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Edwin Oliver ELLINGBOE

Edwin Oliver ELLINGBOE

Male 1910 - 1969  (58 years)

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  • Name Edwin Oliver ELLINGBOE 
    Born 26 Jul 1910  New Market Twp, Scott County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Closeness to Ove Ovesen
    Confirmation 20 Jun 1926  West Christiania Lutheran Church, New Market Twp, Scott County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Minnesota Death Certificate 1969-MN-006177 
    Occupation USAF 
    Social Security Number SS# 474 05 9761 issued in MN before 1951 
    Died 24 Mar 1969  Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Veterans Hospital
    Buried 26 Mar 1969  Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Section O, Site 575
    Notes 
    • Seems to have gone by the name Oliver, at least at the time he graduated from high school in 1930. A commemorative plaque apparently given to each of the nine graduates shows “E. Oliver Ellingboe.”

      He is listed twice in the 1930 census: at home with his parents and as a farm laborer lodging with the Raymond Hussong family on their farm in Alba Twp, Jackson County, Minnesota.

      In the 1940 census, he is living at home in New Market with his parents and siblings. He was a high school graduate and was employed as a mechanic.

      Registered for the draft in Shakopee on 16 Oct 1940. He claimed to be self-employed and living with his parents at 2 Lakeville in New Market. The registration card shows that he was inducted on May 4, 1941.

      From a write-up of “Old Timer” W.O. Edwin O. Ellingboe in the North Star Guardian, sometime in 1961:

      It was May, 1941, when WO Edwin O. “Ellie” Ellingboe, ABRON’s Motor Vehicle Maintenance Officer, volunteered for the draft. Just after Pearl Harbor, he joined th 109th at Esler Field, Louisiana, and went overseas to southern England where he spent 22 months in training.

      June 1944 marks the invasion of Europe. The 109th crossed the channel to France during the night in Liberty ships. From Ellie’s ship, trucks were unloaded onto barges to make the landing. Ellie boarded the last barge where he discovered he was the ranking NCOIC. He recalls, “While we were in the channel, both the outboard motors on our barge quit and we started drifting. To make matters worse, we were under attack from German aircraft. Finally, we got the motors started and made our landing. I waited for the last truck to be unloaded. By that time, we were separated from the rest of our squadron so we bunked under the truck until morning when we joined the rest of our outfit.”

      At first, Ellie and his men were located at a front line air strip near St. Lo (No. A-9 for the benefit of the other Old-Timers). From there, he continued to move through France with the 109th. “I’ll never forget my first morning in Versailles. I woke up to find a dead Jerry lying almost beside me,” remembers Ellie.

      Next came Paris, then a move to Gosselies, Belgium {a part of the Belgian town of Charleroi} - about 35 miles from the Battle of the Bulge. During the winter of 1944, his outfit was on the receiving end of several German bombing raids, including a few attacks by V-1s.

      “One evening,” remembers Ellie, “three crippled bombers with full bomb loads landed at our base and skidded into a stockpile of petroleum drums. The crew members got out O.K. but the resulting fire set off all the bombs. That was the best Fourth of July celebration I’ve ever seen.”

      The 109th was at Eschwagen, Germany, when the war ended. German aircraft literally poured into the field to surrender rather than land at Russian-held bases.

      Next, the 109th was re-assigned to the China-Burma-India theatre of operations. But all those who had sufficient service time (including Ellie) were transferred to non-combat organizations. Ellie spent a short time with the 155th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, then reassigned to the States where he was discharged at Camp McCoy in March, 1947. Ellie joined the Guard as an Air Technician.

      South Minneapolis residents, Ellie and his wife, Ann, have two daughters, 10 and 7. Fishing and reading are Ellie’s pastimes.

      Service Number 37028396

      Served in the US military in World War II. Enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in May of 1941. Trained at Esler Field, Louisiana, in the 109th Observation Squadron. Assigned to inactive reserve in October of 1941. Recalled to active duty January 28th, 1942 (entered active duty in April). Unit renamed 109th Tactical Reconnaisance Squadron and was in England, Scotland, France, Belgium, and Germany, as part of the Ninth Air Force, until October, 1945.

      He arrived back in New York aboard the Queen Mary on September 28, 1945, as a SSgt in the Army Air Corps. The personnel roster shows that the group was destined for Reception Station No. 16 at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin.

      In the 1948 Minneapolis city directory, he was was Edwin O Ellingboe, auto repairman, National Guard Air Base in St. Paul. He resided at 3011 32nd Avenue S.

      In the 1950 St. Paul city directory, he was Edwin O, auto repair, National Guard Air Base. He resided in Minneapolis.

      Height 5' 4.5", Weight 135 lbs.

      Died of heart disease at the age of 58. First heart attack at age 51 in February of 1962.

      Not listed in the index of Minnesota births.

      For some reason, SSDI gives his death date as 15 Apr 1969.

      He was buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Columbaria Section O, row O, grave 575. Rank: CWO, USAF
    Person ID I3237  Don Carlson's Tree
    Last Modified 12 Dec 2017 

    Father Ole Oveson ELLINGBOE,   b. 25 Sep 1875, Vang i Valdres, Oppland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1948, Sanford Hospital, Farmington, Dakota County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Rose Mathilda THOMPSON,   b. 25 Jan 1890, Frederick, Brown County, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1976, Edina, Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 12 Feb 1910  Ward Twp, Todd County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2159  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anna Terésia JONSSON, (Johnson),   b. 25 Jul 1914, Brunflo, Jämtlands län, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 2007, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 22 Nov 1947  Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Last Modified 11 Jan 2010 
    Family ID F55  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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