HILLSBORO, Ind. — An Indiana veteran and farmer who loves to read mail is getting ready to celebrate his 100th birthday!
Ernest Newkirk Ellis was born on February 26, 1917. He grew up in Hillsboro, Indiana before joining the U.S. Navy at the age of 22.
Ellis served on the Destroyers USS Decatur and USS McNair from October 1939 to December 1945.
He was a Chief Yeoman (Petty Officer), known in the Navy as “Chief.” These are the men and women who make everything work on a ship.
He received multiple awards during his service including the American Defense Medal; American Campaign Medal; European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal; Philippine Liberation Medal; and Good Conduct Medal.
Ellis returned home to Hillsboro after serving in the war where he farmed for 60 years.
He had a fully operational farm for many years with a dairy operation, cattle, pigs, and grain. As the farming …