Leadership: LtCol Earl 'Pete' Ellis

The Destiny of Pete Ellis
By Col David H. Wagner - Originally Published June 1976

"His is heart was dauntless and full of courage," reads the plaque at Quantico commemorating LtCol Earl Ellis, LtCol USMC, who died in the Japanese mandated island of Koror, the Caroline Islands on 12 May 1922; and has since become the most mysterious man in Marine Corps history.

What is the mystery surrounding the death of a Marine Corps officer in the Japanese mandated Caroline Islands in the 1920's? Why did the official State Department death message refer to him as a civilian representative of a San Francisco export firm?... To continue reading, please click here.


The Far Reach Of Confidence: An addendum to the strange life story of LtCol Earl H. 'Pete' Ellis
By Col Victor J. Croziat, USMC (Ret.) - Originally Published November 2001

Wind gusts lashed the trees of Ermenonville Forest north of Paris and pelted the solitary home on the open knoll with a cold, unfriendly rain. "I never did like fighting in this weather," remarked my host, Col Jean Teisseire,1 turning from the view windows to attend to the fire, "and neither did my father during his war. I suppose you found it better in the Pacific."

Our wives remained at the partially cleared dinner table deep in conversation. I poured two cognacs to complement the superb meal just ended, settled into an easy chair, and admitted, "The rain in the Pacific may have been warmer, but Mother Nature was never kind. Just ask any Marine who landed on Bougainville about rain and mud. And those who came ashore at Cape Gloucester fared no better... To continue reading, click here


The Unsolved Mystery of Pete Ellis
By LtCol P.N. Pierce - Originally Published February 1962

Twenty years before Pearl Harbor, the Marine officer who predicted the attack disappeared mysteriously, somewhere in the "forbidden islands" of the Pacific.

Behind him, he left one of the most amazing documets ever written - a secret study which forecast the events of World War II, still two decades in the future.

What happened to LtCol Pete Ellis, the master strategist and spy who waged a single-handed war against the Japanese Empire?

The answer, obscured by a veil of secrecy and intrigue-has baffled investigators for 38-years.

The curtain rose on the mystery of Pete Ellis during the summed of 1920. On the first day of July, John Archer Lejeune became the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps. Two weeks later Ellis was ordered to Washington... To continue reading, please click here.