HUACHUCA CITY, Ariz. — 1SG Ellis S. Warren, Sr., U.S. Army (ret.), died on May 30, 2020, at his home in Huachuca City of lung cancer.
He was born on January 3, 1930, in Waterbury and was raised in Watertown. His parents were the late John “Jack” and Jeannette Warren.
He was drafted in the U.S. Army in January 1955 and retired in July 1978 with the rank of 1SG E-8. He served one tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam.
During a battle with the Viet Cong on January 31, 1967, while serving as assistant troop advisor with the 3rd Troop, 2nd Armored Cavalry Squadron, his unit was assaulting a heavily entrenched Viet Cong battalion. He placed himself on top of an armored personnel carrier in order to locate and direct the fire of his vehicle against the Viet Cong position.
He moved his vehicle through the line of fire to rescue friendly casualties and brought the injured men to an area where they could be picked up by a helicopter.
After he again spotted a Viet Cong squad moving through a wooded area, he located himself atop his vehicle to once again direct fire at the enemy.
Sgt. Warren’s courage and complete disregard for his safety had a tremendous morale effect on the Viet Cong troops and led to their ultimate defeat. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with “V” device for heroism.
SFC Warren’s heroic action, while in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army, reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
1SG Warren leaves behind his wife, Cecelia “Sheilee,” of more than 40 years, and his former wife, Mary Metzer, a kindred spirit, of Paris, Ky. He is survived by his loving children, four sons and three daughters: Ellis S. Warren, Jr., of Parker, Colo., John Warren of Topock, Ariz., David Warren (Lisa) of Allendale, Mich., Glen Warren (Samantha) of Boise, Idaho, Karen Rice (Mark) of Versailles, Ky., Kathleen Fitzgerald (Bob) of Maplewood, Minn., and Karlene Warren (Edward) of North Middletown, Ky.
Ellis, Sr., leaves behind three brothers and two sisters: John Warren of Lawrence, Mass., James Warren of Naugatuck, Charles Warren (Anita) of Huachuca City, Sharon Dube of Bristol and Marie Warren of Elkins, W.Va. He is survived by 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by son James Warren (Denise) of Langly, Canada; beloved daughter, Roxanne; grandson Josh Rice, and granddaughter Gail Lytle; brothers, Lewis (Marie), Eugene (Ann), George (Susan); beloved sister, Elizabeth; brother-in-law Brendon Dube; beloved sisters-in-law, Nan and Geraldine, and many nephews, nieces, cousins, too many to list, as well as his lifelong boyhood friend, Paul Garceau.
1SG Warren was highly decorated with many awards and citations, as well as countless commendation letters from his superiors. He was an advisor to Gen. Westmoreland in Vietnam. He was an instructor at Fort Knox, Ky.
Among his awards were the Meritorious Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and Meritorious Unit Citation.
Burial with full military honors will be conducted at Fort Huachuca cemetery at a later date.