Hannibal Heritage Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recognized John Mack, who served with the United States Navy Reserve YN3, as their October Patriot of the Month.

Hannibal Heritage Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recognized John Mack, who served with the United States Navy Reserve YN3, as their October Patriot of the Month.

John Mack was raised on his great-grandparents’ family farm, attended eight years at a country school and graduated from high school. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from his local community college and then his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Missouri.

Mack shared his account of his military service:

“The standard program for the Naval Reserve was to drill every Monday night for a year,” Mack said. “Also during that year, we attended boot camp at Great Lakes, Ill., and took a training cruise at Norfolk, Va.”

“After a year of Monday night drilling, I was then issued active duty orders to the USS Leonard F. Mason (DD-852) which was on the gun line in the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam. From 15 October 1970 until September 1971, I served aboard the Mason in the Republic of Vietnam,” he said.

“After returning to the states and spending time in my home town on leave, I returned to San Diego to prepare for another Western Pacific cruise to Vietnam,” Mack said.

“My father’s heart attack short-circuited that plan. I was then re-assigned to work as a Mast Yeoman at the Transient Personnel Unit at Great Lakes, Illinois, Naval Station. On 13 August 1972, I was discharged to an inactive reserve status and on 2 August 1976, I received an honorable discharge from the service,” he said.

Mack received the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Defense Medal and a Letter of Accommodation from Lieutenant Commander Older for meritorious service as Mast Yeoman while at Great Lakes, Ill.

Mack’s professional career included 27 years with the Missouri Department of Conservation — five years as a fisheries biologist, 10 years as a wildlife land management biologist and 12 years as a private lands services wildlife biologist. He then worked 10 years for the Natural Resources Conservation Service as a soil conservationist/wildlife biologist.

Mack has served in the Lions Club and on the Ralls County Extension Council. He joined the church in 1961 and has served in various capacities in several churches throughout his life. He is currently a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He has been married for 44 years to his wife, Carolyn. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Hannibal Heritage Daughters of the American Revolution are very proud and honored to recognize John Mack Ellis as Patriot of the Month for his patriotic and dedicated service to the great nation of the United States of America.