Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Air Corps Veteran Ellwood Lee Frum. Ellwood served during World War II from 1942 to 1945.

Ellwood was born November 1923 in Morgantown, West Virginia. He worked in a steel mill in Pennsylvania before enlisting in the Army Air Corps on 22 August 1942 as an airplane engine mechanic. Ellwood spent three months training in Dallas and then was stationed with the 350th Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group out of Thorpe Abbotts base in England. He recalls being treated nicely by the local population during his time in London and being terrified the first time German bombs hit the airfield. On April 1945, he was on a mission to transport POW’s from Austria back to France and was released from service on October 11, 1945.

During his service, Ellwood earned two France foreign medals, the Jubilee of Liberty and the Croix de Guerre. He was also awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign and a Good Conduct Medal. Ellwood passed away on December 2006.

We honor his service.

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to with as much information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.

Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at

Graphic By Lilian Vo: Lilian Vo is an undergraduate senior at George Mason University studying Global Affairs and Intelligence Analysis.

Share this story

Published on Jul. 19, 2018

Estimated reading time is 1.7 min.

Views to date: 85

One Comment

  1. Magaly Colon August 1, 2018 at 12:23 am

    I have sought employment with the VA for many years vía USA Jobs sit and never have I obtained an interview, why is it so difficult?

Comments are closed.

More Stories

  • John Thurman served in the Marine Corps during World War II, fought on Iwo Jima and saw the famous flag raising on Mount Suribachi.

  • Edward Carter Jr. was one of the few African Americans to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during World War II.

  • Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Spiros “Steve” Pisanos, a Greek national who flew for the British Royal Air Force as an American pilot during World War II.