Ellery Joseph Lynn with his dog
National Guard Veteran Snapshots

Veteran Snapshots – Ellery Joseph Lynn

January 10, 2019

Ellery Joseph Lynn is featured in today’s Veteran Snapshots post. The photographs shown below only contained his name and a few handwritten notes. However, the information was enough to begin to piece together his story.

Ellery Joseph Lynn was born 27 August 1914 in Pennsylvania, the son of Ellery Thomas Lynn and Anna Marie Quinn. He had three known brothers: Howard, Clayton, and Paul, and one sister: Grace Louise Lynn.

“Joe” enlisted with the Michigan National Guard, at the age of 18, on 11 July 1933. And according to the National Guard Register of 1961, his service dates are as follows:

  • 11 July 1933 – 14 May 1935
  • 19 June 1935 – 6 November 1935
  • 25 December 1935 – 10 July 1936
  • 21 September 1936 – 3 July 1937
  • 14 June 1940 – 6 April 1941
  • F-7 April 1941 – 11 May 1945
  • 2 LT FA 12 May 1945 – 26 November 1945
  • ORC FA 2 LT 10 November 1945 – 8 June 1947
  • 1 LT FA 3 April 1947
  • CAPT 17 June 1949

While stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, Ellery married Bernice Witkowski. They were wed by Army Chaplain Hubert A. Mains on 28 February 1942.

Ellery Joseph Lynn & Bernice Witkowski Marriage Record

Joe and Bernice had two daughters.

Bernice passed away on 24 April 1998 at the age of 82 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.

While no obituary was found for Ellery, a listing for him appears in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery database indicating that he died on 5 March 1969.

Although few records were found in the initial search, we will continue to conduct more research. With a few more pictures left in his collection, look for another post in the future featuring more of his military career.

Photos from the collection of Ellery “Joe” Lynn

Veteran Snapshots is a feature that showcases snapshots and photographs taken by veterans through the years. This unique view allows us to see the veteran’s war experience through his or her own eyes. These photographs are part of our own collection, purchased (although we argue the word is rescued) from antique stores and online sellers. Many of the photographs are not labeled with any information, but our goal is to find details within each photo that will help to identify the subjects, and reconnect the photographs to family members.

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  • 1920 U.S. census, Cambria, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Patton, enumeration district (ED) 214, p. 1B (penned), dwelling 14, family 15, Elery Lynn Sr household; digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 31 December 2018); citing NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 1546.
  • U.S., Select Military Registers, 1862-1985. [online database with images] Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 31 December 2018); National Guard Register, Army 1961 entry for Lynn, Ellery J.; citing United States Military Registers, 1902-1985, Salem, Oregon, Oregon State Library.
  • Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805-2002. [online database with images] Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 31 December 2018); entry for Elery Joeseph Lynn and Bernice Witkowski, marriage 27 Feb 1942; citing Missouri State Archives microfilm.
  • Death Notices. The Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan). [online database with images] Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 9 Jan 2019); entry for Bernice Lynn; Friday 1 May 1998, p: 18, col: 4.
  • Mt. Elliott Cemetery Association. [database online] (www.mtelliott.com/genealogy/ : accessed 31 December 2018); entry for Ellery Lynn, 5 March 1969, Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

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