Welcome to the BM1 James
Elliott Williams Memorial Web Site.
This web site is in remembrance of the most highly decorated
United States Naval Sailor of the Vietnam War
and the highest decorated Enlisted Sailor in the history of the United States Navy.
BM1 James Elliott Williams
Born November 13, 1930
Died October 13, 1999
It is with the deepest sadness that I inform you that at 0100 (local time), Wednesday, October 13, 1999 our shipmate and friend, Elliott Williams died of complications in his sleep in South Carolina. A true hero in the Brown Water Navy, Elliott remained a strong and positive force for our common good long after the war ended. In a speech given on July 19, 1918, Theodore Roosevelt said, "There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only hundred percent Americanism." Elliott was one hundred percent Americanism. I will miss my friend and comrade very deeply, but I will pick up his torch and continue his struggles and I hope you will do the same. Our prayers go out to Elaine and Elliott's family.
Sincerely, Chester Smith, Capt, USN (Ret)