Grave marker for Temple W. Tutwiler
in Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham (Jefferson county), Alabama.
Temple joined the Army on 20 April 1942, probably in
Birmingham, AL and volunteered for parachutist duty.
On 16 October 1942 2/Lt Tutwiler was transferred from the
508th PIR to the 508th PIR as a member of the cadre team.
1/Lt Tutwiler was transferred to Hq 2nd on 31 March 1943.
The Company D Morning Report listed hhim
as seriously wounded in action on 6 June 1944 and evacuated. He
returned to duty on 14 July. This card image is from the "Alabamians Wounded
in Action" file and only documents the fact that he was wounded but not when
Lt Tutwiler made his second combat jump into Holland on
17 September 1944 and was captured that same day.
again the Alabama card file recorded the event but not a date and place.
May or June of 1945 1/Lt Tutwiler was liberated from an unnamed prisoner of
war camp. As was the case earlier, this record from the Alabama system
indicates he was liberated but there is no action date shown.
the Anniston Star newspaper of 18 June 1945 read:
Lt Temple Tutwiler, II, has arrived in New York from the
European theatre of war where for the last eight months of the war he was in
a German prison camp. The text was apparently shared from the
Birmingham News-Age Herald.