Elkin's assigned unit was unknown, but he mostly likely held the rank of Private.
He landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day of June 6th,1944 as part of Operation Overlord. Just after landing on the beach, Elkin was hit by a German MG-42 from the coastal bunker. His wounds are so severe that his intestines became exposed from his abdomen. He was torn by machine gun bullets. He could only lay in horrific agony and cry out for his mother among the carnage and chaos around him. Elkin perished shortly afterwards as he was mortally wounded to the point where he was beyond saving.