Tom Gintjee enjoyed celebrating his birthday each year
because he said it "proved the government wrong ... again!"
In June of 1944 his mother Martha received the above
telegram that stated: "THE SECRETARY OF WAR DESIRES TO EXPRESS HIS DEEP
REGRETS THAT YOUR SON CORPORAL THOMAS T. GINTJEE WAS KILLED IN ACTION ON
SIX JUNE IN FRANCE. LETTER FOLLOWS ="
Whether a letter of clarification was ever received
from Major General James Alexander Ulio, the Adjutant General, is not
known but certainly he family was ultimately relieved to learn that
Thomas was in fact alive and well.
Tom was held in Stalag 4B
until he was liberated in 1945.
On 24 May 1945 he was
aboard the SS Monticello when it sailed from Southampton, England (see
line 18). The ship docked in New York City harbor on June 3rd.
Thomas was discharged in
October of 1945.