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Harry J. DeWitt

Harry J. DeWitt

Male 1921 - 1944  (22 years)

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  • Name Harry J. DeWitt 
    Born 24 Aug 1921  Muncie, Delaware County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Jun 1944  Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Plot H Row 18 Grave 16, Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur- Mer, France. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I21488  Christian Eller
    Last Modified 13 May 2021 

    Father Harry Howard DeWitt,   b. 16 Nov 1898, Bleftfton, Wells County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1977  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Beatrice Bivian Wade,   b. 8 Jun 1901, Royerton, Delaware County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1965  (Age 63 years) 
    Family ID F7745  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    DeWitt, Harry J. (1921-1944)
    DeWitt, Harry J. (1921-1944)
    Killed in Normandy, France, in WWII.

    Headstones
    DeWitt, Harry (1921-1944)
    DeWitt, Harry (1921-1944)
    Plot: Block H Row 18 Grave 16

  • Notes 
    • 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.