Grave marker for Amelio
Palluconi in the Iron Mountain Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain (Dickinson
Amelio entered the service
on .15 June 1940 and was initially a member of he 505th PIR.
Capt Palluconi was captured in Sicily on 14 July 1943
and was held in Oflag 24, a German prisoner-of-war camp for officers
located at Szubin a few miles south of Bydgoszcz, in Pomorze,
The camp was liberated
by the Soviet 61st Army January 23, 1945 and liberated approximately
100 sick POWs and medical personnel plus a few that had hidden in an
unfinished escape tunnel were left behind in Oflag 24. Another 200
had escaped from the marching column and returned to the camp..
But two days earlier
the Germans having been aware of the approaching Russian troops
marched all able-bodied POWs out of the camp. After marching
through snow and bitter cold the group reached Oflag XIII-B at
Hammelburg on March 10.
It is not known whether Capt Palluconi was among the
group that were on the march or not.
Apparently elevated to
the rank of Major due to time in service gained as a POW.
Amelio was transferred to Co C, 508th based on an unfounded report
in the 508th Newsletter.
Major Palluconi was released from duty on 24 May 1946