Elmer K. Follis, Jr.



Preferred Name:
Elmer

Nickname/Call Sign:

Date of Birth: October 6, 1928

Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Biography

“During the Korean Conflict I had the opportunity to meet and brief the President of the United States, Dwight Eisenhower. He visited my airplane and talked to me, one on one, for several minutes.
In Vietnam I flew fighter missions, in support of America’s ground forces, both Army and Marines alike. And we tried to do a good job, beccause you know the average age of the American solider in Vietnam was 19. You had teenagers fighting the war on the ground, most of them, in Vietnam. So you wanted to make sure you supported them with close air support.
The thing I’m most proud of is supporting those Army and Marine forces in Vietnam. One mission in Vietnam we saved 900 people. On one mission. And to do that mission we had to fly through a typhoon four times. Those 900 people came home. Let’s say they each had 4 children. That’s 3600 children that would not have been born if we didn’t fly that mission… Just think of the generations, you quadruple that number. A couple years from now there will be millions of Americans walking the Earth who would have never been born if we didn’t fly that mission.”(1)
Col. Elmer Follis, Jr. has lived a life stocked with purpose, valor, and honor. As a pilot for the U.S. Air Force, he flew 400 combat missions in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In 1967 he was assigned to a F-100 squadron as operations officer, where he flew close air support, interdiction, and landing zone preparation for friendly helicopters. His  squadron saved thousands of U.S. lives. (2)
(1) Excerpted from an interview with host Host Jamaia Chase on Germantown HS Television. See the full video under Elmer’s Video tab
(2) source:https://www.memphis-umc.net/eventdetail/brown-bag-lunch-speaker-fighter-pilot-elmer-follis-jr-germantown-umc-germantown-tn-12411598

Units Assigned

  • 1957-1960 45th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Kadena, Okinawa (F-100)
  • 1960-1963 356th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Myrtle Beach, SC (F-100)
  • 1964-1967 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron, RAF Woodbridge, England (F-100)
  • 1967-1968 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Phu Cat AB , Vietnam (F-100)
  • 1982 Retired USAF

Awards & Decorations

Distinguished Flying Cross

Flight Info

F-100

Military Education

Civilian Education

  • Tech Hight Scholl, Memphis
  • Studied Business Administration/Management, Memphis State University (Summa Cum Laude)

    Colonel Elmer Follis

    Biography

    Biography

    “During the Korean Conflict I had the opportunity to meet and brief the President of the United States, Dwight Eisenhower. He visited my airplane and talked to me, one on one, for several minutes.
    In Vietnam I flew fighter missions, in support of America’s ground forces, both Army and Marines alike. And we tried to do a good job, beccause you know the average age of the American solider in Vietnam was 19. You had teenagers fighting the war on the ground, most of them, in Vietnam. So you wanted to make sure you supported them with close air support.
    The thing I’m most proud of is supporting those Army and Marine forces in Vietnam. One mission in Vietnam we saved 900 people. On one mission. And to do that mission we had to fly through a typhoon four times. Those 900 people came home. Let’s say they each had 4 children. That’s 3600 children that would not have been born if we didn’t fly that mission… Just think of the generations, you quadruple that number. A couple years from now there will be millions of Americans walking the Earth who would have never been born if we didn’t fly that mission.”(1)
    Col. Elmer Follis, Jr. has lived a life stocked with purpose, valor, and honor. As a pilot for the U.S. Air Force, he flew 400 combat missions in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In 1967 he was assigned to a F-100 squadron as operations officer, where he flew close air support, interdiction, and landing zone preparation for friendly helicopters. His  squadron saved thousands of U.S. lives. (2)
    (1) Excerpted from an interview with host Host Jamaia Chase on Germantown HS Television. See the full video under Elmer’s Video tab
    (2) source:https://www.memphis-umc.net/eventdetail/brown-bag-lunch-speaker-fighter-pilot-elmer-follis-jr-germantown-umc-germantown-tn-12411598

    Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

    Units Assigned

    • 1957-1960 45th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Kadena, Okinawa (F-100)
    • 1960-1963 356th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Myrtle Beach, SC (F-100)
    • 1964-1967 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron, RAF Woodbridge, England (F-100)
    • 1967-1968 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Phu Cat AB , Vietnam (F-100)
    • 1982 Retired USAF

    Awards & Decorations

    Distinguished Flying Cross

    Flight Info

    F-100

    Military Education

    Civilian Education

    • Tech Hight Scholl, Memphis
    • Studied Business Administration/Management, Memphis State University (Summa Cum Laude)
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