To a man who led, not with rank but with the heart and soul that inspired men, regardless of their rank or station to greatness. I give my thanks. “When all seemed lost, just the presence of his leadership could bring the fighting spirit to the most hurt man.
“When he was lost, this nation, all of us as Marines lost not only a great leader, a great fighter, a great man; we all lost a great friend that had our backs in anything and everything. A warrior in every sense of the word, hard to find in today’s weakening society.
“You gave the ultimate sacrifice, and for your service and the man you were I am eternally grateful. It is my great honor to have served under you and for honoring me so I give my Purple Heart to show my complete respect and willingness to follow you to the end.
“Here’s to you Sergeant Major Joseph J. Ellis, for your service, your leadership, your greatness.
“This nation owes you its very soul. Thank you.
“LCpl Justin B. Norris,
BLT 2/4 Fox Co 2nd PLT “