En Route Home From Germany
Word that their son, Pvt John P. Crouch, 20, had arrived
in New York was received yesterday by Mr. and Mrs. Corley Crouch of
205 West Fourth Street, [Fort Wayne, IN].
A paratrooper, Pvt. Crouch was reported missing in action on D-Day
in France. He later was reported to be a prisoner of war in Germany
and information was received from a captured German who held the hospital
roster of Rennes that the paratrooper had been wounded by shell fragments
in both shoulders when he was captured. He was admitted to a hospital
June 16 and later sent into Germany for further treatment.
Pvt Crouch left North Side High School and enlisted in the Army on
June 6, 1940. He was in a tank communications outfit before transferring
to the paratroopers.
His brother, Sgt. Charles Crouch is still with an infantry unit of
the Ninth Army in Germany. Mr. Crouch is adjutant of American
Legion Lincoln Post 82 here.
One Man's Personal Triumphant Return
John P. Crouch, Hq 1st, appears in an Associated Press
wire photo as he disembarks a ship at Staten Island, NY.
Crouch is wearing a German officer's cap, one of the souvenirs he brought
home after spending nearly a year in captivity.
(appeared in the Fort Wayne, Indiana Journal Gazette on 4 June 1945. The
article was provided by Gregory Cummings, nephew of John Crouch)
John Crouch rejoined his family after receiving his discharge at
Camp Crowder, MO.
Jumpmaster Note: According to records in the
National Archives, John Crouch was interned at Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria
48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011 and Work Camp 3368 Munich
48-11) while he was held as a POW.
PARATROOPER 'MUSKETEERS' --- These four New
Englanders, none over 21, arrived with more than 7000 other men
aboard the giant troop ship Wakefield yesterday. They were
among 300 paratroopers of the 508th Infantry Regiment who recently
re-enlisted so they could get immediate furloughs home. Left
to right: Pfc John Connors of 17 Longmead ave, Somerville, MA; Pfc
Warren Morton of 154 Elm St, Quincy, MA; Pfc Joseph LeClerc of
Lowell [MA} and Pfc Kenneth [Blackmore] of Auburn, Me.
David T. Maxcy, son of Mr. and Mrs. William S. Maxcy of 318
Hlllcrest Avenue, a member of the Eighty-second Airborne Division,
508th Parachute Infantry, arrived in New York Saturday aboard the
[The Record, Hackensack, New NJ, 06 May 1946, Mon, Page 6]