remaining troops into a beach defense unit which repulsed repeated Japanese attacks. He was killed in action on December 23, 1941 while protecting his men who were carrying ammunition to a gun replacement. He is interred at the Arlington National Cemetery.

What you may not know about Henry is that he was the first aviator to receive the Medal of Honor for his heroism in the defense of Wake Island.

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

Good morning, James Dray another fantastic war hero story..... such an honor to be buried at Arlington.... I've visited Ar;ington National Cemetery.... solemn and changing of the guard is spectacular. 

Nov 12, 2019 02:23 AM #1
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Great story which makes us proud of our fighting Americans!  Thanks for this lesson in military history!

Nov 12, 2019 03:45 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - thank you for sharing this story.  Another reminder of the sacrifices of those who have served our country.

Nov 12, 2019 04:33 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Thanks for sharing. One message I got is "don't mess with Hank"! Enjoy your day!

Nov 12, 2019 04:40 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning James Dray - another great American who gave his life to defend us.

Nov 12, 2019 05:04 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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What a wonderful story of someone who contributed to America's freedom.  He deserved that medal of honor. A

Nov 12, 2019 05:51 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Good morning again James. What an impressive guy and sad story of his demise.

Nov 12, 2019 05:51 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like he was a lean, mean and green killing machine, haha.  I have never been a fan of war, but I guess it is a necessary evil in this world.

Nov 12, 2019 05:54 AM #8
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Indeed, I did not know any of this, James... then again, I have no pretensions to knowing much about military history. A brave man, to say the least.

Nov 12, 2019 06:01 AM #9
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

The sacrifices of our ancestors were many and hopefully, someday we will have peace throughout the world.

Stay warm.

Nov 12, 2019 07:15 AM #10
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

This would have been fitting for me to have read yesterday on Veterans Day!!


Nov 12, 2019 07:23 AM #11
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

We really had oustanding fighter pilots and still do!

Nov 12, 2019 07:30 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI James- now this man was a HERO!!! Love stories like this. 

Nov 12, 2019 09:03 AM #13
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Another Marine, who knew what he was fighting for and worthy to be called a hero. Thank you for sharing.

Nov 12, 2019 12:47 PM #14
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Truly...Henry Talmage Elrod was a hero.

Nov 12, 2019 02:10 PM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

What a story of patriotism & courage under fire. Henry was a true hero & trailblazer for others to follow.

Nov 12, 2019 02:34 PM #16
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the history of another great American.  A true hero.

Nov 12, 2019 08:14 PM #17
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

What a wonderful story of heroism! Thanks for sharing 

Nov 13, 2019 04:20 AM #18
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow James,  You came up with another great history lesson for us his in the rain.  Make it a great day!


Nov 14, 2019 07:52 AM #19
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I did not know that Henry Talmage “Hammerin’ Hank” Elrod was the first aviator to receive the Medal of Honor for his heroism in the defense of Wake Island.

Nov 14, 2019 12:52 PM #20
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