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Grave marker for Amelio Palluconi in the Iron Mountain Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain (Dickinson county), Michigan.

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, Poland.

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

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