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Nathal Lebowitz 28th division, POW

Discussion in 'What Granddad did in the War' started by erdocsgg, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. erdocsgg

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    Nathan Lebowitz, was an infantry man with the 28th division , captured during the battle of bulge on dec 18 1944. he kept a list of close mates during his time as a prisoner.from the relics my parents retained, he smoked ( still have some of the tobacco in the tin) and wrote home to his wife alot. --thats all i know...
     
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    The 28th was the "Bloody Bucket" Division which was transferred into the quiet area of the Ardennes to rest and refit after the nightmare of the Hurtgen Forest battle. Of course, the Ardennes didn't stay quiet for long because the German army chose that area to counter-attack. On 18 December, the town of Clervaux fell and a number of 28th Division soldiers were captured there. Perhaps, your father was one of those.

    You can read about Clervaux here: http://www.historynet.com/battle-of-the-bulge-us-army-28th-infantry-divisions-110th-regimental-combat-team-upset-the-german-timetable.htm

    Events on 18 December are about 20% down the page.
     
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    I can't read any of it. You should be able to get 28th Division rosters someplace and see what regiment he was in and get some details on his service.
     
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    Do you have a good scanner? I would love to read his accounts.
     
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    i will try to transcribe and/or scan
     
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    can anyone help me find out what company or regiment he was in?




    Leibowitz, Nathan

    32248777 service number
     
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    If you have his discharge papers, it would help.
     
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    Name

    Nathan Leibowitz

    Serial Number

    32248777

    Grade (alpha)

    Private First Class

    Service Code

    Army

    Arm or Service

    Infantry

    First Report Date

    day: 20 | month: 12 | year: 1944

    Last Report Date

    day: 04 | month: 06 | year: 1945

    Racial Group



    State Residence



    Organization Type

    Branch Immaterial Infantry Division Band Dental Co

    Parent Unit Number

    0110

    Parent Unit Type

    Group Regiment Commands System

    Area

    European Theatre Germany

    Source of Report

    Official Sources

    Status

    Liberated Or Repatriated

    Detaining Power

    Germany

    Camp

    Stalag 4b Muhlberg Sachsen 51 13
     
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    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    That would make sense with the First Report Date of 20 Dec 1944.
     
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    In the OP, he said he was captured on 18 December. That's the day Clervaux fell and a number of men were captured there.
     
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    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Yes, I know. I was just agreeing with you.
     
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    I did find this:

    Field Title

    Value

    Meaning

    ARMY SERIAL NUMBER

    32248777

    32248777

    NAME

    LEIBOWITZ#NATHAN########

    LEIBOWITZ#NATHAN########

    RESIDENCE: STATE

    23

    NEW YORK

    RESIDENCE: COUNTY

    047

    KINGS

    PLACE OF ENLISTMENT

    2229

    FT DIX NEW JERSEY

    DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY

    11

    11

    DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH

    03

    03

    DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR

    42

    42

    GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION

    PVT#

    Private

    GRADE: CODE

    8

    Private

    BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION

    BI#

    Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA

    BRANCH: CODE

    00

    Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA

    FIELD USE AS DESIRED

    #

    #

    TERM OF ENLISTMENT

    5

    Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law

    LONGEVITY

    ###

    ###

    SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL

    0

    Civil Life

    NATIVITY

    23

    NEW YORK

    YEAR OF BIRTH

    13

    13

    RACE AND CITIZENSHIP

    1

    White, citizen

    EDUCATION

    3

    3 years of high school

    CIVILIAN OCCUPATION

    175

    Salespersons

    MARITAL STATUS

    2

    Married

    COMPONENT OF THE ARMY

    7

    Selectees (Enlisted Men)

    CARD NUMBER

    #

    #

    BOX NUMBER

    0486

    0486

    FILM REEL NUMBER

    2.150

    2.150




    Field Title

    Value

    Meaning

    SERIAL NUMBER

    32248777

    32248777

    NAME

    LEIBOWITZ NATHAN

    LEIBOWITZ NATHAN

    GRADE, ALPHA

    PFC

    Private First Class

    GRADE CODE

    7

    Second Lieutenant or Nurse or Dietitian or Physical therapy aide or Private First Class or Ensign or Second Class, Seaman

    SERVICE CODE

    1

    ARMY

    ARM OR SERVICE

    INF

    Infantry

    ARM OR SERVICE CODE

    10

    INF: INFANTRY

    DATE REPORT: DAY (DD)

    20

    20

    DATE REPORT: MONTH (MM)

    12

    12

    DATE REPORT: YEAR (Y)

    4

    1944

    RACIAL GROUP CODE





    STATE OF RESIDENCE





    TYPE OF ORGANIZATION

    740

    Branch Immaterial/Infantry Division Band/Dental Corps/Medical Department

    PARENT UNIT NUMBER

    0110

    0110

    PARENT UNIT TYPE

    06

    Group/Regiment/Commands/System

    AREA

    72

    European Theatre: Germany

    LATEST REPORT DATE: DAY (DD)

    04

    04

    LATEST REPORT DATE: MONTH (MM)

    06

    06

    LATEST REPORT DATE: YEAR (Y)

    5

    1945

    SOURCE OF REPORT

    1

    Individual has been reported through sources considered official.

    STATUS

    8

    Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated

    DETAINING POWER

    1

    GERMANY

    CAMP

    006

    Stalag 4B Muhlberg Sachsen 51-13

    REP





    POW TRANSPORT SHIPS
     
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    I'm always interested in Jewish GI's. Their ethnicity subjected them to far higher risks if captured. They were offered to use a Protestant or Catholic stamp on their dog tags, but most of them refused. Often, the names were a giveaway anyway. They often threw their dog tags away and only revealed their true name when they were in the actual camp and being registered for the Red Cross.

    The stories are mixed. Some German captors treated Jewish GI's them just fine, but there was always the risk of being in the control of some Nazi fanatic who might cull them out and make them "disappear." Once in the camps they were generally safe, but those first few hours after capture must have been harrowing.
     

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