Slain by Nazis
Milwaukee Paratrooper Killed in Effort
to Flee From Prison Camp
Pvt William Bohus, 19, has been killed in an attempt to escape from
a German prisoner of war camp, his father was informed this week. Pvt
Bohus was a paratrooper who was reported missing in action on June 6,
D-Day. Six weeks later his father herd that he was a prisoner
of war. The German government reported through the International
Red Cross Monday that he had been killed while trying to escapee from
Stalag 4-B, on October 11.
His father, Michael R. Bohus, 2743 N. Oakland Av, heard from him only
once after his capture. That was a form letter from the prison campo
to the effect that he was well..
Pvt Bohus attended Riverside high school and entered service in June
1942 . He is survived by his father, his mother Mrs. Mary
Bohus, Portland, re., two brothers, Louis, Milwaukee, and Adam, Portland,
and a sister, Mary, Portland.
[newspaper name and publication
"ARMY DEAD … Bohus. Pvt. William;
Michal B. Bohus. Father, Milwaukee."
[Wisconsin State Journal , Madison,
WI, 11 Mar 1945, Sun, Page 23]
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
OFFICE OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL
WASHINGTON, 25, D.C.
Oct 15 1952
OFFICIAL STATEMENT of the DEATH
Service number 36 823 237
The official records
show that private William Bohus, service number 36823237, was killed
in action 11 October 1944 in Germany. Death occurred in line
of duty and not the result of his own misconduct
This official statement furnished 10 October 1952 to Mrs. Mary
Bohus, mother, 8809 Southeast Crystal Springs Boulevard, Portland,
BY AUTHORITY OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
W, E. Bergin
Major General, USA
The Adjutant General
[courtesy of Walter Benjamin, Assistant Superintendent,
Lorraine American Cemetery & Memorial, click photos to enlarge]
Grave marker for Pvt William Bohus
in Plot K, Row 31, Grave 20 in the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial
Pvt Bohus was first thought to have
been killed in action on October 11, 1944 but the U.S. National Archives
World War II Prisoners of War Data File (12/7/1941 - 11/19/1946) indicates
that he was taken prisoner on D-Day and was in Stalag 4B Muhlberg Sachsen
51-13 when he died.
He was awarded the Purple Heart