• Elling, Michael E.
  • College/Year: RC '54
  • Links to Oral History Sessions: Elling, Michael E. (February 21, 2020)
  • Conflict(s): Cold War
  • Military Branch & Unit: Army
  • US Army Other: Army Corps of Engineers


Michael E. Elling was born in 1932. He grew up in Verona and Somerville, graduating from Somerville High School. He went to Rutgers College, where he participated in the Gamma Sigma fraternity, Glee Club and Advanced ROTC. One summer during college, he worked for the United States Mining and Refining Company in Alaska. At Rutgers, he took many courses in geology and ended up majoring in economics. After graduating in the Class of 1954 with a commission in the U.S. Army, Elling served in the Corps of Engineers, first at Fort Belvoir in Virginia and then overseas in Germany and France. During his career, Elling worked in the oil and gas industry and in the chemical industry for various corporations, including General Electric, Western Electric, Mobile, Union Carbide and Imperial Chemical Industries. During the 1970s, he spent five years working in Iran in oil exploration. He and his wife Janet raised four children and have six grandchildren.

The PDF version of the transcript includes photographs, courtesy of Michael E. Elling. Scroll to the end of the transcript to read the captions and view the photographs.