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Ewell, Julian Johnson, born 05-01-1915, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, attended Duke University for two years before entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point , graduating in 1939. He became a paratrooper in World War II. Before dawn on D-Day, he jumped into Normandy with the 101st Airborne Division under the General Maxwell Davenport Taylor and Anthony McAuliffe and colonel Dick Winters. So many paratroopers missed their landing zones that then Lieutenant Colonel Ewell found only 40 of the 600 men in his battalion, but they managed to regroup and engage the Germans. In fall 1944, he parachuted into Holland, (see About) fighting in the defence of the Belgian city of Bastogne  during the Battle of the Bulge. (see Harry Kinnard). Ewell took the command as Colonel, Howard “Jumpy” Johnson who was killed in Holland on the Island. A large fragment hit the Colonel in the stomach. He fell to the ground. The medics knew that the wound was very serious, if not fatal. Two hours later, Johnson groaned, “Take care of my boys” to Colonel Ewell. Seconds later, he was dead.

   Ewell was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army’s second-highest honor, for holding off two German divisions. The 101 Airborne Division had the next losses during their campaign in Europe; In Normandy, killed/died of wounds 868, wounded in action 2.303, missing/captured 665. In Holland killed 752, wounded 2.151 and missing 398. In the battle of the Bulge in Belgium, killed 482, wounded 2.449 and missing 527, in total killed 2.043, wounded 2.782 and missed 1590.  In 1952, he was sent to Korea as commander of an infantry regiment.  He later spent four years at West Point, rising to assistant commandant of cadets. He became executive assistant to presidential military aide Genenral Maxwell Taylor at the John F. Kennedy’s White House. He later served as executive to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon and as chief of staff at V Corps in Germany before he went to Vietnam in 1968 and became a Major General . His other military awards included four awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Silver Star, two awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.

Death and burial ground of Ewell, Julian Johnson.

            jjewellphoto General Ewell was married four times. His first two marriages, to Mary Gillem and Jean Hoffman, resulted in divorces. He was married to his third wife, Beverly McGammon Moses, for forty years before her death in 1995. In 2005 he married Patricia Gates Lync  She was born in Newark, New Jersey and died in Fairfax, Virginia, of ovarian cancer, age 85 on 04-11-2011. Ewell had four children and two stepchildren. Living at The Fairfax retirement community at Fort Belvoir, Ewell died very old age of 93, on 27-07-2009 at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax and is buried on Arlington National Cemetery, Section 59, Grave 3854.
   

 

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