Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1914-1918; World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: Civil Affairs Division; Headquarters Advance Section CZ G4
  • Location of Service: England; Normandy, France; Love Field, Dallas, Texas
  • Highest Rank: Major

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“The magnitude of it is beyond comprehension.” (Letter to Florence, Barbara, and Nancy, 6/14/1944)

The success of the Normandy invasion depended on the efforts of soldiers, sailors, Coast Guardsmen—and engineers. As a petroleum engineer, Major Ellsworth Dewitt Hill (known to his family as Dewey) tackled the problem of supplying an overseas invasion of historic size with the necessary amount of gasoline. Arriving in Normandy with the first wave of the advance section, Hill’s letters and military papers convey the effect of D-Day on all who took part, no matter what their role. In a letter to his family dated June 16th, 1944, “What can be said now can hardly do justice to what happened.”

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[ Officer's pay data card [1942] ]
[ Letter of commission [12/4/1942] ]
[ Travel orders [3/31/1943] ]
[ Orders from the Office of the Commanding General ]
[ Memo on reorganization and reassignment [4/13/1943] ]
[ Letter to Admiral Calvin Durgin [6/21/1943] ]

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[ Transcript of a telephone conversation [7/17/1943] ]
[ Transcript of telephone conversation [7/28/1943] ]
[ Transcript of telephone conversation [6/23/1943] ]
[ Memo from A. F. Carter to Admiral Durgin [7/24/1943] ]
[ Letter of Appreciation [7/26/1943] ]
[ Memo to Colonel I. K. Evans ]
[ Memo from Captain D. F. Gilbert [7/29/1943] ]
[ Undated memo from Colonel I. K. Evans ]
[ Memo from 1st Lt. Walter Swaybill [8/30/1943] ]
[ Memo from Colonel H. C. De la Bere [9/14/1943] ]
[ Memo from Major General James A. Ulio, Adjutant General [10/29/1943] ]
[ Memo from Lt. Col. H. W. McCobb [10/29/1943] ]
[ Announcement of temporary promotion [11/30/1943] ]
[ Announcement of temporary promotion [11/30/1943] ]
[ Request for a leave of four days [12/20/1943] ]
[ List of names of officers requesting leave of absence [12/23/1943] ]
[ Information for officers newly arrived in London ]
[ Movement Orders [1/21/1944] ]
[ Memo regarding leave of absence [1/25/1944] ]
[ Medical certification [1/31/1944] ]
[ Shipping ticket [1/31/1944] ]
[ Immunization waiver [1/31/1944] ]
[ Medical certification [2/22/1944] ]
[ Orders [3/1/1944] ]
[ Special Orders Number 33 [3/17/1944] ]
[ Special Orders Number 46 [4/1/1944] ]
[ Shipping ticket [4/22/1944] ]
[ Memo on instruction for movement [5/20/1944] ]
[ Special Orders Number 56 [6/9/1944] ]
[ Orders [9/22/1944] ]
[ Orders [9/26/1944] ]
[ Orders [10/6/1944] ]
[ Letter certifying the issuance of supplies [11/14/1944] ]
[ Military record and report of separation [3/11/1945] ]
[ Essay: Military Pipeline System in France ]
[ Third U.S. Army pamphlet Number 608-12, Survivor Assistance for Next of Kin of Deceased Retired personnel [8/22/1968] ]
[ Letter to his family [3/3/1944] ]
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[ Letter to his family [3/12/1944] ]
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[ Letter to Florence [4/3/1944] ]
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[ Letter to Florence [4/17/1944] ]
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[ Letter to Florence [4/23/1944] ]
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[ Letter to Barbara, Nancy, and Florence [5/1/1944] ]
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[ Letter to Florence [5/21/1944] ]
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[ Letter to Florence, Barbara, and Nancy [6/14/1944] ]
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[ Letter to Florence [7/14/1944] ]
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[ Letter to Florence [8/14/1944] ]
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[ Letter to Florence [8/24/1944] ]
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[ Letter to Florence [9/9/1944] ]
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[ Letter to Florence [10/23/1944] ]
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[ Letter to Florence [10/31/1944] ]
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[ Letter to Florence [11/7/1944] ]
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[ Letter to Florence [11/15/1944] ]
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[ Vmail from Florence [ 2/23/1944] ]
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[ Vmail from Dan A. Carroll [ 3/18/1944] ]
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[ Vmail from Wally [4/2/1944] ]
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[ "Good morning, he says!" Pencil drawing depicting Ellsworth Dewitt Hill and another soldier conversing. Veteran is not identified. Artist unknown, referred to in a letter merely as "A sergeant." ]
[ Newsclipping from "The Stars and Stripes": "Army Strains to Insure Front Gets its Gasoline--On Time" ]
[ Newsclipping: "Pipelines Push 50 Miles a Day Toward Front" ]
[ Notes from the diary of Gerhardt Hauptmann, 19 Neustrasse, Cologne, Germany. Wehrmacht SS 2749886 ]
[ Breakfast menu for the Transport Ship Etolin [7/20/1943] ]
[ Paper map case labeled "Secret." Contained the schematic for a "Minor DOL System" and a hand-drawn map of the Normandy , France area ]
[ Schematic Minor DOL System [7/8/1944] ]
[ Hand-drawn map of Normandy ]

About this Item

Title

  • Ellsworth DeWitt Hill Collection

Names

  • Holguin, Nancy
  • Hill, Ellsworth DeWitt

State of Birth

  • NY

Headings

  • -  Hill, Ellsworth DeWitt
  • -  World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1914-1918

    • Location of Service: Love Field, Dallas, Texas
    • Military Status: Veteran
  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: Civil Affairs Division; Headquarters Advance Section CZ G4
    • Location of Service: England; Normandy, France
    • Highest Rank: Major
    • Dates of Service: 1942-1945
    • Entrance into Service: Commissioned
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Printed matter [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 1964)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [19 items] -- (collected 1944)
  • Manuscript: Maps [3 items] -- (collected 1941 - 1944)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [2 items] -- Typewritten document (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Other Manuscript Material [1 item] -- (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Diaries and journals [1 item] -- (collected 1944)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [ item] -- (collected 1942 - 1945)
  • Photograph: Digital print [1 item] -- Photograph (collected unknown)
  • Computer File: CD [1 item] -- Electronic file of photograph (collected unknown)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/9087

Cite as

  • Ellsworth DeWitt Hill Collection (AFC/2001/001/9087), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image

Additional Metadata Formats

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Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Holguin, Nancy, and Ellsworth Dewitt Hill. Ellsworth DeWitt Hill Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.09087/.

APA citation style:

Holguin, N. & Hill, E. D. (1942) Ellsworth DeWitt Hill Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.09087/.

MLA citation style:

Holguin, Nancy, and Ellsworth Dewitt Hill. Ellsworth DeWitt Hill Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.09087/>.