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posted 5/6/2013 6:46:59 PM    Click here to view the profile for rkopitskie  Click here to email rkopitskie  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Looking for any info, tales, stories, or facts on my Uncle Jack. His full name was John A Kurtz, with the 493rd Arm Fd Art Bat Battery A. All I know was that he was a POW. Not sure which camp, dates, etc he was in. He never spoke much about it. I did inherit my Aunt Irene's 12AD clock that was given to Jack by the association. It is proudly displayed in our home.


posted 5/7/2013 12:21:43 PM  Reply w/Quote
volume 1 of HELLCATS has a brief article of John A. Kurtz. He was part of forward observer team at Herrlisheim in support of the 17th Infantry when he was captured.

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posted 5/7/2013 12:39:01 PM    Click here to view the profile for JenniferLenches  Click here to email JenniferLenches  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I completed work on the current POW list and exhibit. In my research I did confirm that John A Kurtz was reported captured on 1/18/1945. National Archive did not list the camp he was taken to. Judging by the date and what Harry has found he probably went with the other 17th men captured. Most of the men of the 17th where sent to Stalag 5A and/or Stalag 11B. There are currently 406 names on the 12th Armored Division POW list.

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posted 5/7/2013 2:01:27 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
The Pictorial History of the 493rd AFA BN. has a report of his being captured. He was captured when the CP of the 17th AIB was overrun at Herrlisheim. Museum has several pictures when he was at Camp Barkeley.Also the book and the Museum website has many pictures of unnamed soldiers of the 493rd.


posted 7/4/2013 12:32:11 PM  Reply w/Quote
1/18/1945 kURTZ, jACK
A-493 XIB POW 119712 VA Ludwigsburg
2-7-45 Jack=John in German POW Records

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