Eddie Elmore graduated from Cottondale High School in 1997, where he left his home two hours after receiving his diploma to join the Marines. Elmore said, “So the night I graduated, I jumped into the recruiter’s car and we took off to Parris Island, South Carolina.” Elmore says it was the right decision for him and prepared him for the life he has today.
Elmore was in Parris Island for the normal three-month boot camp. He came home on leave for 10 days and was then sent to Camp Geiger, where Elmore completed his infantry training. Elmore said, “I was a reservist then and reported to the reserves in the 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company in Mobile.” Elmore spent some time with the 3rd Force and then went to Lima Company 3/23, which is an infantry company. This was all reserve time at the time.
Elmore said, “In 1999, being in the Reserves you get called up for different types of active duty training and active duty operations. I got called up for ‘Operation Cornerstone’ in Albania/ Kosovo in the Balkans in 1999. I spent a couple of weeks over there doing security operations for NATO and the security forces to help support Albanian construction. Of course, after 9-11 everybody that wore a uniform pretty much got deployed at some point. I was attached to the 1st Marine Division in Task Force Tarawa, in Iraq in ’03 during the invasion. I went over there and did about eight months deployment to Iraq, I was in the Reserves then but got called back to active duty and got attached to the 1st Marine Division for the invasion. We were the second wave invasion force. I made it all the way up to Baghdad doing operations during my deployment in Iraq.”
Elmore got out of the Marines after returning from Iraq, where he worked for the Department of Children and Family Services as a child abuse investigator, Elmore said, “During that time, I applied with the Highway Patrol and got accepted into the Highway Patrol Training Academy in December of ’04 and started working with FHP and been here ever since.”
When asked if the Marines helped prepare him for where he is now, Elmore was quick to say, “Absolutely. Not only do I think it prepared me because coming out of high school, you need direction. I come from a very strict upbringing, so if I hadn’t of gone into the Marine Corps to further that discipline then I honestly think, I would’ve been in trouble. I would’ve been in big trouble. I don’t think it would’ve kept me on the track I’m on now. Because, not only in the Marine Corps you have to be able to focus on a mission, but you have to be able to accept orders and to become a follower before you can become a leader. All good followers who are good leaders start as good followers.”
Elmore graduated from Chipola College in 2000 and from there he transferred to Troy State University where he graduated in 2003 with a degree in criminal justice and a minor in sociology.
Eddie is married to Keely Elmore, and they have two daughters Rylee Elmore and Allie Hinson. Allie is currently a student at Chipola College majoring in education. Rylee is a seventh grader at Marianna Middle School, where she is a cheerleader.