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[courtesy of Raylene Lapierre Lehnhoff]

Grave marker for Tom Housley in Section M, Site 5768 of the Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, Knoxville (Knox county), Tennessee.

Tom enlisted in the Army at Richmond, VA on 24 November 1942 and was assigned to Hq 3rd, 508 PIR.

Pvt Housley was promoted to Pfc on 26 October 1943 and received the Good Conduct Medal on 16 November 1943.

Pfc Housley jumped into Normandy on D-Day June 6 1944 and was taken prisoner that same day although he was initially listed as just missing in action.

.  This news article from 26 July 1944 reads;
"Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Housley Sr. received a message this morning from the War department stating that their son, Tom. Housley, with the paratroopers in France, had been missing in action since invasion day, June 6th.  Pfc Housley has been in the service a little more than two years."

Housley was liberated from Stalag 4D with a last reported date of 5 June 1945 although the release probably came  in late April 1945 when US and Soviet forces met on the Elbe at Torgau.
   This news clipping lists a number of men who had been liberated, although not necessarily from the same POW camp, Sgt Tom Housley is amongst the group.