Hi Kathleen, It seems I have stumbled upon this site quite some time after you posted your question.I am certain that the John Ellery of which you speak is my uncle "Jack".
Uncle Jack ( Col. John B. Ellery) was in, and was one of the few that survived, the "first wave" on Omaha beach.
He also fought in Italy and against Rommel in North Africa.He has medals that cover the chest of his Army uniform.
Uncle Jack will be 81, but is still alive and living in Wisconsin.He is not well after suffering several strokes in recent years, and my father (William, "Bill") tells me that uncle Jack is to the point of not being able to recognize him.
I am the youngest son of William "Bill" Ellery, my uncle Jack's youngest brother, who is 12 years younger than uncle Jack, and who also served the US Army but in Korea. I like most of my ancestors was born in New York.I was raised in California and have lived in Arizona for the last eight years.My father "Bill" is a retired airline Captain who flew for the "Flying Tigers" prior to their purchase by Federal Express in 1989.
If you are interested, I have an original copy of Harrison Ellery's 1881 Ellery Pedigree.The Pedigree begins with William Ellery's birth in 1643,wives Mary Coit and Hannah Vinson, and his decendants in America through 1881.
My father completed "our line", from whence the pedigree ended in 1881, to include my great grandfather through my birth in 1964.