Frederick G. Ellingham, Jr.
Frederick G. Ellingham, Jr. was born in April 16,1923 and was a lifelong resident of Rye. His family lived at 50 Grapal Street. Frederick was a member of Christs Church and sang in the choir for eight years. He was a member of Port Chester Lodge, Order of Demolay, of which he had been a former master councilor. Before entering the service he was employed at. Dullards Defense Plant in Bridgeport, Conn. His father was a member of the Rye City Police force for over twenty years. He enlisted in 1943 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Frederick was a graduate of Rye High School, Class of 1940.
Pvt. Ellingham entered service on February 26, 1943. He received his basic training at Camp Swift, Texas, and Texas A & M College A. S. T. P. He went overseas to England in January 1944, and to the Invasion of France on D-Day.
He was a member of the
8th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division, the first unit to land on Utah Beach in Normandy on June 6, 1944. They then moved forward relieving the isolated 82d Airborne Division at Ste. Mere Eglise.
After their successful D-Day landing, the men of the Ivy division fought through the hedgerows of the Cotentin Peninsula before advancing to the critically important port of Cherbourg. The division was in continuous action during the period 6-28 June when the last resistance around Cherbourg was eliminated. During this period, the 4th Infantry Division sustained over 5,450 casualties and had over 800 men killed.
Frederick G. Ellingham, Jr. was killed in action on June 19, 1944 as the 8th Infantry Regiment was on the outskirts of Cherbourg its military objective after hitting the beach.
At a ceremony on April 6, 1945 at Fort Jay, Governors Island, N. Y. , Mrs. Frederick G. Ellingham was presented with the Bronze Star Medal awarded to her son, Pvt. Frederick G. Ellingham posthumously by direction of the President. The presentation was made by Col. G. S. Beuket, F. A. The citation was for heroic service in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in Normandy from June 6 to June 18, 1944.
Pvt. Frederick G. Ellingham Is buried in The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial (Plot F Row , Grave 19). The Cemetery is located in Colleville-sur-Mer, France on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 as the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II.
The cemetery site, at the north end of its half mile access road, covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,386 of our military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. On the Walls of the Missing, in a semicircular garden on the east side of the memorial, are inscribed 1,557 names. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified.
Battles of WWII : Cherbourg 6–30 June 1944