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TWICE CAPTURED
Pfc Roland E. Archambault (Medic)


E & E Reports
21 August 1944
HQ ETO P/W and X Detachment
Military Intelligence Service


Roland E. Archambault

     About 30 of us got together as soon as we landed and defended a hedgerow until the afternoon of 6 June.  Our party then retreated leaving me to look after seven men who were too badly wounded to move.  We were surrounded and taken to a barn near the German  divisional Hq.  The next day 160 of us were taken by truck to ST. LO.   On the way we were strafed by Allied planes, and 19 of the 160 were killed and 48 wounded.  About 15 km out of ST LO I was sent down the road to get a cart.  I made off into the woods and hid, but two days later I was recaptured by some Germans who did not know that I was a n escaper and who sent me to another regimental aid station.  I tended wounded soldiers there for four days, did the same for a week at an evacuation hospital near ST LO, and then marched to VILLEDIEU where for 10 days I assisted Capt. KOLEMAN whom I [found] working in an operating room there.  We were then sent to MORTAIN over night and from there to the hospital in RENNES where I was put to work with a French PW in the X-ray room.

   JUMPMASTER NOTES:  Pfc Archambault was a medic attached to Company B when he jumped into Normandy where he was captured on D-Day.  He was ultimately released to U.S. custody from the Stalag 4B Muhlberg Sachsen 51-13 POW camp in 1945.  Roland served as the Co B representative on the 508th PIR (WW-II) Association and received the O.B. Hill award in 1998.  He died on Jul 22, 2003 in Montana

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