University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Sept. 24 presentation focuses on WW II veteran’s letters

A public presentation on the history of a Grand Forks World War II veteran is set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the  ellingson-letters
East Asian Room in the Chester Fritz Library.  Rosanne Bliss will discuss the history of her uncle and Grand Forks native, Vernon Ellingson.

Along with her sister and brother-in-law, Bliss researched and wrote Pitching My Way Through World War II: Letters Home to North Dakota.

The book is based on hundreds of letters that Ellingson wrote to his family in Grand Forks while he was deployed during World War II. Richly illustrated with photographs and newspaper clippings, the book was published in 2010.

Vernon Ellingson was drafted into the U.S. Army in March 1942.  He served in Gen. George Patton’s Third Army, as a member of the 90th Infantry Division.  Following his honorable discharge from the Army, he worked for many years at the Grand Forks Post Office.

Ellingson died on Jan. 15, 2001.