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Fort Sheridan, Lake County, Illinois, USA:

Soldatenfriedhof (Kriegsgefangene)

Fort Sheridan, Foto © 2005 Charles N. Johnson Fort Sheridan, Foto © 2005 Charles N. Johnson

Namen der Verstorbenen Kriegsgefangenen:

Grabstein

Dienstgrad

Name

Vorname

Geburtsdatum

Todesdatum

Erkennungs-Nr.

Bemerkungen

 

BRAUNE

Heinz

 

16.11.1944

 

1) Siehe unten

Gefreiter

PAAP

Willy

17.04.1915

25.11.1944

 

2) Siehe unten

Obergefreiter

MEYEN

Kurt

03.04.1920

25.11.1944

 

3) Siehe unten

Stabsgefreiter

LOEHR

Rudolf

30.03.1912

25.11.1944

 

4) Siehe unten

Unteroffizier

KRAUSS

Emil

 

03.08.1945

 

5) Siehe unten

 

KRANZ

Egon J.

 

26.10.1943

6 WG 3312

6) Siehe unten

 

BARTHEL

Richard

 

16.04.1944

6 WG 2807

7) Siehe unten

 

ROESSGER

Kurt

 

06.08.1944

31 G 71487

8) Siehe unten; Vorname schwer zu lessen

 

BAUER

Heinrich

 

15.08.1945

7 WG 60747

9) Siehe unten

Notes by Charles N. Johnson from Ft. Sheridan Cemetery visit 28.09.2005:

The 9 German WWII graves are located at Fort Sheridan Cemetery on the shores of Lake Michigan north of Chicago on east Highway 41.  From Highwood, IL drive about 1-1/2 mile north on Sheridan Road turn right on Simonds Way, then turn on the first left at the Cemetery Sign/George Bell Road, then about 1/3 mile to the cemetery entrance.  Latitude: 42° 13 Min. 29 Sec.  Longitude: -87° 49 Min. 18 Sec.

A)  When you enter the Cemetery through the gate, section #8 is the first section on the left.  Follow it around, left, to section # 13 and all 9 graves are located in the last/rear row.  Graves (# 1) thru #9)) are listed Left to Right as seen facing the rear.

B)  The information shown in black above is as shown on the gravestones.  Dates Interred and other information shown below:

1)

19.11.1944

BRAUN

Cerebral Hemorrhage, due to a fall and hitting his head, see E).

2)

28.11.1944

PAAP

Born, 17.04.1915, E).  Killed in a truck/train accident, see F), H).

3)

28.11.1944

MEYEN

Born, 3 April 1920, E)..  Killed in a truck/train accident, see F), H).

4)

28.11.1944

LOEHR

Born 30 March 1912, E).  Killed in a truck/train accident, see F), H).

5)

05.08.1945

KAUSS

Died at Sturgeon Bay, WI, see G).

6)

02.11.1945

KRANZ

Service number; 6 WG 3312  Originally buried at Camp Ellis, (IL?) and re-buried at Ft. Sheridan. E).

7)

02.11.1945

BARTEL

Service number; 6 WG 2807  Originally buried at Camp Ellis, (IL?) and re-buried at Ft. Sheridan.  See E)

8)

02.11.1945

ROESSGER

Service number; 31 G 71487  Originally buried at Camp Ellis, (IL?) and re-buried at Ft. Sheridan.  See E).

9)

02.11.1945

BAUER

Service number; 7 WG 60747  Originally buried at Camp Ellis, (IL?) and re-buried at Ft. Sheridan. See E).

C)  World war II internments include the 9 German Prisoners of War, most were captured during the campaign in North Africa.  Fort Sheridan was headquarters and Base Camp for the 46 prisoner-of-war camps through Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.  More than 15,000 prisoners-of-war were held in the Midwest and for the most part, made to work as crop harvesters and on civilian projects.  H).

D)  The white pole, behind grave stone #5 KRAUSS, is for a flag pole that is used during an annual ceremony, Volkstrauertag (German Day of Mourning), held in November, see the web site for the next date: www.geocities.com/csteindank/schedule_of_events.htm

E)  Source: Fort Sheridan Cemetery records.

F)  Note; the location of the accident is in dispute from information received from 1) the author of “Stalag Wisconsin”, it was noted that these three were killed in a truck accident at Camp Rockfield, WI.  They were returned to their base camp, Ft. Sheridan and buried with full German military honors, including the Nazi Flag; 2) Zion, IL Genealogical Society H), says that they died while in transit from Fort Grant, Rockford, IL to another work site.

G)  Camp Sturgeon Bay, WI held over 2000 POW’s in 1945.  According to the book “Stalag Wisconsin” by Mrs. Betty Cowley, “out of over 450,000 POW’s nation wide only 477 died in this country”.

F)  Source: Zion, IL Genealogical Society book on Fort Sheridan Cemetery.  Copy located at Highwood, IL Public Library.

The fort was closed in 1993 and the U.S. Army continues to maintain the cemetery.

Side note, the 6 Japanese that died at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin were all cremated and their ashes repatriated with the rest of the Japanese POW’s at the end of the war.

Datum der Abschrift: 28.09.2005

Beitrag von: Charles N. Johnson
Fotos © 2005
Charles N. Johnson

 

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