Ellis Herbert “Deacon” Hall, graduate of Stearns HS (1934), member of Company I (Millinocket) in Maine National Guard and US Army Captain during WWII. The Millinocket Historical Society recently received documentation, medals, photos and an Army jacket from his service to his country. This grouping of items now on display at the museum is the most complete collection on any local military person currently at the museum. It was donated by Hall’s son, Ellis Hall, Jr. (and MHS member) from Maryland. Another son, Robert and his wife, visited the museum two weeks ago and they plan to send some items (copies or scans) soon.
Ellis Hall enlisted December, 1933, in Company I, 103rd Infantry, Maine National Guard. Company I was here in Millinocket at the old Armory on Central Street. A few years later, 1939, the new Armory opened. Hall served with Company I in various capacities, rising to the rank of second lieutenant. With WWII fighting taking place in Europe, the US was getting ready and Capt. Ellis, along with others in Company I were inducted into Federal Service and assigned to Camp Blanding, Florida in February, 1941. Hall was transferred (with others) to Camp Shelby, Mississippi where he was made commander of an anti-tank company. (A book titled Historical and Pictorial Review of 43rd Infantry Division was donated along with a framed photo of Hall in uniform. In 1942, he attained the rank of Captain.
Hall and others (including many from Company I (from Millinocket area) arrived in
the Southwest Pacific Theater in October of 1943 where he served until January 28, 1943. He was severely wounded (unknown battle), spent time at hospitals (including (Michigan) until June of 1944 when he released. The document given to the museum states Hall was honorably discharged due to physical disqualification June 7, 1944. He was also discharged from the Maine National Guard as of October, 1946.
One of Hall’s US Army jackets is currently displayed at the museum along with a shadow box containing most of his insignia and medals. We are proud to display it!
***Join us at the craft fair at the American Legion, Saturday, October 20. Copies of Geller and Westrich books, MHS cookbook, Tales of Little Italy DVD, Spirit of Katahdin DVD, 2019 MHS calendar and more available! 9AM -2PM.
***Available for purchase at the museum………
1. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD – $15.00 ($2.50 each SH) – tape of storytelling session at museum, 9/20/2018;
2. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
3. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 $5.00 each SH on mail orders);
4. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
5. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
7. Other books and items on sale at museum. Cookbooks and calendars can also be purchased at several area businesses.
*** During October at Millinocket Hannaford, purchase of specified reusable grocery bags benefit the Millinocket Historical Society. The Hannaford Bag program has been selecting and supporting local non-profits for several years. Thank you!
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.