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    Oral memoirs of Roger Ellison: an interview conducted on April 9, 2020
    (2021-06-21) Dickmeyer, Laurie
    Roger Ellison relates a number of anecdotes relating to the World War II service of his father Tom D Ellison (1925-2018). Tom D Ellison enlisted with the U.S. Navy in 1942 at the young age of 17. After training in Farragut, Idaho, he was stationed at Dunkeswell base in England, where he primarily worked as a mechanic on submarine-hunting P4BYs. One story includes a severe storm that swept away all of the armaments on board of his ship. While in England, Tom D Ellison met and married Jean Lewis, a member of the British Land Army. Following the end of the war, Ellison had to plead with his commanding officer for time to escort his pregnant wife to his hometown of Sierra Blanca, Texas. Ellison was then shipped to Japan as part of a Catalina crew until his service ended in 1946.