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#1 Dawn D.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 07:45 PM

PLEASE help me interpret my "2" Great Uncles WWII POW records, e.g Infantry/Batallion, Unit, etc. so I can do research on them.
These records do not provide Batallion/ infantry, Unit#, Regiment, Company etc. I have been spending a lot of time researching with the info on the records but it is not specific enough to narrow down where they actually belonged so that I can follow/research where they were during the war.
Benny's wife is still alive (94 yrs old) and they were married when he returned from the war. He hardly spoke of it and I would love to be able to tell her his story so his memory and experience lives on. They never had children.
God Bless You ALL!
Dawn
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[TD]Field Title
[/TD]
[TD]Value
[/TD]
[TD]Meaning
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]SERIAL NUMBER
[/TD]
[TD]31074969
[/TD]
[TD]31074969
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]NAME
[/TD]
[TD]GENNARO BENNY V
[/TD]
[TD]GENNARO BENNY V
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]GRADE, ALPHA
[/TD]
[TD]PVT
[/TD]
[TD]Private
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]GRADE CODE
[/TD]
[TD]8
[/TD]
[TD]Cadet, USMA or Chief Warrant Officer or Private or Apprentice, Seaman
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]SERVICE CODE
[/TD]
[TD]1
[/TD]
[TD]ARMY
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]ARM OR SERVICE
[/TD]
[TD]INF
[/TD]
[TD]Infantry
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]ARM OR SERVICE CODE
[/TD]
[TD]10
[/TD]
[TD]INF: INFANTRY
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]DATE REPORT: DAY (DD)
[/TD]
[TD]19
[/TD]
[TD]19
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]DATE REPORT: MONTH (MM)
[/TD]
[TD]12
[/TD]
[TD]12
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]DATE REPORT: YEAR (Y)
[/TD]
[TD]4
[/TD]
[TD]1944
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]RACIAL GROUP CODE
[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]STATE OF RESIDENCE
[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]TYPE OF ORGANIZATION
[/TD]
[TD]320
[/TD]
[TD]Tank Battalion/Field Artillery Regiment (75 mm Gun) Truck-D
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]PARENT UNIT NUMBER
[/TD]
[TD]0707
[/TD]
[TD]0707
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]PARENT UNIT TYPE
[/TD]
[TD]41
[/TD]
[TD]Force or Forces/Fleet/Battalion
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]AREA
[/TD]
[TD]72
[/TD]
[TD]European Theatre: Germany
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]LATEST REPORT DATE: DAY (DD)
[/TD]
[TD]13
[/TD]
[TD]13
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]LATEST REPORT DATE: MONTH (MM)
[/TD]
[TD]06
[/TD]
[TD]06
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]LATEST REPORT DATE: YEAR (Y)
[/TD]
[TD]6
[/TD]
[TD]1946
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]SOURCE OF REPORT
[/TD]
[TD]1
[/TD]
[TD]Individual has been reported through sources considered official.
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]STATUS
[/TD]
[TD]7
[/TD]
[TD]Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]DETAINING POWER
[/TD]
[TD]1
[/TD]
[TD]GERMANY
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]CAMP
[/TD]
[TD]063
[/TD]
[TD]Stalag 12A to 9B Limburg An Der Lahn Hessen-Nassau, Prussia 50-08
[/TD]
[/TR]
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My other WWII POW uncle

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[TD]Value
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[TD]Meaning
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[TR]
[TD]SERIAL NUMBER
[/TD]
[TD]11021439
[/TD]
[TD]11021439
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]NAME
[/TD]
[TD]PERIGNY JOSEPH H
[/TD]
[TD]PERIGNY JOSEPH H
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]GRADE, ALPHA
[/TD]
[TD]PVT
[/TD]
[TD]Private
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]GRADE CODE
[/TD]
[TD]8
[/TD]
[TD]Cadet, USMA or Chief Warrant Officer or Private or Apprentice, Seaman
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]SERVICE CODE
[/TD]
[TD]1
[/TD]
[TD]ARMY
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]ARM OR SERVICE
[/TD]
[TD]INF
[/TD]
[TD]Infantry
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]ARM OR SERVICE CODE
[/TD]
[TD]10
[/TD]
[TD]INF: INFANTRY
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]DATE REPORT: DAY (DD)
[/TD]
[TD]17
[/TD]
[TD]17
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]DATE REPORT: MONTH (MM)
[/TD]
[TD]02
[/TD]
[TD]02
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]DATE REPORT: YEAR (Y)
[/TD]
[TD]3
[/TD]
[TD]1943
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]RACIAL GROUP CODE
[/TD]
[TD]1
[/TD]
[TD]WHITE
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]STATE OF RESIDENCE
[/TD]
[TD]13
[/TD]
[TD]Massachusetts
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]TYPE OF ORGANIZATION
[/TD]
[TD]110
[/TD]
[TD]Rifle
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]PARENT UNIT NUMBER
[/TD]
[TD]0168
[/TD]
[TD]0168
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]PARENT UNIT TYPE
[/TD]
[TD]06
[/TD]
[TD]Group/Regiment/Commands/System
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]AREA
[/TD]
[TD]95
[/TD]
[TD]North African Theatre: Tunisia
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]LATEST REPORT DATE: DAY (DD)
[/TD]
[TD]10
[/TD]
[TD]10
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]LATEST REPORT DATE: MONTH (MM)
[/TD]
[TD]08
[/TD]
[TD]08
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]LATEST REPORT DATE: YEAR (Y)
[/TD]
[TD]5
[/TD]
[TD]1945
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]SOURCE OF REPORT
[/TD]
[TD]1
[/TD]
[TD]Individual has been reported through sources considered official.
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]STATUS
[/TD]
[TD]8
[/TD]
[TD]Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]DETAINING POWER
[/TD]
[TD]1
[/TD]
[TD]GERMANY
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]CAMP
[/TD]
[TD]004
[/TD]
[TD]Stalag 3B Furstenberg Brandenburg, Prussia (Also KDOS [USA] #1-5; ARB BTNS 225-255) 52-14
[/TD]
[/TR]
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#2 kerrd5

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 09:02 PM

Dawn,

It appears that your Uncle Benny belonged to the 707th Tank Battalion and was
captured during the Battle of the Bulge. Here is an account of the 707th:

707 Tank Battalion

You might want to pick up a copy of this book:

http://www.amazon.co...s/dp/1841767980

The 707th was attached to the 28 Infantry Division at the time:

http://www.history.a...OB/28id-eto.htm

Your Uncle Joe was serving with the 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry
Division, when he was captured in North Africa. Here are Combat Chronicles
of the 34th:

"After continuing its training in Ireland, the 34th Infantry Division saw its first combat in the North African invasion, 8 November 1942, landing at Algiers and seizing the port and outlying airfields. Elements of the Division took part in numerous subsequent engagements in Tunisia during the Allied build-up, notably at Sened Station, Paid Pass, Sbeitla, and Fondouk Gap. In April 1943 the Division assaulted Hill 609, capturing it on 1 May 1943, and then drove through Chouigui Pass to Tebourba and Ferryville. The Division then trained for the Salerno landing. The 151st FA Bn. went in on D-day, 9 September 1943, at Salerno, while the rest of the Division followed on 25 September. Contacting the enemy at the Calore River, 28 September 1943, the 34th drove north to take Benevento, crossed the winding Volturno three times in October and November, assaulted Mount Patano and took one of its four peaks before being relieved, 9 December 1943. In January 1944, the Division drove into the Gustav line, took Mount Trocchio after a bitter fight, pushed across the Rapido, attacked Monastery Hill, and fought its way into Cassino, being relieved 13 February 1944. After rest and rehabilitation, it landed in the Anzio beachhead, 25 March 1944, maintaining defensive positions until the offensive of 23 May, when it broke out of the beachhead, took Cisterna, and raced to Civitavecchia and Rome. After a short rest, the Division drove across the Cecina River to liberate Livorno, 19 July 1944, and continued on to take Mount Belmonte in October. Digging in south of Bologna for the winter, the 34th jumped off, 15 April 1945, and captured Bologna on 21 April. Pursuit of the routed enemy was halted, 2 May, with the German surrender in Italy."

World War II Divisional Combat Chronicles


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Edited by kerrd5, 16 September 2011 - 09:15 PM.


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Posted 16 September 2011 - 09:38 PM

Dawn, you are in luck.

The After Action Report of the 707th Tank Bn for Dec. 1944 is online at CARL:

After action report 707th Tank Battalion, October thru December 44, Apr 45 thru 6 May 45. :: World War II Operational Documents

Here is a screenprint of the entries for 18 and 19 Dec.


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Edited by kerrd5, 16 September 2011 - 09:54 PM.


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Posted 16 September 2011 - 10:11 PM

Curiously, the Dec. 1944 AAR (better quality, by the way) can be found
in the 707th General Orders file from CARL on page 129:

707th Tank Battalion. :: World War II Operational Documents

I recommend that you download the above. It contains the S-3 Journal
(Combat Chronicle) for December beginning on page 132.


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Posted 16 September 2011 - 10:43 PM

Dawn,

Here are screenprints of the S-3 Journal for 19 December:

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 11:09 PM

Dawn,

Here is an additional account from The Story of the 34th Infantry Division. I think you will find the following from the 3rd chapter to be interesting:

An over-all picture of the Division at this time is virtually impossible to draw, so scattered had the formation become. It may be mentioned, however, that the capture of Sened Station in southern Tunisia on 31 January was the first important action for elements of the 168th Infantry. The Regiment did not regather all of its component units until the first week of February when, under command of the 1st Armored Division, the 168th took up positions in the vicinity of Sidi Bou Zid near Faid Pass. The Regiment was still in these positions when the main portion of the Division closed into Maktar and began the relief of French troops in the sector between Pichon and El Ala. The 133rd Infantry, last element of the Division to close into the Maktar area, had barely completed the relief of the French in the sector south from El Ala to the Fondouk highway, when the German breakthrough at Faid was reported. In the face of the enemy successes south of the Division we were ordered to withdraw 30 kilometers west to a new defense line.

In the meantime the 168th Infantry, engulfed in the rush of German infantry and armor, was surrounded and cut to pieces with very heavy losses. Some of the troops managed to infiltrate through the enemy ring and make their way to Allied lines once more, but when the stragglers were brought together only about half of the Regiment remained; the others were killed or captured.


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Freedom is precious and many gave their lives for it. It is the duty of the future generation
to remember that sacrifice, and offer some sacrifice for themselves if Freedom is threatened.

Cecil Earl Workman, WWII Veteran, "L" Co., 129th Inf. Regt., 37th Inf. Div.


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Posted 16 September 2011 - 11:35 PM

Nice work Dave and TD!

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 11:57 PM

Thanks guys, but Dave did the heavy lifting. I just happened to have a link to the 34th ID site because of a great uncle whose Tank Destroyer Bn. was attached to the 34th in North Africa and Italy. It might not have occurred to me to look for it if it wasn't for Dave's usual quality research.

Freedom is precious and many gave their lives for it. It is the duty of the future generation
to remember that sacrifice, and offer some sacrifice for themselves if Freedom is threatened.

Cecil Earl Workman, WWII Veteran, "L" Co., 129th Inf. Regt., 37th Inf. Div.


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Posted 21 September 2011 - 08:46 PM

Hello, Moderator.

Since Dawn hasn't responded, I think it would a good idea
for you to send her an email and tell her what Tom and I have discovered
about the units her great-uncles served in, the 707th TD Bn
and the 168th Infantry Regiment.


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Posted 21 September 2011 - 08:59 PM

Good job with the research guys....Totally enjoyed reading the stuff. :)

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 07:24 AM

must say i agree, that you guys both did some nice work. i enjoyed the info as well.

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 06:58 PM

Thank you Dave and others for responding to my inquiry. I gratefully appreciate the time you spent to gather and provide me with some information to go on.
One more question: Can u determine which company of the 707th? A, B, C or D? When I look at his POW document, under type of Organization #320 - the description says Truck-D. Does that mean Company D? So do agree he fought at Ardennes, and was that where he / they were captured?

It appears that your Uncle Benny belonged to the 707th Tank Battalion and was
captured during the Battle of the Bulge. Here is an account of the 707th:
The 707th was attached to the 28 Infantry Division at the time:

http://www.history.army.mil/document...B/28id-eto.htm

Edited by Dawn D., 03 December 2011 - 04:08 AM.


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Posted 01 December 2011 - 10:05 PM

Thank you Dave and others for responding to my inquiry. I gratefully appreciate the time you spent to gather and provide me with some information to go on.
One more question: Can u determine which company of the 707th? A, B, C or D? When I look at his POW document, under type of Organization #320 - the description says Truck-D. Does that mean Company D? So do agree he fought at Ardennes, and was that where he / they were captured?

It appears that your Uncle Benny belonged to the 707th Tank Battalion and was
captured during the Battle of the Bulge. Here is an account of the 707th:
The 707th was attached to the 28 Infantry Division at the time:

http://www.history.army.mil/document...B/28id-eto.htm


Dawn,

Uncle Benny was indeed captured in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to infer his Company from the POW database
or any of the records I have seen online.


Dave




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