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WILLIAM T. KALKREUTH

Admiral Benson passenger list showing William Kalkreuth on line 50
William T. Kalkreuth enlisted n the Army on 13 Jan 1943 and volunteered for parachutist duty.  Following basic training and completion of jump school he was transferred to the 508th at Camp Mackall, NC where he was assigned to Company B.

He jumped into Normandy on D-Day, 6 June 1944, and was in combat for 33 days until the regiment was relieved.

William also participated in the Operation Market-Garden jump on 17 Sept 1944 but had the misfortune of being captured the following day.  He was released to U.S. control from Stalag 2A Neubrandenburg Mecklenberg 53-13 in 1945.

Pfc Kalkreuth was among some 5,000 POW's on board the USS Admiral W. S. Benson (AP-120) when it arrived in New York City harbor on 12 June 1945,

William died on 6 July 1996 in Canton, Stark County, OH

 

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