Hughlon Estes EllisCorbin Ellis Jr. looks at a photo of his late grandfather, Hughlon Estes Ellis. Corbin and his father were named after a friend of Hughlon’s who was killed at Pearl Harbor. By JAMIE PATTERSON
Behind every name, there is a story.
And the story behind Corbin Ellis’ name is one of patriotism, friendship and honor.
The 37-year-old Yazoo native was named after his grandfather’s best friend who was killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
And while December 7 remains “a date which will live in infamy,” for the Ellis family it also continues to inspire a quest for more details about the hero they were named after because of what happened on that tragic day.
Corbin’s grandfather, Hughlon Estes Ellis, served in the United States Navy during World War II.
“He didn’t talk about the war a whole lot,” Corbin said. “If he did, it was short and sweet. He was a quiet man who wasn’t big on conversation.”
Ellis was a cook on a supply ship that was actually headed toward Pearl Harbor before the deadly attack from Japanese forces.
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