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Louis Brainerd Ely
Colonel, United States Army
On 7 September 1950, Far East Command organized the Special Activities Group (SAG) and appointed Colonel Louis B. Ely to command the new unit. The 1st Raider Company became one of the group’s units. The other units were: 41st Royal Marine Commando and the "UK and the Royal Navy Volunteer Group."The Raider Company was disbanded in April 1951 when Department of the Army deactivated all "Ranger and Ranger-type units."

He is the son of Major General Hanson Edward Ely.

Colonel Louis Brainerd Ely

Born May 23, 1899 in the Philippines
Died May 3, 1986

Cadet United States Military Academy 1917-19
Graduated as No. 6291, Class of 1919

Second Lieutenant 1919
First Lieutenant 1923
Captain 1935
Major 1940
Lieutenant Colonel (Army of the United States) 1941
Colonel (Army of the United States) 1942
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, 1942
Colonel, United States Army, 1948

Served with 2nd Field Artillery until 1931
Student Officer, Tank School 1931-32
Battery Commander, Fort Benning 1932-33
Battery Commander, Maxwell Field 1933-35
Student Officer, Air Corps Tactical School 1935-36
Student, Command & General Staff School 1936-37
Instructor, 108th Field Artillery 1937-41
Assistant G-3 & G-2 & Instructor Scouts and Raiders, HQ. Section A, Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet 1941-43
Director of Training Assault Center, Bideford (England) 1943-44
Student, Army-Navy Staff College 1944
Assistant Chief of Staff G-2 (Intelligence), 10th US.Army & Commander 54th Service Group 1944-46
Assistant G-2 (Intelligence), Army Ground Forces & Chief of Intelligence Division, G-2 Section 1946-49
Chief, Civilian Components Division, G-1 (Personnel) Division, Army General Staff 1949-50
Commander, Special Activities Group (Far East Command) 1950-51
Retired 1953
Legion of Merit - Army Commendation Ribbon

New York, New York – September 22, 1949 


Mrs. Dorothy Chamberlain Ely, wife of Colonel Louis B. Ely, USA, of Fort Monroe, Virginia, and daughter of Colonel Fred V. S. Chamberlain, USA, retired, of this city, died yesterday in the Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C., after a brief illness at the age of 49.  Besides her husband and parents, she leaves a son, Louis B. Ely, Jr. of Millis, Massachusetts; a brother, Fred S. Chamberlain of this city and a granddaughter.  Colonel Ely is a son of Major General Hanson E. Ely, USA, retired of Washington

Webmaster: Michael Robert Patterson

LB Ely Gravesite PHOTO
Photo By Michael Robert Paterson, 1999

DATE OF BIRTH: 08/03/1900
DATE OF DEATH: 09/21/1949

Posted: 24 December 2001 Updated: 13 January 2002 Updated: 5 March 2003 Updated: 17 October 2007
US Military Academy (West Point) SEAL

Legion of Merit

LB Ely gravesite PHOTO October 2007
Photo By: M. R. Patterson, October 2007