Mr. Thomas Ellis
Thomas Ellis, was born in San Antonio on June 29, 1920 as the
oldest of four children. He graduated from the Phyllis Wheatley High
School in 1936 at the age of 15, and entered Sam Houston College
in Austin, Texas.
In June 1942, after being married for only six months, Mr.Ellis was
drafted into the Army. Following basic training at Camp Lee,
Virginia, Mr. Ellis was transferred to the Army Air Corps.
On completion of the Administrative Clerk training program in
October 1942, Mr. Ellis was reassigned to Tuskegee Army Air Field
as the only enlisted member in the Orderly Room (Admin Office) of
the newly activated 301st Fighter Squadron. He participated in the
332nd Fighter Group transfer to Taranto, Italy under (then) Colonel
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., and moves to Salerno, Montecorvino, Anzio,
Foggia, Naples and Rome, being awarded seven Battle Stars before
his discharge as a Sergeant Major in September 1945.
Following his discharge, Mr. Ellis returned to San Antonio, serving
as a mail carrier in a career spanning 35 years. Mr. Ellis’ early love
of music was shown in starting and leading the “Tom Ellis Jazz
Quintet”; playing in the San Antonio area for over 25 years.
Mr. Ellis and his wife of over 60 years, Janie, still reside in San