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Thomas J. Hunnel Pvt 112th INF Reg 28th Div

Discussion in 'Military Service Records & Genealogical Research' started by Cas, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. Cas

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    Hi Guys,

    Again a request for help. I'm doing research for friends who have adopted the grave of

    Thomas J. Hunnel ([SIZE=9pt]33659908) of Virginia (Norfolk) enlisted 29th of November 1943 [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=9pt]Born in 1924 (no day or month know at this stage)[/SIZE]

    Know is that he died being a POW (NAC ?) at November 6th 1944 somewhere in Germany

    Can anybody help ?

    Thanks
     
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    Okay so we know the 28th took part in the Battle of the Hürtgenwald, I have the IDPF requested so will only have been patient for a number of weeks (let's say a week of 40), see what that brings up.

    Do you guys in the states know if there is any government related institution that has more info on POW's. I don't know if these were communicated by the Germans to the US in WW2 or that the GI were just being classified as MIA ?
     
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    Thanks dg1983,

    I already had the NARA documents,

    Hope that anyone can help on the POW matter.
     
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    Cas,

    Here's what Ancestry has:

    World War II Prisoners of War, 1941-1946 about Thomas J Hunnel
    Name: Thomas J Hunnel
    Residence State: Virginia
    Report Date: 6 Nov 1944
    Latest Report Date: Nov 1944
    Grade: Private
    Service Branch: Army
    Arm or Service: Infantry
    Arm or Service Code: Infantry
    Area Served: European Theatre: Germany
    Detaining Country: Germany
    Camp: 397
    Status: Died as Prisoner of War, Not Above Cases
    Report Source: Individual has been reported through sources considered official.

    But, looking up Camp 397 at this site shows: http://www.pegasusarchive.org/pow/Stalag.htm
    Dates indicate open/closed. None of these seem correct.

    Stalag 397 - Petrikau - Poland - 11/42/03/43

    Stalag 397 - Charkow - Ukraine - -/

    Stalag 397 - Saporoshje - Ukraine - 03/43/04/43

    Stalag 397 - Orel - Russia - 05/43/-

    I think this website seems to be more likely the correct camp/location: http://www.stalag17b.com/history.html
     
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    Sorry, Cas. I completely missed the POW angle. Fortunately, Natman found some good info for you.
     
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    Natman, you have great information. It's worth following.
     
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    IDPF is reveived apparently the POW camp was located near the town of Düren Germany (north of Aachen). It even states the date and time of burial at the POW cemetary. I know have someone form the historical organisation of the county of Norfolk Virginia. See what comes up
     
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    Thanks for the update, Casper. I hope the historical group will be able to help fill in some missing information.

    Steve
     
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    Thanks TD-Tommy776, will see if that brings up anything
     

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