Virtual Museum: Iraq War

Those Who Served

Elliot McKenzie

Elliot McKenzie in his Marine dress blues prior to performing the National Anthem at an event in Los Angeles.

Elliott McKenzie is an Iraq War veteran who served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Just five days after graduating from high school, McKenzie entered the service. He served in the 1st Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team, Presidential Security Duty, and infantry operations. In 2005 McKenzie deployed to Ramadi, Iraq, with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines as a rifleman. In 2006 he deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit to Okinawa, Japan. 

After being honorably discharged from the Marines in 2007, McKenzie pursued his dream of earning a college degree and launching a career in the music industry. He was the first person in his family to earn a bachelor’s degree. As a professional singer/songwriter, McKenzie has used music as therapy for veterans with PTSD. To learn more about his work with veterans, visit

On the Battle Ground

Elliot McKenzie on a training exercise at Camp Pendleton.
Elliot McKenzie practices at the rifle range at Camp Pendleton.