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                                          ADDENDUM
                                               TO
                                            COl\tlBAT
                                               By
                                       Lester O. Gluesenkamp


                  The 1997 Holiday issue of the lOath INFANTRY DIVISION ASSOCIATION NEWS
         listed a letter from the W. D. Warren CONSUL.GENERAL in Liechtenstein, Germany
         concerning two C Company, 397 th Infantry Regiment soldiers who had been taken prisoner on
         May 11, 1945 (Exhibit 1). World War II officially ended on May 5, 1945, although for many, the
         fighting had virtually ceased about two to three weeks earlier. Therefore, the story could not be
         true. I was convinced at the time that no prisoners were captured on this date and neither did I
         recall any prisoners being taken while we were dug in near Urbach. I wrote to the CONSUL -
         GENERAL requesting that he send me a copy of the interrogation report in German (Exhibit 2).
                  In the meantime, I had written a letter to Dr. Foster Mitchen of Cranford, New Jersey,
         who was a soldier in the 2nd squad of the 2nd platoon ofC Company, 397 lh Infantry Regiment at
         the time (Exhibit 3). After receiving my letter, Foster telephoned me advising I me that he recalled
         the incident when two men were captured from his' squad. Fortunately for him, he went to a
         dentist this day and missed the patrol. Foster believed that the two men were recent
         replacements, but he could not recall their names. Subsequently, we learned that Weingarten
         joined the company at Fort Bragg, went overseas with the division while the Stoewer joined the
         company as a replacement in December 1944.
                   I received a letter from Dick Warren, the Consul General, dated May 27, 1998, indicating
          his willingness to send me a copy of the report without revealing their names (Exhibit 4). On June
          10, 1998 (Exhibit 5), I sent Dick Warren, the Consul Genral, a letter requesting a copy of the
          report along with other details known at the time. He sent me a letter (Exhibit 6) dated June 19,
          1998 with details about the two prisoners and the German interrogation report (Exhibit 7). After
          several inquiries, I was able to locate a person, a retired Lutheran minister, Irwin Meseke, who
          could translate the report to English (Exhibit 8).
                   The report revealed more information than was actually available to the prisoners or to me
          at the time. Our orders required that in the event we were captured to only reveal our name, rank
          and serial number. I sent a copy of the report to several members of the division in the hopes of
          learning more about the two prisoners (Exhibit 9). In the meantime, I talked to Frank Likely of
          Shaker Heights, Ohio, a former C Company soldier about the report. Frank conveyed to me an
          internet address where the names could be searched for current addresses and telephone numbers.
          I contacted the website, www.freeality/findt.htm. and I tentatively located the name, address and
          telephone number of both men.
                   Based on my search, I printed the information for later follow up (Exhibit 10). I called
          Eric Weingarten in Trumansburg, New York and William Stoewer in Baltimore, Maryland. Eric
          Weingarten was surprised to receive my call after fifity three years. He and Stoewer were
           captured March 11,1945, not May 11, 1945 as indicated in the letter from the Consul General.
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  We had a long talk. My letter dated August 15, 1998, (Exhibit 11) included my book COMBAT,
  the translated interrogation report and a request to attend the upcoming reunion. I was unable to
  reach William Stoewer by telephone, so I sent him a letter dated August 29, 1998 (Exhibit 12).
           At this time, I was not certain that Stoewer was the same person who was captured on
  March 11, 1945 or if he was still living. According to information contained in the report,
  Stoewer would be about 80 years of age at this time. About three weeks later, I received a
  telephone call from William Stoewer. He was also surprised to hear from me. We had a long
  telephone conversation wherein he related their capture and harried prisoner of war experience. I
  infonned him that Weingarten was still living and I gave him his address and telephone number as
  he had lost track of him over the years. Stoewer indicated his health was not the best, in part due
  to the injuries sustained when the potato hand grenade exploded nearby. Fifty years later, Stoewer
  still has fragments of the grenade in his body. The last fragment to exude out of his skin occurred
  about twenty years ago. On September 28, 1998 (Exhibit 13), I sent a copy ofthe translated
  interrogation to Stoewer along with a copy of my book COrvIBAT. William Stoewer sent me a
  letter dated October 6, 1998 (Exhibit 14) wherein he related his condition and the good news that
   all of us survived through the war.
            As a result of my contacts, Eric Weingarten and his wife were able to attend the reunion.
   A few days later, Eric sent me a letter dated September 14, 1998 (Exhibit 15). His letter recalled
   some of the details of their capture. When we talked over the telephone, he related their harried
, experience traveling through Germany as POW's. In some towns and cities that were recently
   bombed by our air force, the women would throw rocks at them or try to pour boiling water over
   them as they passed beneath their second floor houses. His letter of September 26, 1998 (Exhibit
   16) related more details of their capture and their fortunate survival as POW's.
            Dick Warren, the Consul General, sent me a letter dated February.4, 1999 (Exhibit 17),
   asking me questions regarding interrogation report and information about the Military Personnel
   Records Center. I responded with my letter of February 15, 1999 (Exhibit 18). In my letter, I
   forgot to mention that the morning reports only list the two men as MIA's, with no subsequent
   details of their capture. Neither men are listed as POW's in the THE STORY OF THE
   CENTURY. Dick Warren's letter ofMarch 2, 1999 (Exhibit 19), expressed surprise when he
 - learned that I had contacted both men and that both were still living.
            In June of this year, I received a letters dated June 6 & 19, 1999 (Exhibit 20& 21), from
   Webb Salmon of Piedmont, Alabama who had been a soldier in D Company, 397 th • He was
   attached to C Company at various times as a machine gunner from the weapons platoon. His
   letters and my letter to Webb dated June 12, 1999 (Exhibit 22) reveal an interesting sidelight to
   our days in and about Urbach. The whole story and many more could probably be told if all the
   facts were known to the men involved. In any event we who survived are happy to share these
   stories with our readers.

                                                       Lester O. Gluesenkamp
                                                       4185 Kinoka RD
                                                       Alma, IL 62807
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                                                               Exhibit 1
Holidny issue, 1997                           10ath INFANTRY DIVISION ASSOCIATION
                                                                  r                                                                         15

 tory Channel) and ccttainly shall comment                  a-Notes                              man text, which reads as follow~:
 on the great appreciation and Jespect for                                                          'Regimental Commander (of the 397th)
 our efforts in France nnd even in Germany. is a good chance that I wilT not get to the          replacing Col. Ellis who was killed in ac-
     Enclosed nre copies ()f ne\V~p:lper sto- hotel until after 5:00 p.m. I was wonder-          tion in November (1944) is Col. Single~.
 ries on our receptions in Rimling. Bitche, ing if the reunion items (tickets, etc.) eould          Company Commander of C. Co., 397th
 and Simsheim. I arrangerl with my wife, be left at the hotel registration desk given            is Capt. Roe.
 Bea. to have these trnnslated fmm french to me when I check in. (3) I also noted                   Platoon leaders of platoons I to 3 of Co.
 and German. TIle English versions also are from the reunion schedule of events that             C, 397th, are Lt. Mouyica (1), Lt. Horley.
 enc1o~ed. Other enclosures include the           the business meeting will be held on Sat-      and Lt. Denning.'
 photocopy of my follow-up leHer to the urday, 6 September from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.                   Because oCthe vast amount of informa-
 Mayor of Rimling, a letter from a German r d like to know if the meeting will be open           tion the Gennans obtained from these two
 professor who has puhlished materials on to all members or only to association om-              soldiers and which is included in the in-
 the 100th Infantry Division, some pages . cials, past and present.                              terrogation report, I'm reluctant to give
 fr~m the professor's book alld, for your            Attached is an update of ex-K-398th         their names. As we all know, our instmc-
 infonnation, a notice of my second retire- members who have either passed away or               tions were, elf captured, give only your
 ment-this time from academia. I have moved without leaving a forwarding ad-                     name, rank, and serial number.' The docu-
 some excellent photos of the Rirnling dress. I also enclose copies of an E-mail                  ment is nonetheless interesting and Imay
 events. copies of which had hecn scnt to regarding the demise of Roy Curtis, as                  ask the Army IIi:-;torical Center in Carlisle,
 Jack Walsh.                                       well as .the envelopes which were returned     Pa., if they would want a translation."
      Bea and I look forward to secing you in to us due to non-delivery.
 Charlotte in Scptemher.                             With thanks for your help and best              CONSUL GEN. W.D. WARREN. To
      I am sending a similar lettcr to Joe Col- wishes."                                          Mr. and Mrs. Robert Alcorn. "Dear
  lie. I sent four items, including photos to                                                     Friends, I thought you might like to have
  Bill Young on December 31st but haven't            CONSUL GENERAL 'V.D. WAR-                   copies of a few of the photos I took at the
  heard from him."                                 REN. "Dear Marvin, I had the pleasure          reunion. Unfortunately. I did not write
                                                   of meeting you briefly at the reunion last     down the name of the Gen. Barron's
      CONSUL GENERAL \-V.ll. \VAR- year in Williamsburg and I hope we'll                          comely dinn.er partner but I suppose there
  REN. 2, Am Schraegen Weg, FL-9490 meet again this year in Charlotte. As you                     will be something about in the next Divi-·
  Vaduz, Liechtenstein. "Dear 'Vall, At the will see, I have attached a copy of my last           sion Association News. I do re r nl1 ~hnt the
  top of the June issue of the Association letter to Walt Backus (a cc will also go to            General mentioned she had won the title
  newsleltcr. you wrote that you have no Stan Posess) mainly because I do not want                of 'Anny NCO of the Year' and I assum~
  record of a 11m IJnulshaw c1l1d I will no- to burden Walt unduly with my questions              she is from the I omit Division (IT).
  tify the fellow who asked ahoutthis in due and you and Stan will no doubt know to                   I was very pleased that we were able to
  course. I appreciate your doing the re- whom such queries should be directed.                   field 16 ex-Kl398th members (including
  search on.this and I hope I won't have to Thanks in advance to you and Stan for any             wives) and, as far as I know, this was the
  bother you with this kind of query in the help you may be able to give.                         largest contingent ever to attend a reunion.
   future:                                            In another malter, I noticed in the June     I'm sorry to say that Pittsburgh, Pa., has
       I have a few questions ahout the news- newsletter a contribution by association           . never had a high priority on my list· of
   letter and because these should perhaps be member, Willis Wahl, fonnerly of Co. C,              places I want to visit but the fact that our
. directed to other Divh;ion Association of- 397th, in whiCh he mentioned a Lt. Den-               next reunion will be held there may push
   ficials, I'm sending a copy of this letter to ning who was apparently his platoon               it up a few notches. In any event, I look
   Stan Posess and Marvin Alpert in the hope leader. The name, Lt. Denning, rang a bell            forward to attending as many reunions as
   that it can be passed on to the appropriate . with me and after looking through the             I can before the good Lord calls me to that
   person. My questions are as follows: (1) 100th Division files I have here, I uncov-             big staging area in the sky. It would be
   The article in column I on the front page ered a strange document. It was given to              nice if I could make it to the year 2000 in
   states that this year's reunion will be the me by a member of a military club near              which year I shall celebrate my 75th birth-
   52nd while the President's Report calls it, Bitche on my last visit there in May of             day and 50th anniversary of my college
    'The fiftieth Anniversary Reunion.' I have this year. The document is a six-page re-           graduation.
    the feeling that Joe Collie i!; right but I port of the interrogation of two members               With warm regards."
    can't help wondering why the other article of Co. C, 397th, who were captured in
    call!' it the 52nd. Plcn~e clnrify. (2) I note Urbach (near Bitchc) on 11 May 1945 by            To Mr. & Mr~. Marvin Alpert. "Dear
    from Ihe !;chcdule of evr.nt~ thilt the re- members of the 17th 55 Panzer Gren. Di-            Friends, I rc~lIly like thi$ photo of you! You
    union registration desk at the Adams Mark vision 'Gotz von Berlichingen.' The re-              seem to be bursting with energy and good
    Hotel will close at 5:00 p.m. 011 Thursday, port contains a great deal of infonnation          cheer, giving a fine example to the attend-
     4 September. My flight does not get in about the 100th Division an I'lljust quote             ing ex-Centurymen and their wives.
     until 4:20 p.m. <if it's on time) and there a few lines here, translating from the Ger-                          Continued on Ihenexl page.
                                                             Exhibit 2
12                                            100th INFANTRY DIVISION ASSOCIATION                                         April, 1998

   GEORGE TYREE, 316 Mercer St.
                                                             C-Notes                          touch each Christmas by sending cards
Elizabethtown, KY 42701. Letter to                                                            of cheer. This it was not so cheerful.
Commander, 1 DOth Division (Train-                I hope you are well 01.1 the road to a        Herb retired from the service (30
ing), 360 Century Division Way, Lou-           full recovery and that the holiday sea-        yrs.) as a Colonel. He was a damned
isville, Ky. "With your permission and         son finds you and Selma and your fam-          good soldier and his wife Hilda, was a
at your convenience I would like to            ily in good health and spirits."               wonderful Army wife. With deep regret
present to. you on behalf of myself and                                                       I submit this to TAPS.
my comrades of Company c/\, 1st Bat-             RUSSELL W. SOLOVEY, '494                        Just got a card from Tony Victor, said
talion, 398th Infantry Regiment, 100th         Willowbrook Lane, Box A-5, Roanoke,          . Andy Victor died also.
Infantry (Century) Division, an Ike            VA 24012-8842. "Today I received my               Best regards to my Co. cH' buddies."
jacket with regimental insignia, Divi-         new Association Newsletter. Wowt
sion patch, awarded Distinguished              Plenty news to read about our Asso-             LESTERO.GLUESE~,C
Service Cross attached (picture en-            ciation. Marv, we'll be looking for our       Compan)', 397th Inf., 4185 Kinoka Rd.,
closed), plaque and framed citation            next issue with anticipation. Good luck       Alma, IL 62807. " Your latest newslet-
awarding the D.S.C., in memory ofT!            with your publication. I'm proud .to          ter must be a first for the Association
Sgt. Frank B. Bujnowski, our platoon           have had you in our section."        .        and the greatest ever. I enjoyed read-
sergeant and beloved comrade to be                                                           ing all the tidbits of information and
placed in the 100th Division (Training)            ALDEN SMALL, Apt. 9, 5 Davis              stories that you covered. I suspect that
Museum for remembrance and poster-              Mountain Rd., Hendersonville, NC             your wife was a great help in getting
ity.                                            28739. "Enjoyed talking with you over        out to the members. Anyway, thanks
   If at all possible I would like to           the phone yesterday and pleased to           for your efforts.
 present to you the above mentioned             hear from you.                                  On page 15, center, was a copy of a
 items on the morning or afternoon of              Congratulations on the splendid edi-      letter from the Consul General W.D.
the 8th of April, 1994, the 49th anni-          tion of the Division Association News-       Warren regarding two C Company
versary of his death. .                         letter. It was great to see you·presented    POW's who gave a great amount of
   Accompanying me on this presenta-            so much ofthe style instigated by those      information to the enemy. The story
 tion will be representatives of Chap-          who began the letter years ago. We           intrigued me since the company did
 ter 567, Military Order of the Purple'         should be ever grateful to Jack Walsh        not go into Urbach, although a patrol
 Heart, Radcliff, Ky."                          and his colleagues who.faithfully de-        may have gone into the area between
                                                livered the news, stories and plans for      January 1 and March 15. I am not
   ROBERT G. TESSMER, 32 Shady                , future activity. The chronology treat-       aware of any C Company prisoners
 Hollow Dr.,Dearborn.,MI 48124. "I just         ment is important as we learn. of the        that were captured during this period.
 received my copy ofthe Division News-          passing of so many good buddies.             In addition, the names of Col. Ellis and
.letter and wanted to go on record with            Am enclosing addresses of                  Capt. Roe are.correct, but the other
 you that it is absolutely the best. You        Stegmaier and Reinecke, G4 and G2             names appear to have been deliber-
 have a wonderful collection of letters,        respectively.                                 ately misspelled. Most likel~ any other
 articles, photos, etc., that make for fas-        Also news ofloss ofJohn MacCauley          information would also have been dis-
 cinating reading. I thought the proof          of Columbia, S.C.-a great help with           torted or possibly made up. Whatever
 copies· that we received in Philadelphia       our contacts at Ft. Jackson. Knew all         the case. I see no harm in divulging
 were good, but the final article is much        the folks who made place tick.               their names and the contents of their
 bette.r.                                          Hopefully, Rabinowitz will make            interrogation to all members of the
    Please make a correction in my ad-           contact with me. Should you have a           division. There were two C Company
 dress as listed in the column ofTrust-          way I may contact him. I shall be de-        soldiers who were. captured in the hole
 ees. I no longer have a P.O. Box and it,        lighted to do so.                            next to mine on December 1, 1944, but
 confuses the post office when that                Trust you will have a good new year        they were both executed shortly after          j:
 number appears so please delete it.             and that you and Selma have an op-           they left our area.     '
    I was especially pleased to see the          portunity to represent the Division on         I would appreciate your efforts to          I
                                                                                                                                          .. I
 dues envelope and the reference to the          occasion. You both have demonstrated         secure the translation ofthis document
 fact that they would be removed from            how much you care for the good and           and the pubiishing ofthe translation."
 the mailing list for non payment. I am          welfare of this fine organization."
 a strong believer that dues notices                                                            LESTER O. GLUESENKAMP,
 should be made only once a year, with            SISGT. CHARLIE SMITH, Co. H,                (letter to FOIAJPA Division, Freedom
 full expectation that remittance fol-          399th. "I was notified of the death of        Office). "I request permission to have
 lows. Follow up notices for non pay-           former 1st Sgt. Herb Turner. He passed        access to Company C, 397th Infantry
 ment can then be sent to delinquents.          away last August at his home in               Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, 7th
 I found that a notice in every newslet-        Roanoke, Va. He was 1st Sgt. ofa Head-        Army, morning reports with personnel
 ter was, confusing and many times in           quarters Company in either the 397th          changes for the period of October 6,
 the past, Ijust passed it over. I'm sure       or 398th.                                     1944 through April 30, 1945. This was
 others did the same thing.                       Funny how life is, we have stayed in        the period' of my combat experience
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      April,1998                                 100th INFANTRY DIVISION ASSOCIATION                                             13

       with the Division. I have written a                      C-Notes
                                                                                            historian, are certainly the best can-
       book of my recollections and I would                                                 didate.
       like to add this record to my story.       stopped by to visit them after this pic-    I am attempting to put together a
         Enclosed are copies of letters ad-       ture was taken.                           newsletter for my' old company, Hdq.
       dressed to the National Personnel             T/Sgt. Charles Carey received the Co., 2nd Btn., 397th Regiment. The
     , Records Center in St. Louis and a copy     CMH posthumously for his heroic search engines available on the
       of their response. The records do exist    deeds done while with the 100th Inf. internet make it possible to locate, in
       at the NPRC and I would like to set        Div. in France in WWII. At Louisville, many cases, the men in various out-
       up an appointment to enable them to        where you have been, the 100th Divi- fits for whom addresses have been lost.
       pull the records and provide space for     sion museum has a bronze plaque com- I've located many in my company this
       copy and review."            .             memorating CMH recipients: Sgt. way and many more in the division for
                                                  Care:y, Lt. Silk, and you. There is no Bill Young-who, by the wa:y, is in the
         ALFRED E. SCHEY, 3214 Paces              picture of Sgt. Care)'. I finally got in hospital after a heart attack. One of
      Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30339-3787..         touch with Mrs'. Eva Carey, Sgt. the things I want to obtain is a list of
      "Just a quick note to let you know that     Carey's widow. She still lives in Chey- the men in my company who were cap-
      I've had two responses to my letter you     enne, Wyo. Mrs. Carey is going to sup- tured. We lost quite a few in the
      had published in the 100th Infantry         ply us with a picture of Sgt. Carey so Rimling battle.
      Newsletter. One was from a Mrs.             it can be placed with Lt. Silk and your      Our division book 'The Story of the-
      Costello (Ohio) whose deceased hus-         pictures at the museum in Louisville. Century' contains a list ofthe captured
      band had served with the 100th Inf.         Mrs. Carey is' 78 years old now and Sgt. for most of the battalions, but for some
      Div. near Stuttgart. Another was from       Carey would have been 82 years old. reason, the list was omitted for the 2nd
      a Charles Bodenhammer who was in            It so happens that the man who wit- Battalion. Can you supply this for me
      the CIC attached to the 100th Inf. Div.     nessed Sgt. Carey's' deeds lives here or, if not, can you suggest where I
      and who lives here in Atlanta. We're        in Naples, Fl. Mrs. Carey plans to get might obtain such a list? I really need
      planning on getting together in the         in touch with him as she has never had this and would appreciate any help you
      near future.                                a full accounting of how he died.         are able to give."
         Please, can you arrange for a copy of       Mike, the memorials that exist for
      that newsletter to be mailed to me? I       the 100th Division bring back the            FRANKLIN L. GURLEY, 1626
      tried to call you, but the number (215)     memories of incidents, which at the Romanens, Fribourg, Switzerland.
      695-1772 is not working?!? Maybe I          time, may have not been the best, but "Dear Doc, replying to your Nov. 7 let-
      copied it wrong (and I can't find your      with the passing of time, that which is ter, our new secretary Marv Alpert
      original letter.)         .                  remembered is only the best.             happened to phone me yesterday just
                                 a
         For now, let me wish you happy and          At the entrance to the Air Force after your letter arrived, so I asked for
      successful New Year!"                        Museum at Dayton, Ohio, the follow- his advice. I explained that; the Divi-
         Editor's note: My correct phone num-      ing is on a plaque-"For those who .sion history omits a list of 'captured'
      ber is (215) 698-1772.                       fight for them, life and liberty have a for the 2nd Btn., 397th.
                                                   flavor the protected and the indiffer-      Marv said he would be glad to \yrite
        DAVID A. CHILD, 606 Third Street           ent never know-Anon." We who the to St. Louis and I agreed to send him
      Ext., Manchester, GA 31816."1 am in-         Lord has permitted to live thes'e 50 or your letter. I suppose he would need
      terested in locating members of the          more years, last past, know this to be whatever names you have before pro-
      398th football team that stayed in           a great truism.                           ceeding further.
      Waiblingen in the fall of'45.                   On May 1 and 2, 1998, at DeLand,         I leave the initiative to you and Marv
        We won the Division championship           Florida, near Daytona, the Florida on the exact next steps.
      at the stadium in Esslingen.                 Chapter of the 100th Inf. Div. Assoc. of    Good luck on your plan to put out a
        Bob Hope came to visit at the sta-         WWII will have their annual reunion. newsletter for Hq. Co., 2nd Bn., 397th.
      dium also."                                  If you are in the area at the time, you Enclosed is the latest newsletter (page
                                                   are always welcome to attend.             16) of Co. A, 398th, with the editor's
        JACK POINTER, 105 Erie Drive,                 Thanks for inviting me to see the P- address in case you want to see his
      Naples, FL 34110. (Letter written to         38 that is planned for Maj. Richard approach. With all good wishes."
      Michael Colalillo). "Enclosed are some       Bong's memorial building in Poplar,
      pictures taken on September 12, 1997         Wis.                                        JOHN C. ANGIER, III, #338, Na-
      at the Minnesota ANG hangar at                  Also, Happy Birthday, December 1, tional Adjutant, 67 Ocean Drive, St.
      Duluth, 1A. I plan to send a copy of the     Mike."                                    Augustine, FL 32084.
      one that you and I are in to Marvin                                                      "Dear Bill Correll, read your letter
      Alpert for the 100th Newsletter. Also I         LEWIS "DOC' EMERSON, 101 with interest in the C-NOTES in the
      will send a copy to Jerry (Bong) and'         Calvin Lane, Oak-Ridge, TN 37830. 100th Newsletter. You are correct in
      Lyle Fechtelkotter at Poplar, Wis.,           (Letter to Frank Gurley). "I have a re- your knowledge ofCharlie Compton.
      where the P-~8 is t9 be housed in a           quest and don't quite know to whom it As you know, he was an All-American
      memorial building in the future. I            should be addressed, b.ut you, as our                  Continued on the next page.
                        Exhibit 3




                        May 17, 1998

Dr. Foster Mitchem
4 Woods Hole Rd
Cranford, NJ 07016
Dear Foster;
I am sorry that I missed you call the other day.
Maybe we can talk more about Urbach at the reunion.
Enclosed are pictures that Bill Adams took while
visiting Urbach in 1996 along with his letter. In
thinking back to 1945, I recall going on patrols into a
small town in a valley between our positions and the
enemy. Nothing happened on these patrols. The town
must have been Urbach. Please bring these pictures to
the reunion for all to see.
Enclosed is a memo prepared for me by the company clerk
in stuttgart at the time I was writing my diary of
combat experience. The memo indicates that we were        "
positioned in or near Urbach for several weeks, but not
on March 11, 1945. Whatever may be the facts, I hope
that more information comes to light at our next
reunion. Adell and I plan to attend.
Sincerely,


Lester O. Gluesenkamp
                                                               --   --   --------------------,

                                      Exhibit 4
                      CONSUL GENERALW.D.WARREN, KHS
                             2. AM SCHRAEGEN WEG
                                 FL-9490 VADUZ
                                     LIECHTENSTEIN
                    TEL: (075) 232 21 92 FA.)<: (075) 2320301
                        Internet (E-mail)consgenw@warren.LOL.1i




Mr. Lester O. Glusenkamp
4185 Kinoka Road
Alma, IL 62807
U.S.A.                                                                        27 May 1998
                                                                                  WDW/ul




Dear Fonner Centuryman,

In your letter to the Division Association News which was printed in the April issue,
you mentioned my letter concerning a report of the interrogation of two POW's from C
                h
Company, 39t which appeared in the Holiday issue. My letter was originally sent to
Marvin Alpert but I unfortunately have not been able as yet to locate a copy in my files.
There is at least one error in my letter as it appears in the Div. Assoc. News, viz. that the
two POW's were captured on 11 May 1945". This, of course, should .read, "11 March
1945".                                                                          .

Because you yourself mentioned in your letter that the information contained in the
report of interrogation might have been "...distorted or possibly made up",. and the
chances of ever setting the record straight after so many years is so unlikely, I am still
reluctant to divulge the names of the soldiers who were allegedly involved. If you wish,
I would be willing to send you a copy of the six pages of the report of interrogation
which, as I mentioned in my letter to Marvin, is in German~

I look forward to hearing from you and hope you can understand the position I am
taking in this matter.

Sincerely yours,




 Dirk Warren
                        Exhibit 5


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                       June 10,1998


Consul General W.D. Warren, KHS
2,AM SCHRAEGEN WEG
FL-9490 VADUZ
LIECHTENSTEIN
Dear Consul General,
Thank you for letter of May 27, 1998 regarding the two
POW's from C Company 397th. I would be pleased to
receive a copy of the interrogation report in German.
My wife and I can still read some German. If we need
help, I know a relative who is very familiar with
translating German handwriting.
After my letter was published in the Century           .
newsletter, t received a call from a former member of C
Company. He remembers the prisoner incident, but since
he was at the dentist, he did not recall their names.
He did remember that both were recent replacements.
The published division and regiment records do not
reflect any C Company prisoners. I hope to visit the
Personnel Record Center later this month to review the
personnel changes. My visit has been delayed because
of my recent open heart surgery operation.
Sincerely,


Lester O. Gluesenkamp
                                   Exhibit 6
                     CONSUL GENERAL,W.D.WARREN, KHS
                            2. AM SCHRA~'GEN WEG
                                    FL-9490 VADUZ
                                     LIECHTENSTEIN
                    TEL: (075) 232,2" 92 F~: (075) 23203 01
                        Internet (E-mail)consgenw@warren.LOL.1i

Mr. Lester O. Glusenkamp
4185 Kinoka Road
Alma, IL 62807
U.S.A.                                                                     19 June 1998
                                                                               WDW/ul

Dear Lester,

In response to your letter of 10 June 1998, I enclose the six pages which comprise the
                                                                 ND
report of interrogation conducted by an SS-Untersturmfiihrer (2 Lt.) by the name of
Hornung and countersigned by an SS-Hauptsturmfiihrer (Capt.) named Ebert. Both of
these officers were members of the 17 SS Panzer Grenadier Division "Go/z von
Berlichingen ",

You will note that the six pages are numbered 1. to 6. by hand over the printed numbers
19. to 23. and page 6. does not have a printed number. I have no idea why the numbers
were written by hand nor do I know who did this. You may also have a problem, as I
did, with the numbers and letters used in the report, e.g. on page 5. paragraph 12.) is
missing and between paragraph 15.) on page 5. and paragraph 17.) on page 6., paragraph
16.) is missing.                                        .

There are other difficulties I ran into in connection with the numbers and letters used in
various paragraphs but, it seems apparent that the report concerns primarily two U.S.
prisoners who were captured in Urbach on 11 March 1945, viz.

        - Pvt. Eric Weingarten, 42130731 of New York, 19 years old, single, student of
          engineering, jewish by birth and religion
                               and
        - Pvt. Wil~iam Stoewer, 33890434 of Maryland, 26 years old, married, 1 child,
          welder, Lutheran and of German descent.           .

 Both of these soldiers were menlbers of C Company, 397 Regt. 100th Division.

 Several other officers of the' 100th Division were named as follows:

        - Col. Singles allegedly replaced Col. Elles (Ellis?) as Regimental Commander
                      h
          of the 39i when the latter was killed in action in November 1944.
                                            st               h
        - Lt. Col. King was commander, 1 Battalion, 39i •
                                               h
        - Capt. Roe was C.O. orco.c, 39i •
                                                                            nd     rd
        - The following officers are named as Platoon Leaders of the 1 t, 2 and' 3
                                                                        S

                                th
          Platoons, Co. C, 397 :
                        - Lt. Mouyica (?) lie
                - Lt. Horley
                - Lt. Denning

         * the question mark is in the printed text.
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                                          -2-

At the top of page 1., described as ErfolgsmelJjung (Report of results) you will see that
three prisoners were taken, three were killed and one was seriously wounded and these
are U.S. troops. ·After Eigener Ausfall (German casualties) one seriously wounded is
mentioned. In the report itself, I could find no mention of the three U.S. soldiers K.LA.
or the one seriously wounded and only two prisoners are mentioned..

Here are some abbreviations which may cause you some problems:

       - J.D.         Infantry Division
       - J. Regt.     Infantry Regiment
       - Kp.          company
       - F.P. Nr      APO number
       - Kg{.         Prisoner of war
       - Panzer Btl. Tank battalion
       - MG.          Machine gun
       - z. T         at this time
       - Div. GelS/d. Division Headquarters
       - Lkw          Truck

As I mentioned in my letter to you of 27 May 1998, because I have no idea how accurate
the information continued in the ,German report may be, I would appreciate it. if you
would not mention me as the source of this perhaps fabricated documentation.

Good luck with the translation of the report. This is printed 'so it will be easier than
doing the job from a hand-written text. I hope you have a speedy and complete recovery
from your open-heart surgery. I had a cor~nary artery occlusion in 1995 and was treated
again in March of this year for angina pectoris. In both case an angiographic
examination was perfonned but other heart surgery was not deemed necessary.

 Sincerely yours,



      ~--
                                 Exhibit 7



                                                 ."

l:

     Erfolgsme1dung:           2 Gefangene, 3 Tote, 1 Schwerverwundeter.
     Eigener Ausfall:          1 Schwerverwundeter.
                                                        a.B. gez. Hornung
                                                        SS-U nterstunnfiihrer




                                 "
     Die heiden gefangenen Amerikaner wurden sofort zur Division gehracht
     umI don vernommen. Nacqitehend das Vemehmungsprotokoll:

      17.   SS-P~mzer-GrenaJier-Division       Div.Gef.Std., den 12. 3. 1945'
            7tGotz yon Berlichungen-
                                          NL   Gefangenenvemehmung Nr. 21

     Bet...: 100. a.J. D., 397. J. Rgt.
             C-Kp., F.P.Nr. 447
      Gefangennahme in Urbach am 11. 3. 1945
       1) a Gefr. Weingarten, Eric
1         h 42130731 New York, 19 Jahre aIt, ledig, Student des Masch.-baus,
            jiid. Abstammung und Religion.
      II
                                           --~;I                              k                                 Exhibit 7
                                                             ,
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                                                                              !
volkerung in Frankreich (Raon l' Etape, Senones)
 ickenden Amerikaner lebhaft begriiBt, gekiiBt und
etzigen Einsatzraum ist die Haltung der Bevolke~                                                                                    '"\..
 geisten aber auch nicht unfreundlich.               J       •
  Kgf. denen di.e K~. b,egegnet sind, seien gut      I.
 n. 1m,Lazarett m Dleuze. hat der Kgf. zu A) mit 2   \       I
im gleichen Raum gelegen.                            ~ :
echer werden nach Ansicht des Kgf. zu A) in den      Ii,
ten b~opders Adolf Hitler und Heinrich Himmler       ~'
deutsche Zivilbevolkerung solI gerecht aber streng   l'
 n.       ..........                                     ~       I
               ....   Fiir das Divisionskommando ~l"
                       Der 1. Generalstabsoffizier  ·                                                          2 Gefangene, 3 Tote, 1 Schwerverwundeter.
                                                                                      Erfolgsmeldung:
                      1. A.     gez. Ebert         1:                                                          1 Schwerverwundeter.
                                                                                      Eigener Ausfall:
                          SS-Hauotsturmfiihrer           'I
                                                          ..                                                                                a. B. gez. Hornung
                                                                                                                                            SS-Untersturmfiihrer
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                                                                                                                      ,t'
                                                                                      Die heiden gefangenen Amerikaner wurden sofon zur Division gebracht
                                                                                      und dort vemommen. ~~c¥tehend das Vemehmungsprotokoll: .
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                                                                                        17.   ss_panzer-Gr~nadier-Division         Div.Gef.Std., den 12. 3. 1945-
                                                                                              "Gotz von Berlichungen-
                                                         11                                                              AIL       Gefangenenvemehmung Nr. 21
                                                         Lf
                                                             I                         Bett.: 100. a.J.D., 397. ].Rgt.
                                                                                               C-Kp., F.P.Nr. 447
                                                                                       Gefangennahme in Urbach am 11. 3.1945
                                                             -l:                         1) a Gefr. Weingarten, Eric
                                                             III
                                                             d.
                                                                                            b 42130731 New York, 19 Jahre alt, ledig, Student des Masch.-haus,
                                                                                                j,iid. AbstamIDung und Religion.
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•
, Kg£. nimmt an, daB es sich um ein               ZugfUhrer: 1-3 Zug C-Komp. 397 Leutnant Mouyica (?), Leut-
                            .                     nant Horley und Leutnant Denning.
oche 8 Panzer auf der.StraBe in Bining   11) b    Die Gasausriistung muB am Mann mitgefUhn werden, wurde
merikanische, einige franz. Besatzung             jedoch bei dem Unternehmen, das zur Gefangenschaft fiihrte, im
horigkeit unbekannt.                              Stellungsloch zuriickgelassen.
                                             c    Ausstattung 1000/0.
 n der Front eingesetzten Kp. uglich 2       d    Erganzung sofon und ohne Ersatzleistung.
werden mit einem Jeep etwa in die            e    Letzter Gasunterricht in den Vereinigten Staaten, insgesamt etwa
   und von dort in Essentragern nach              10 Stunden, dabei 2 Gasraumproben.
 n etwa 08.00 Uhr u. 14.00 Uhr. Da       13) a    Gute Moral, gutes Verhiltnis zu Offizieren und Unteroffizieren.
  einer Nachbarkomp. 6 Mann 'beim                Jeweils darf 1 Mann der Komp. fUr 4 Tage nach Paris in Urlaub.
huB verwundet wurden, besteht jetzt          b    Politische Belehrung wahrend der Ausbildung in den Vereinigten
 2-3 Mann beim Essen[assen zusam-                Staaten, nicht jedoch in Europa; Grundtendenz: Deutschland hat
                                                 den Krieg begonnen, urn die Welt zu erobern und ihn auBerst
huB sind bei dem Essenfassen wah-                 brutal gefiihrt.
nie eingetreten.                                 Sowohl bei der politischen BeIeh~ng wie in der allgemeinen
 Zustand befindlichen franz. StraBen             WertSchatzung wird der deutsche Gegner mehr geschatzt und
ausgebessert.                                    geachtet als der japanische.
B) im Ersatzlager: 15603                    d    Beide Kgf. rcchnen mit dem siegreichen Ende des Krieges, verzich-
ndwo in Frankreich befindlichen                  ten aber mit Riicksicht auf haufige friihere Fehlschatzung auf
er 78. J.D.: Feldpostamt 78.                     irgendwelche Zeitangaben.
volle Starke und fUhrt die im USA-               Innere Unruhen werden fUr den Fall befiirchtet, daB den demobili-
neten Waffen mit.                                sierten Soldaten nicht die aIten Arbeitsplitze offenstehen.
 die Kp. seit Mitte Januar folgende      14) a   Der Kgf. zu B) haBt die Juden, die am Kriege verdienen und sich
  12 Verwundete und etwa 20 FuB-                 vorwiegend" bei den riickwartigen Diensten aufhalten. Der Kg£. zu
                                                 A) gibe zwar den starken jiidischen EinfluB in den Vereinigten
all umgehe~d durch Ersatz au~gegl.               Staaten zu, meint aber, daB er keineswegs ausgereicht habe Ameri-
 csche MG. 42 wird ebenso wie die                ka zum Kriegseintritt zu veranlassen.
lak sehr gefiirchtet.                       c    Boischewistische Zersetzungsarbeit unbekannt. Der Kg£. zu A)
B diedeutschen Panzer z. T. mit der              meint: Wir haben den BoIschewismus nicht gem, aber RuBiand ist
 (! als .,8,8" offenbar das richtige                                                wir
                                                 nun einmal unser AlIiiener und .... . kommen eher nach Hause,
                                                 wenn er gewinnt. '
 r 100. a.J. D. muBte vor Monaten        15) d   Auch der Kgf., zu A) gibt einen empfindlichen Antisemitismus in
 er jetzt getragen werden.                       den Vereinigten Staaten zu, dessen Verringerung er von einem
 s im November gefallenen Oberst                 jiidischen Palastina mit Einwanderungsmoglichkeit erhofft. Die
                                                 Negerfrage ist im Heer niche akut, da die Farbigen in getrennten
bersdeutnant Kin'g.                              Einheiten dienen, die meist im riickwartigen Gebiet Verwendung
mann Roe.                                        finden.
                                                                                                               ~~
        tJ
 m                                                     nach riickwartS abgesetzt, letzterer fast' 1000 m. AuBerdem sind die
 26 Jahre alt, verh., 1 Kind, Schweisser, luth.,       Stellungen der jeweils in Reserve befindlichen Komp. des Btl. etwa
                                                       2 km weiter riickwartS in gleicher.Weise aufgebaut, wie die Stellun-
 ng
wanderten 1920 aus Wien nach New York aus.             gen der beiden Front-Komp. Die Angehorigen der Reserve-
 esitzt in Manhattan ein Schokoladengeschaft.          Komp. wohnen ebenfalls in den Feldstellungen, nur wenige Man-
acheinander Public School, High School und             ner durfen zur Korperpflege jeweils eine nahegelegene Onschaft
  er sich als M~chineningenieur vorbereitete.          (wahrscheinlich Bining) aufsuchen. In etwa 4 Monaten haben die
 1944 nach Camp Wheeler, Ga, wo er zum 18.             Angehorigen nur etwa 3-4 x in Hausem geschlafen.
  September 1944 nach Fort Bragg, N.C., zur             Gegen 12.00 Uhr wurde zwischen den beiden HKL. durch die
 Rgt. 21. 10. 44 Landung in Marseille.                 links neben der C-Kp. eingesetzte A-Kp. ein deutscher Spahtrupp
n den Raum Baccarat. November 1944 3 Wo-                bemerkt. Darauf erhielt eine Gruppe bestehend aus 2 Offizieren,
  Vogesen - geringe Verluste. Dezember 1944             1 Uffz. und 4 Mann den Kampfauftrag, den deutschen Spahtrupp
 aum Mutterhausen - Unterbringung in Bun-               abzuschneiden und nach Moglichkeit gefangenzunehmen. Ohne
   Lkw.~Transport in die Nwe des jetzigen               Feindberiihrung gelangte die Gruppe bis Urbach, iiber dieLage
 tellungen der abgelosten 44. a.J.D. bezogen            ·des durchquenen Minenfeldes wuBten nur die fiihrenden Leutnan-
 ar bis 11. 3. im Lazarett Dieuze.                       te Bescheid. In Urbach teilte sich die Gruppe, urn die Hauser der
 l, 1 Jahr Oberschule, Handelsschule, 7 Jahre            Ortschaft von der StraBen- und Feldseite aus zu durchsuchen. Sie
 weisser in der Bethlehem Steel Corp. Werft in           gingen hierhei langsam und vorsichtig zu Werk, weil zwar bekannt
                                                         war, daB einige Hauser vermint waren, aber nicht welche. Aus
  1944 nach Fort Meade, Md. dann nach Fort               einem der Hauser erhielt die aus einem Offizier und 3 Mann
  17-wochigen Grundausbildung. Zuriick nach              bestehende Halbgruppe der Kgf. Feuer, durch das einer der Min-
   November 1944 Einschif~ in New York                   ner schwerverwundet wurde, wahrend der Kgf. zu B) durch
9000 Mann auf der "Varnavon Castle". 1m                  Handgranatensplitter 1eicht an der rechten Hand verletzt wurde.
  Boote) mit, 4':"5' Zerstorem nach Glasgow.              Der Offizier hefahl ihnen, dort zu bleiben, entfernte sich selbst in
4. Don Aufteilung in Waffengattungen. Lkw-                unbekannter Richtung. Durch aus dem Haus herauskommende
 ·nach Southampton am 5. 12. 44 Einschiffung              deutsche Soldaten wurden die Kgf. gefangengenommen.
 chter-Landung am 7. 12. 44 iiber Nacht in         4) a Soweit die Kgf. unterrichtet sind, entspricht die Gliederung ihres
 satzlager 25 km entfemt. Zur C-Kp. am 17.                Rgt. der Au£stellung im USA-Taschenbuch Seite 18£.
 mmen mit 11 1v1annem. Einheit lag s.Zt. im           b Von den Schiitzenkom·p..4er Btl. liegt stets 'eine in Reserve, im
ung. Nach 4 Tagen nach Muttershausen, dann                vorliegenden Fall die B.-Kolnp. 'Cher die Divisions-Reserve sind
 tWeiler, Epping-Urbach. Seit 22. Februar bei             die Kgf. nicht unterrichtet..... .,
                                                           "
Am 1. Man zum Rastlager Saarburg. Nach 5              c Uber die Nachbam des I. Btl. sind die Kgf. nicht unterrichtet.
 ben Stellung.                                            Geriichtweise wurde ihnen bekannt, daB links neben der A-Kp.
1. Btl. liegen in selbstgebauten Bunkerstellun-           die 44. a.J. D. liegen solI.
einem Schiitzenloch liegen mehr als 3 Mann.           d Kgf. zu B) gibt an: Div.GeL Std. in Saarburg, Btl. Gel. Std. in
wechseln von etwa 10 bis etwa lQO m. Tiefen-              Bining.
 n Angaben der Gefangenen nicht vorhanden,            e Kgf. IU A) hat am 11. 3. auf dem Weg zur Front an der StraBen-
her der Zugfiihrer und der Kp.-Gefechtsstand              gabel etwa 1 km O. HottWeiler 3 amerik. Panzer gesehen, Trup-
                            "
                                                                                                                            3.
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                                         Exhibit 8


                       REPORT OF INTERROGATlON
                                       by
                         SS-Untersturmfuhrer (2nd Lt.)
                       Countersigned by SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer (Capt.
                         17 SS Panzer Grenadier Division
                            . "Gotz von Berlichinger"

English Translation:

Report of results: 2 prisoners, 3 dead, 1 seriously wounded
                   German casualties: 1 seriously wounded

        The two captured Americans were taken to the Division Headquarters at once and
registered there. The report data follows: .

17 SS-Tank Infantry Division          Division Headquarters; March 12, 1945
      "Gotz von Berlichungen"

                                      NL Capture No 21.

Betr. IOOth Infantry Division, 397th Infantry Regiment
        Company C, APO No. 447

Captives taken in Urbach on March.ll, 1945.
       1. a. Prisoner Pvt. Eric Weingarten                      .
         b. 42130731 ofNew York, 19 years old, single, student of
            mechanical engineering. Jewish by birth and religion.

        2. a. Prisoner Pvt. Wtlliam Stoewer
          b. 33890434 ofMaryland, 26 years old, married, one child, a welder,
              Lutheran of Gennan descent.

1. a. (Refers to Weingarten) The war prisoner's parents emigrated·from Vienna to New York in .
        1920. His father has a chocolate business in Manhattan. He attended public elementary
        and high school and City College where he trained to be a mechanical engineer.
  b. He was called into service and reported at Camp Wheeler, GA on April 6,1944 where he
        belonged to the 18th Aush.(Training?) Battalion. To Fort Brag, NC on September 6, 1944,
        into Company C of the 397th Infantry Regiment. Landed at Marseille on October 10, 1944.
  c. He served in Truck Transportation in the Baccarat area. In November J944 he served in
        battle in the Vosges Mountains with minimal losses. A reserve in the Mutterhousen area in
        December 1944, quartered in bunkers. On December 15 he served in truck transportation
        near the current operational area where the 44th were released from the Infantry Division.
        In military hospital at (Lazarett Dieuze) Diewze from mid-February until March 11.
2. a. (Refers to Stoewer) Attended public school eight-"years, high school one
        year and then in occupational school. Employed as a welder in the ship yards of
        Bethlehem Steel Corp. at Sparrow Point.

     b. Entered the service at Fort ~Ieade, MD. on June 7, 1944, then to lVlacClellan, AL. for 17
           weeks of basic training. Back to Ft. Meade. Embarked on the "Varna von Castle" with
           about 8000-9000 men on November 20, 1944. Crossed the·ocean in a convoy of about
           20 ships with 4-5 destroyers. Landed at Glasgow on December 3, 1944, and were
           separated into branches of service there. Traveled by truck across England to
         . Southhampton on December 5, 1944. Embarked for LeHarve by barge and landed there
           during the night ofDecember 7, 1944, in staging area and on to an operational area 25
           km. away. To Company C together with eleven men. The unit at that time had its position
           in the Bitsch area On to Mutterhausen after four days and then to Hottweiler, Bettweiler,
           Epping-Urbach. Stationed at Urbach since February 22. To rest area at
           Saarburg· on March 1 and back to the same position after five days.

3.     The companies of the 1st Battalion are in self-constructed bunkers south of Urbach, not more
         three men in on defense hole. Areas between varied from about 10 to 100 m. According
         to the irifonnation from the prisoners· the depth of the detachment was not known,
         however, the holes of the platoon and the company command post were back as far as
         1000 m. Besides that, at times the reserves of a company of the battalion are to be·
         found further back than 2 km. with positions constructed in the same way as both
         companies in the front. Those who belong to the reserve companies also live in field
         positions. Only a few men at a time are permitted to look up a place for personal hygiene.
         During about four months the members slept in houses only possibly three or four times.
                 Approaching 12:00 o'clock, a Gennan patrol was seen between the
         HKL (two compames?) to the left next to Company C and Company A. Then a group
         consisting of two officers, one officer and fOUf men as a unit received the combat mission
         ~rder to cut off the patrol, and, if possible, take it captive. The group got to Urbach
         without disturbing the enemy; only the leading lieut.enants knew the way through the
         minefields. The group divided itself in Urbach in order to check the houses of the village
         from the streets and the fields. They worked at this slowly and carefully since they were
         aware that a few houses were mined, but they didn't know which ones. One group
         consisting of an officer and three men was fired on from one of the houses. One of the
         men was injured so that he wasn't able to throw hand grenades with his right hand. The
         officer ordered him to stay there and hide in a secret place. The prisoners of war were
         captured by Gennan soldiers who came out of the houses.

4. a. As far as the prisoners know, their regimental headquarters agrees with page 18t: of the
        USA pocket manual.                                                               .
  b. There's a rifle company of the battalion in reserve, in this case Company B. The prisoners
        have no knowledge about Division reserves.
  c. The prisoners know nothing about neighbors of the 1st Battalion. Via a rumor they are aware
        that possibly the 44 th Infantry Division is at the left of Company A.
 d. Prisoner (B) says: Division Headquarters are in siarburg and battalion headquarters are in
        Bining.
 e. Prisoner (A) on the way to the front saw three American tanks at the fork of the road about
       one knl. East ofHottweiler on March 11. He doesn't know their unit attachment, but feels
       that it's likely an independent tank battalion. Prisoner (B) saw eight tanks on the street in
       Bining about a week ago, some American and some French. Unaware of further troop
       affiliation.
 g. Food storehouse in Bining.
 k. For some time now those serving at the front get two warm meal a day. These are brought to
       the Hottweiler area by jeep and from there they are brought forward by food carriers.
        Serving times are about 8:00 and 14:00 o'clock. When six men at the food center were
       wounded by neighboring company shelling about one to two weeks ago, the order was
       given that not more than two or three men are to be at the food containers at one time.
 I. Apparently sorties of enemy fire never occured. at the food ves~els in the daytime. Long
       distance roads in France have been repaired by German war priso~ers.

5. e. 15603 is the army postal service number for the (B) prisoner. The army
        postal service number for friends of prisoner (B) anywhere in France is No. 78 at the
        Infantry Division field post office 78.

6. a. The prisoners company is close to full strength and carries the weapons listed on page 19 of
        the USA pocket manual.

7. a. Since mid-January, the Company, currently in the replacement area, has lost about three or
        four dead, about twelve wounded and about twenty unable to walk.
  b. In recent time, every drop-out passed by the replacement area.

8. a The German machine gun 42, identified as "Bm" is feared greatly even
        as the ground battle launched anti-aircraft artiller "88".
  d. Prisoner (A) knows that at the present time the Gennan tanks are armed with anti-aircraft
        artillery "88"; "88" is obviously the right ammunition.

9. a. The well known sleeve insigna of the 100th Infantry Division had to be
       kept out of sight for months, but may be worn again now.

10.0. Colonel Singles replaced Colonel Elles, a war casualty in November, as
       Regimental Commander. Lt. Col. King was commander of ]St Battalion, 39~. Capt Roe
       was company commander of Company C of the 397th• The following officers are named as
       Platoon Leaders ofPlatoons J, 2, and 3, Co. C., 397dt., -Lt. Mouyica (?), Lt. Harley and
        Lt. Denning.

II.b. The soldier is to carry the gas mask with him. However, in the
       activity which led up to the capture, it was left in the fox hole.
  c. Equipment, 100%.        .
 d. Completion at once without suppliment from supply.
 e. The last instruction in the use ofgas masks was in the United States
      totalling ten hours, two hours of which was actual practice.

13.a. Morale was good, also relationship with officers and non-commissioned officers. From time
       to time, one person could go to Paris for a four day vacation.         .
 b. Political instruction was included during training in the United State; not Europe. The basic
       emphasis  was   that Gennany started the war in order to conquer the world and carried out
       the war extremely brutally. At the same time, the German enemy was given a more
       respected and higher rating than the Japanese.
 b.. Both prisoners of war anticipate a victorious end ofthe war, but reject any effort to set dates
       as in the past as well as now. There is considerable concern among the troops that their
       old employment will not available for the demobilized soldiers.

14.a. War prisoner (B) hates the Jews who benefit from the war and will claim and hold o'n to
       their earning roles. 'War prisoner (A) agrees that there is a large influx of Jews in the U.S.,
       but feels that this had nothing to do with drawing America into the war.
  c. The number ofreplacements by Bolschevics is UnknOwt:l. Prisoner (A) feels; We don't like
       Bolschevism much, but Russia is now really our ally and we'll get home sooner if she wins.

IS.d. Prisoner (A) also admits to a minimum of anti-semirism in the U.S. but feels that this will
        decrease with a large emigration to Jewish Palestine. The Negro question is not a problem
        in the anny since the colored serve in separate units mostly in areas in the rear.
17.b. The arriving American were actively greeted by civilians in France, kissed and gifted. Their
       attitude is not quite so spirited in operational areas, but also not unfriendly.

I8.a. All German war prisoners with whom our prisoners have met have been treated well.
       Prisoner (A) was in the same same room with two German war prisoners in the arnty
        hospital in Dieuze.                                     ."
  b. In the view of prisoner (A) AdolfHitler and Heinrich Hirnmler especially are considered war
        criminals in the United States. The German civilians should be dealth with justly but also
        strictly.

                                              For the Division Commander
                                              General Staff Officer # 1.
                                           I A (Signed): Capt. Ebert
Footnote 8-3-98
       The numbers and characters do not follow in sequence possibly due to editing by unknown
persons. Neither is there any reference to the three dead or injured soldiers. The "Story of the
Century" only lists the two prisoners as members ofC Company. The morning report of March 12,
1945 reports the two as &UA with no further listing.

                                       Lester O. Gluesenkamp, C Company.
                                Exhibit 9

                                            4185 Killoka RD
                                            Alma, IL 62807
                                            August 5, 1998


To: Marvin Alpert
    Dr. foster Mitchem
    Paul Mosher
    Cal Norman


Enclosed is a copy ofthe German interrogation report ,translated into English,
on the two C Company soldiers taken prisoner on March 11, 1945 at Urbach.
The report leaves many unanswered questions. Did they survive? If they did,
what is their current address. I wrote to William Young with the hope that they
are members ofthe association.

I wonder what we would have revealed had we been captured? Cal, you are one
who has gone through the prisoner ordeal. Maybe you or the others who were
captured, could share your thoughts with the nlel11bers! I plan to bring extra
copies ofthe report to the reunion as well as the morning reportsfrom October
1994 throughApril/945 on C Company39'rh•

See you in September,



Lester O. Gluesenkamp
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                                Exhibit 11
                              August 15, 1998



Dear Eric:

I was happy to learn that you survived your POW ordeal. After reading the
interrogation report, you never know. Your name is not listed as MIA or POW in
the "The Story of the Century". Your name is listed as a member ofC Co. I am
enclosing a copy of the morning report listing you as MIA on March 11~ 1945. I
secured permission to copy the reports at the Personal Records Center in St.
Louis. I was delayed due to my by-pass operation in January ofthis year.

Enclosed is a copy of my story. !fyou want to keep a copy, the cost is $17.00.
You can send me a check, pay me at the reunion or return the copy at that time.
About 75 members ofthe division have written a story oftheir experience. A
listing should be out in the next newsletter.

See you in September,



Lester O. Gluesenkamp
                               Exhibit 12

                              August 29, 1998


William Stoewer
4322 Parkside Dr
Baltimore, :MD 21206-6425

Dear Mr: Stoewer,

I was a Staff Sergeant in Company C, 397th Infantry Regiment of the 100th Infantry
Division in France and Germany during World War II. I was one of the few men
who went over and came back with the division.

You name has recently come to my attention as one who was captured on March
                         of
11, 1945 near the village Urbach in A1sac~orraine. If you read this letter, I
would like to talk to you and send you info~ation about the lOOth Infantry
Association that has its annual reunion this year in Pittsburgh on September 10
throught the 13 th at the Double Tree Hotel. About 500 members attend the
reunions out of a me1l1:bership of about 5000. .

Sincerely,



Lester o. Gluesenkamp
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                                      Exhibit 13
                                 September 28, 1998


  William Stoewer
  4322 Parkside Dr
  Baltimore, :MD 21206-6425

  DearBiII:

  I was glad to receive your telephone call. Weingarten told me that you survived,
  but said he lost track ofyou. Now that you have been found, maybe you can make
  the next reunion. If you join the association, you will be put on the mailing list to
  receive a newsletter about four times a year. I am enclosing a copy from last year.

   I am enclosing the interrogation report that I had translated from German to
  English. I would like to get you reaction to the report. Weingarten said that he did
   not remember all the information that you all revealed. Regardless I see no harm to
  'anyone from reading the report and the near end to the war.

  You may find my story of interest. I could not write the story until 1990-too many
  bad memories.

  Sincerely,

                                                                     1//0--      f//- fr.f~
i ' e r O. Gluesenkamp
                                                                   f'/~- J'(~'''';' 6>$      7/
                Exhibit 14

                        ~322 Parkside Drive
                         Baltimore, Md. 21234
                               October 6, 1998


Lester O. Gluesenkamp
4185 Kinoka Rd.
Alma, Illinois
Dear Lester:
I have been reading your book and find it very
interesting. Glad you made it thru the war
o.k., and also that my foxhole buddy, Eric
Weingarten, is still alive and living inNew
York. Maybe one d~y I'll give him a call.

Lester, since my health is·not very good--my
arthritis limits my ability to walk and be on
my feet, and so I would not be able to attend
any of the reunions.
Enclosed is my check for the $15.00 you mentioned
for the book. Hope you continue to improve
from your surgery.

                             Sincerely,




                               William Stoewer
                                           Exhibit.IS
                                                                                                         ..
                                       Eric Weingarten
                                      39 Cayuga Street
                                 Trumansburg, New Vork 14886



                                        September 14, 1998


Dear Lester:
I am sorry we were not able to meet at the reunion but it was certainly understandable under
the circumstances. Please accept my condolences on your loss. Hopefully, we will meet next
year in Mclean, Virginia
I did have a chance to talk to Merv Jacobsen, Frank Ukly and Foster Mitchem. Foster was in
my squad and vividly remembers the events on the day I and Bill were captured and Fred
Akers was killed. On Friday evening John Bacos sat down at our dinner table an introduced
himself. He was my platoon commander at Fl Bragg and in France, until he traJ:1sferred to B
company. We had a long, interesting talk. My wife and I had a great time at the reunion. Without
exception every one we met was friendly and caring. Unfortunately we were not able to stay for
the Saturday banquet. We will try to plan better next year.                   .

I certainly want to keep the copy of your story; it Is gripping. Vour ability to recall specific dates
and events is amazing. I hope you are planning to publish it. I am trying to write my memoirs
which certainly will include my experiences in the 1oath.                                . .       .
Thank you for the interrogation report which, as you anticipated, I found very interesting. To my
surprise it was straightforward, without Nazi propaganda. The casualty report is wrong. I am
quite sure that Bill, Fred and I were the only casualties in that specific incident. I think they may
have inflated the figures to impress their higher ups. I understand it happens in other armies
also. I don't remember saying some of the things which they attribute to me, but I may have.
Obviously I did not confine myself to name, rank and serial number. I hope that nothing I said
was hurtful to our side.

Best wishes

~~
                                          Exhibit·16

                                         Eric Weingarten
                                        39 Cayuga Str..eet
                                Trumansburg, New York 14886



                                       September 26, 1998




Dear lester:


When your letter came I had been reading your "Story". Among other things it makes me
appreciate that while being a POW was not exactly a quality experience, there is a good .
chance that it saved my life, by making me miss some of the battles you were in, especially
Heilbrunn. I also need to say that all your modesty , candor and even cynicism can not hide the
fact that you were an excellent soldier and leader.
I guess it is OK to publish the interrogation report. My comments would be essentially the
same as in my previous letter. I had half expected the SS to weave some Nazi propaganda into
the report, based on my being Jewish but they did not do so. The report was generally
straightforward, except for the casualty count, which was inflated. I don't remember saying
most of the things which are attributed to me but that doesn't mean that I didn't say them. Fifty
years plus' have passed, after all. I want to correct one item: It is not true that I was born in New
York. I was actually born in Vienna, Austria and came to the US in 1939 as a refugee from
Nazi persecution. I didn't know how my captors would take this and decided to conceal it from
them.
The account of our capture is incomprehensible, and I also had some questions about that at
the reunion. What happened was this :. The three of us, Bill Stowers, Fred Akers, and myself
were clearing houses in the abandoned town, Urbach. I don't remember that we were looking
for mines; we were looking for Germans. We had gotten ahead of the rest of the patrol. They
saw us coming from afar and when we reached their house they fired one shot. We took cover
pressing against the outer wall of the house from which the shot had come. Bill, who was the
tallest, cautiously raised his head over the wall. There was another shot which wounded Fred,
fatally, as it turned out. Simultaneously a hand grenade was thrown from a window and landed
practically at our feet. It went off but apparently was of faulty manufacture and did no damage.
But at that point we had had it and surrendered. Period.
Please feel free to use as many or as few of these comments as you wish, and don't hesitate
to ask any questi~s which occur to you about this.

Sincerely
                                  4



                          CONSUL GENERAL: W.D.WARREN, KI-
                                      2. AM   SCHRAEGEN WEG                         Exhibit 17
                                         FL-9490 VADUZ
                                         LIECHTENSTEIN
                        TEL: (075) 232 21 92      Ei\X: (075) 232 03 01*
                             Internet (E-mail)consgenw@warren.LOL.1i

Lester o. Gulsenkamp
4185 Kinoka Road
Alma, 11 62807
U.S.A.                                                                           4 February 1999
                                                                                        WDW/ul

Dear Lester,

In the Holiday Issue of the 1 DOth Division News, I saw your note on page 21 regarding your
search efforts to locate Pvt. Eric Weingarten und Pvt. William. Stoewer. I was quite surprised that
you located Eric Weingarten. Because William Stoewer's age would now be about 80, it is
entirely possible that he has passed away in the meantime.

I also saw the letter sent to you by the National Personnel Records Center. In reviewing all the
correspondence I have in this matter, I have come up with a number of questions I'd like to pass
on to you and I look forward to hearing from you whenever your time and health permit. My
questions are as follows:

1.)    Were you able to translate the report of interrogation I sent to you?

2.)    Did you mention any parts of the report of interrogation to Eric Weingarten and, if yes,'
did he make any comment as to the accuracy of the report?

3.)     You mentioned that you obtained the addresses and phone numbers of Eric Weingarten
and William Stoewer from an Internet source, Le...www.freeality.com/findt..htm.. and I would
like to know the name of the organization behind this address.

4.)    The Military Personnel Records Center gave you the address of the U.S. Army Center for
Military History in Washington. Did you contact them and, if yes, did you receive any
information relating to this inquiry?

5.)    In your note on page 21 of the Holiday Issue of the 10(Jh Division News you stated at the
beginning that, "this is a follow up to my memo of August 5, 1998". Did this memo appear in
any issue of the lO(Jh Division News? If yes, which one? If not, I would appreciate it if you
would send me a copy.

The above is admittedly a rather tall order and I do not want to burden you with trivial matters. I
would nevertheless be grateful for any further information you may wish to send to me.

 With kind regards,



 Dirk Warren
                                               Exhibit 18



                                           Fehrtu.llY 15, 1999


CONSUL U/';NI'.R,II, ''''.1). ~J'~RREN, KIfS
2, AAI sellRA /'X; EN 1J'/~G
1'1.-9-190 1':-1 /)( Il
1./EC1{77~NS"l1'J N

IJe"r Con\',,',

I will tl}' to (1I1SlI'(''' all your questions. 11,e search jor the truth in this ordeal has been l'el)'
rewarding.

/ was ahl(' 10 '/'ol1slale 'lie il1ler"oj!atioll repo/'t with the help (!{ a retired l.tftheron 111i"ister il1 a
near"y tOU-II. "~\' ,rUt' and flun·'e knowl1 hi111 for mallY years. l';nclosed is a copy of his
translatiol1 Ihal he ",role out il1 longhalld

 Copies (!{ tITe 1'c!J0lt1f'ere sent to J'Veil1garten and Stoewer. As Weingarten indicated, he has 110
 recollectio11 (?{ all tl1at he was supposed to have revealed StoeuJer told 111e over the phone that
  JVeillxartell was c1/1 en·itf talker and he ad1110nished hi111 to keep quiet. Both indicated that the
  interrogatio/l report ilu.:luded/njo","ationjrom other than the Iwo ll1en. Bothjelt lucky that they
  were lucky to 110t !la,'C' not been killed by civilians throwing boi/ing water and rocks atthell1 as
. they passed 'hrough {ou'ns recently bOll1hed by our bOll1bers. Stoeu,oers kas injured by the potato
  111asher grenade and the last J1iece ofll1etal came out ofhis skill ahoul twenty years ago.

I/oeated the 1I11/1IeS crnd add,.es.~es (~{ the two men on afirst lIy through the internet sight.
/')u:losed i.\' a (~oPJ' (?f Ihe printed report 011 U'eingarfell. I have 110 knowledge of the organizatiol1
as the report 1f·os.fh!t!.

 I rec:e;ved cOlllplete il!(ofll1atioll Oil viewing the records at the {IS ArnlY Record Center ill St.
 LOllis. 171ey ",ere extrel11ely helpfll! and it only took me about three hours to l11ake photo copies
 (!f the morning reports.

 1~'I1c:losed are ('opies (!f leffel'S fo Marvin Alpert regarding the interrogation report. I do not know
 ~r the letfer ,rill he puhlished il1 the next newsletter.               !




 J hope the aho"£! i1!!()l'/11a!iol1 will answer yo"r question If not send 1I1e an ell1ail.

 Sil1cerely,
                        CONSUL GENERAL )N.D.WARREN, Kf.J
                               2, AM SCHRAEGEN WEG                      Exhibit 19
                                   FL-9490 VADUZ
                                   LIECHTENSTEIN
                     TEL: (075) 232 21 92 F ~ (075) 232 03 01*
                         Internet (E-mail)consgenw@warren.LOL.1i




 Lester O. Gulsenkamp
 4185 Kinoka Road
 Alma, II 62807
 U.S.A.                                                              2 March 1999
                                                                         WDW/ul



 Dear Lester,

 Thanks for your letter of 15 Feb. '99 with the various enclosures concerning your
 research into the capture and ~nterrogation of Privates Stoewer and Weingarten. I
 am still quite surprised that you not only were able to locate these two ex-
 Centurymen but that you managed to get written replies from them.

 Because I am presently quite busy with various projects, I will not have time to
 study the tran~lation of the interrogation report. but I hope to do this within the
 next week or so and get back to you with my comments.

   As I already mentioned, I am not sure that the publication of the report in the
 . Division Asssoc. News (assuming that Marv Alpert decides to do this) is a good
   idea, even though Stoewer and Weingarten have not expressed any objections. I'll
. get back to you as soon as I can.

 Best regards,
                                                                       ·.
                          Exhibit 20



                                       106 Woolf Avenue
                                       Piedmont, Alabama      36272
                                       June 6, 1999



Dear Mr. Gluesenkemp--

     My basic purpose in writing is to ask you to please
send me information about how I may arrange to purchase
a copy of your book Combat.       I was with   C~.   D, 397th,
during all of the IOOth's combat time; we machine gunners
were, of course, from time to time attached to your company.
       Your -reference in the   Apr~l,   1998, issue of the
Assoc. News to the possibility that Co. C may have had a
patrol in Urbach calls to mind a story that may interest
you.    When we moved into the positions near Urbach in late
(after Christmas Eve) December -1944 my best buddy, a daresome
fellow, went to Urbach and took down a door with which to
cover his foxhole (we'd dug in in open terrain). sometime
after that, in very late December or early January, he invited
me to go with him and another fellow (who was later killed
in Heilbr6nn while we were attached to Co. C) to Urbach.
A tr-ip into a "ghost village" lying between us and the
Germans wasn't my idea of an ideal stroll; but of course
I ·went with them, possibly to save face.         As we entered the
east (?) edge of the village, we heard a "Ps-s-st!" and saw
that a GI was signaling to us.         As we approached him he asked
"What are you guys doing here?"          One of us told him we were
just looking around "and asked what he and those with him were
doing.  "We're on patrol," he said; "the Germans are at the
other end of the street." That fellow may have saved the
lives of three foolish soldiers.          He very well may have been
from your company.
"




           I l<now anoth er Urba ch story that may inte rest you.
     It conc erns Capt . Walt er Kimb all, 1st batta lion
                                                           S-3.
     (Kim ball also ran Co. D durin g our comb at days
                                                         . He was
    our exec utive offic er but was made S-3 on the
                                                         first day of
    comb at, when the 8-3 man was woun ded. Our offi
                                                          cial Co. D
    comm ander prove d to be of no use in comb at; so
                                                          Kimb all both
    ran the comp any and did the S-3 work .) Kimb all
                                                           was a
    comp lete skep tic; he didn 't trus t the infor mati
                                                          on patr ols
    were repo rting abou t Urba ch and he want ed 'to know
                                                              whet her
    Germ an troop s were ther e. So he went to the villa
                                                              ge one
    nigh t and shot up the place to see whet her he
                                                         could draw
    enem y fire.    (I heard this story afte r the war from a
    serg eant who was with him.      A lieut enan t at batta lion who
    was conc erned for Kim ball' s safe ty some times asked
                                                               a sold ier
    to accom pany him on his excu rsion s.)

          A coup le of week s ago Kimb all came south from
                                                            ohio and
    visit ed for two days with my wife and me befo re
                                                         proc eding
    alon e to his home in Ariz ona.  It was a fine time .
         'rhan k you very much for send ing me infor mati on
                                                             abou t
    how to get .your book .  I'll read it atten tivel y_

                                        sinc erely ,

                                        LJ Jt ~~
                                        Webb Salm on
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                         Exhibit 21

                                                                 ..

                                      106 Woolf Avenue
                                      Piedmont, Alabama 36272
                                      June 19, 1999



Dear Les,

     There's no time for a letter just now--guests who
are here for a family reunion and then some more visiting
are finally abed and I want to thank you in the wee hours
for sending your Combat and the supplementary photocopies.

     I stole time yesterday, when your package arrived, to
read the material about the two POWs, to scan your book,
and to just begin close reading of the boo~. When my
time is more nearly my own I'll continue the reading and
then write you.

     on~ ~bservation--while scanning I saw your ~ronze star
disclaimer and then read that last page.  I understand your
motivation-~very recently, after all these years, I annotated
 my Bronze Star citation so that if my children and grand-
'children ever read it they c~n know what's true and what
 isn't. To read the award without the annotations, one
 might deduce that I crippled the German army and that half
the troops ~n, the ETO were following in the wake of my
machine gun fire. How I.wish that I had been half the soldier'
that the award describes!

     Again, I thank you for sending Combat (and for the~per­
sanal inscriptian)--and for taking the time and expense to
send the additional pages.

                                  Best'wishes,




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                                           Exhibit 22




                                             June 12, 1999




        Webb Salmon
        106 Woolf Ave.
        Piedmont, Al36272

        Dear Webb,

        Enclosed is a copy of the email that became part of the listing in the division
        website under Souveniers that lists the cost of my book. Rather than send you a
        separate letter, I am enclosing my book. You can send me a check if you want to
        keep the book.

        I found your stories about Urbach very interesting in view of my own recent
        discoveries about the place. My recollections of patrols in the town are rather
        vague. I had the impression at the time that such patrols were nothing by chicken
        shit details to keep us busy. In hindsight, they were possbile death traps.

         You can be glad that you were not one of those on the patrol with Weingarten and
         Stoewers. This whole discovery started with the letter by the Consul General in the
         1997 holiday issue of the 100th Newsletter. The two men are not listed as MIA in
         the division history nor in the morning reports. Neither men knew of the
         Association and I was a doubter that the two men were captured until Foster
        .Mitchem remembered the event. He missed the patrol as the dentist worked on his .
         teeth. The enclosed correspondence may add to your interest in Urbach.

        Sincerely,

				
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