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ndonath
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posted 4/4/2016 7:14:19 PM    Click here to view the profile for ndonath  Click here to email ndonath  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Here's a good one for you.

I recently made a visit to St Louis NPRC to further conduct research on my dad, William E. Woody, 17th AIB, HQ Co. I've been trying to find out, among other things, circumstances surrounding his capture by the Germans on April 3, 1945. At the NPRC, I saw a Morning Report on April 11 that showed his status as MIA. Another man's name, Robert Spare was also listed as MIA the same day; he was in HQ Co also and think he was a T/5. His MOS was Light Truck Driver; dad's was Messenger. I would like to infer that he and dad were together when whatever it was happened.

Anyone have any further info on Robert Spare?

Thanks so much
Nina Woody Donath

harry dhans
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posted 4/6/2016 3:42:22 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote

William E. Woody - Prisoner of War Record
William E. Woody was a Private First Class during World War II. William resided in Madison County, Iowa before enlisting on March 20, 1943. At the time of enlistment, William was 19 years old, had 4 years of high school education and was single, without dependents. Two years later, William was captured by the Nazis while serving in Germany. William's capture was first reported to the International Committee of the Red Cross on April 3, 1945, and the last report was made on October 17, 1945. Based on these two reports, William was imprisoned for at least 197 days (~7 months). The average duration of imprisonment was 363 days. Ultimately, William was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated. NOT SURE IF THIS ACCURATE.ROBERT sPARE DIED IN 1979

harry dhans
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posted 4/6/2016 4:11:25 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
SERIAL NUMBER 37666333 37666333
NAME WOODY WILLIAM E WOODY WILLIAM E
GRADE, ALPHA PFC Private First Class
GRADE CODE 4 Major or Asst. superintendent of nurses or Director of nurses or Director of dietitians or Director of physical therapy aides or Staff Sergeant or Technician 3d Grade or Lt. Commander or Petty Officer, 2nd Class
SERVICE CODE
ARM OR SERVICE INF Infantry
ARM OR SERVICE CODE 10 INF: INFANTRY
DATE REPORT: DAY (DD) 03 03
DATE REPORT: MONTH (MM) 04 04
DATE REPORT: YEAR (Y) 5 1945
RACIAL GROUP CODE 1 WHITE
STATE OF RESIDENCE
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION 25P Infantry
PARENT UNIT NUMBER 0017 0017
PARENT UNIT TYPE 12 Platoon/Air/Bulk Air
AREA 72 European Theatre: Germany
LATEST REPORT DATE: DAY (DD) 17 17
LATEST REPORT DATE: MONTH (MM) 10 10
LATEST REPORT DATE: YEAR (Y) 5 1945
SOURCE OF REPORT 1 Individual has been reported through sources considered official.
STATUS 8 Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated
DETAINING POWER 1 GERMANY
CAMP
REP

ndonath
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posted 4/7/2016 7:56:35 PM    Click here to view the profile for ndonath  Click here to email ndonath  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thank you Harry.
I was interested to read that dad's capture was reported to the International Committee of the Red Cross. From what source did that come from? Dad escaped from the Germans 19 days after capture and made it back to the Allies. I have no idea any circumstances of his capture, where he was POW, or how he returned to the Allies and made it back home. He did not return to the 12th AD. He was back in the States by June. In Oct 1945 he was continuing his Army service at Ft. Sill, OK.