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Elijah G. Tollett IV


Major Elijah Goar Tollett IV (Aug. 30, 1930 - Jan. 12, 1966) was originally from Crossville, Tennessee. He was the son of E.G. Tollett, III who was an attorney/judge/legislator in the city of Crossville, Cumberland County, Tennessee. His grandfather, E.G. Tollett, Jr was Lt. Governor of the State of Tennessee and Judge of The Oklahoma Territory. His great-grandfather, Elijah Gore Tollett was raised in the Sequatchie Valley, Tennessee and moved to Crossville, TN. He attended the University of Tennessee and Tennessee Tech at Cookeville, Prior to entering the Air Force in 1951. He received his commission in 1952. Prior to his assignment to Southeast Asia in August 1964, he had served six years with the Air Weather service in California. While in Southeast Asia, he was assigned to the 13 Bombardment Squadron, where he served a navigator on the B-57 Canberra.

He served in the United States Air Force, in 13th Bomber Squadron, 6252nd Tactical Fighter Wing, 13th Air Force. He was a 14-year veteran of the Air Force when his tour began in Vietnam. On January 12, 1966, Maj. Tollett was killed when his plane crashed under non-hostile conditions in Quang Nam province, South Vietnam; he was 35 years old at the time of his death. Maj. Tollett is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, 35, 1437, and is memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 4E, Line 68.

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  • Rank: Major
  • Branch: Air Force
  • Hometown: Crossville