- PFC Harry DeWitt of Deleware County, Indiana, was killed in the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France. He was in the 29th Infantry Division, 116th Infantry Regiment, Company B.
He was a descendant of Christian Eller/Ohler through his son George and George's Grand-daughter Susan Elizabeth "Betsy" Eller. His full genealogy can be found here.
The first boats from his company hit the beach at as part of a second wave on June 7th, the day after D-Day. There are records which say he died on June 7th and other records which say he died on June 17th, after his unit pushed inland near Vierville.
Unit records say the sea had been so rough throughout the journey that all hands had had to bail with their helmets in order to keep the boats afloat. They were little affected by the enemy fire until the ramps were dropped; then automatic fire from both flanks broke around the B-Company boat exits. The men jumped into neck-high water and started ashore. As it happened, the boat had come into the coast directly confronting a small cover. The beach was strewn with heavy boulders and could be traversed only with extreme difficulty. They joined a group of Rangers at the cove and fought with them all day long helping them destroy the German positions around the fortified house and in the emplacements at the top of the cliff. There were 28 of them in all. After mopping-up the German trenches, they stayed at the second hedgerow beyond the cliff when they were ordered to rejoin the Battalion in its bivouac near Vierville.
Harry J DeWitt is buried or memorialized at Plot H Row 18 Grave 16, Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France.