General Larry Ellis: Top 10 Cool Facts

He was a respected Army leader and is an excellent businessman… General Larry Ellis embodies the term Leading From The Front.

General Larry Ellis

We will look at this Army General whose demeanor and perseverance commanded respect from both peers and subordinates.

Here are the top 10 cool facts about General Larry Ellis.

#1: Birth

Larry Ellis was born in Cambridge, Maryland in 1946.

#2: Education

Living in Maryland, Larry attended Morgan State University in Baltimore where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education in 1969. During his time at Morgan State, Ellis was also a member of the National Society of Pershing Rifles ( a drill team).

After graduation, Ellis was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.

He completed Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1969 and Infantry Officer Advanced Course in 1974.

In the 70’s, Larry attended Indiana State University and attained a Masters of Science degree in Physical Education in 1975.

In 1979, he attended the Armed Forces Staff College, and in 1986, the United States Army War College.

#3: Vietnam

As a young officer, Ellis was deployed to Vietnam where he gained leadership experience and learned about how war can effect soldiers.

#4: Staff Positions Held

Larry held many staff positions in the Army. They included:

  • Battalion Operations Officer, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg
  • Battalion Staff Officer, 101st Airborne Division, Vietnam
  • Staff and Faculty, U.S. Military Academy, West Point
  • Staff Officer, Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe, Germany
  • Force Structure Analyst and Chief, Manpower and Force Structure Division, Program Analysis and Evaluation Directorate, Office of Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Department of the Army
  • Deputy Director, Military Personnel Management, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters, Department of the Army
  • Deputy Director for Strategic Planning and Policy, Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command, Hawaii
  • Assistant Chief of Staff, C-3/J-3/G-3, United Nations Command/ Combined Forces Command/U.S. Forces Korea/Eighth U.S. Army, Korea
  • Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters, Department of the Army
  • and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans

#5: Commands

The commands Ellis held during his many years with the United States Army include:

  • Company Commander 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC
  • Company Commander, 101st Airborne Division, Vietnam
  • Battalion Commander, 5th Infantry Division, Fort Polk, LA
  • Brigade Commander, 3rd Infantry Division, Germany
  • Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Infantry Division, Korea
  • Multinational Division (North), Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • and 1st Armored Division, Germany

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#6: Time Served

General Larry Ellis served from 1969 to 2004.

#7: Awards

When speaking of awards, General Ellis had a lot of weight on his chest when displaying his awards. They include:

  • the Defense Distinguished Service Medal,
  • the Army Distinguished Service Medal,
  • and the Defense Superior Service Medal,
  • the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters,
  • the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters,
  • plus the Air Medal,
  • the Army Commendation Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster,
  • the National Defense Service Medal with three stars,
  • and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal,
  • the Vietnam Service Medal with three stars,
  • the Armed Forces Service Medal,
  • and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry/Palm,
  • the Korean Cheonsu Medal,
  • the German Armed Forces Honor Cross (Gold),
  • and the NATO Medal,
  • the Combat Infantryman Badge,
  • and the Senior Parachutist Badge.


While General Colin Powell was the first African American to Command the United States Army Forces Command, General Ellis was the 2nd. He commanded FORSCOM from 2001 to 2004. During that time, He coordinated the deployment of over 500,000 soldiers from 2001 to 2004, as well as the shipment of more than a million tons of equipment.

#9: General Ellis Quote

It is a quote I love that General Ellis said when asked about his future plans when he was retiring:

I am sprinting to the finish line, moving 101 miles per hour, and have not slowed to consider what I will do following retirement.”

Are you sprinting to the finish line?

#10: General Larry Ellis Now

General Ellis is now the CEO of Point Blank Enterprises which was formerly DHB Industries Inc. Point Blank designs and manufacturers body armor. The company is headquartered in Pompano Beach, Florida and you can visit their website at

Final Thoughts

He was a leader of leaders and upon closer inspection, it seems General Ellis completely retired as I do not see his name in the executive leadership of Point Blank.

General Ellis, if you are reading this, we, at Part Time Commander would like to give you a heart-felt thanks for your many years of service.

It was a JOB WELL DONE SIR! Any comments can be left below. Thank you.

I would like to also add that we would like to help you “sprint to the finish line.”

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About The Author

Greg Boudonck is a full time freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He served in the United States Army in the early 1980’s and enjoys writing about military subjects. You can see Greg’s books on Amazon by searching his name and you can also visit his website at

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