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Stalag IIb, Mooseberg, was situated one and a half miles west of Hammerstein, on the east side of a highway, in West Prussia.

Does anybody recall a Louis Porter, 179th Regiment 45th Division, taken prisoner around February 14th or so on Anzio Beach and held in Stalag 2B

My grandfather Charles E. Norris was a POW in WWII, but he died before I was born. We don't know a lot of information about him, but we do have his prisoner of war papers (in German), some pictures, and I wear his dog tags every day. I know from the US National Archives that he was in a camp at Stalag 2B Hammerstein in West Prussia. He was apparantly a Corporal in the US Army. I remember stories about how he was captured because he went back to the tank after it was bombed to get a radio, but when he went back to where the rest of his men were, he saw a US flag waving. However, when he got there, it was not his men, it was the Germans.

After this, he was a POW for 28 months. According to the National Archives site, he was captured on Valentine's Day in 1943. It also states that his parent unit type area was North African Theatre: Tunisia. If anyone has any information, my family (especially my father) and I would greatly appreciate it.

  • Cpl Charles E. Norris. US Army. Read his Story

    My grandfather, PFC Elmer A. Shaner, Company K, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, European Theater of Operations. He was captured on January 27th 1943 and sent to Stalag 2b. My aunt has a book of when he was in a POW camp from when he got caught to when he got out. She has some pictures of when he was in there too. I am trying to look up my grandfathers history and if anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated.

    My Grandfather, J D Akin was captured at Salerno and interned at Stalag II-B.

    Jeff Baker.

    From my father's memoirs of the Anzio Beach invasion:

    "One day before the 45th and other divisions took Rome, Italy, I was captured by the Germans."

    "Mooseburg is where I stayed in prison. Our prison camp was Stalag 2B. During the time we were in Mooseburg, we were taken with work details into Munich, Germany which was being heavily bombarded by our own American planes at the time. The purpose for the Germans taking us into Munich was to fill in bomb craters in the Isar Canal. During that time, we were bombed by our own American planes while close to the Black Forest. After completion of our work, we were taken back to Austria to Stalag2B."

    As far as I can calculate, he was here from June to October, 1943. His name was Marvin Wesley Roland, Jr. but army buddies called him "whitey" because of his pale blond hair. The prison was in Austria.

    Gay Taber

    My grandfather PFC Randle C. Million was captured in Salerno, Italy on September 13, 1943. He was released from Stalag 2B on April 13, 1945. He survived a death march but we are not sure where he marched to and from.If you have any information please let me know. Thank You. Crystal Foster

    My father, Armor Clayton Surber, was a POW and was held in Stalag 2B. He was captured at Anizo February 22d 1943. He was born in Rose Hill, VA in 1919 and moved to Harlan,Ky when he was drafted into the US Army. He was with F Co.157th Inf Reg.45th Inf.Div. If any one has any information or photos please email me.

    My father, John E. Sprague, was taken prisoner of war in North Africa on February 14th, 1942? I believe. He and two other Army buddies were guarding an ammo dump when suddenly German tanks appeared. There had been no indication that the Germans were close at hand. Those three were the only ones captured from his unit. They were put on a boat to Italy and they marched to Germany. It was 2 1/2 years before he was liberated. For the most part he was in Stalag 2B where he worked on a farm for some time. He also was moved to Stalag 7 when the Allied troops were getting closer. He had been a trumpet player in the Army band until he was shipped to Africa. He played in a prison band during his captivity. Several years ago there was a picture of this band in the POW magazine. He is still alive and lives in Eliot, Maine. While he was in the prison camp, he was reunited with a friend from Portsmouth, NH-- John Foley. They worked on different farms and so did not see each other much.

    Cherie Sukeforth

    Trying to get information on U.S. Army Etienne Scioneaux, Reserve, LA caputured North Africa probably 1942. Imprisioned Stalag 2B 3 years.

    Gerald Keller, Ph.D.

    Edwin Suominen fought in 7 battles in North Africa before being captured at Kasserine. He spent two arduous years in Stalag 2B. When the Russians were coming the German organized the death march, evacuating the prison camps. After 2 weeks on the march Ed and four others escaped. They headed back to the farm when the group spent the night. They slid underneath a chicken coop. When the Germans went back to search for the escapees they failed to check underneath the coop. Ed looked up and saw a pair of black shining boots standing so close that he could have touched them. From there they ran into the forest and headed back towards the Russian lines. Coming up on a road they faced a German guard. Ed pretended that he was bringing back a work detail and they walked right in to a concentration camp. A British Sgt. hid them in a coal bin, covered with coal for three days. The first three got out and were recaptured. During the commotion Ed and another escaped. There were many adventures on the escaping but Ed made it back to Naples. The Queen Mary brought thousands of ex-pow's back to the USA just before the war ended.

    The full story is published in the book "Twice to Freedom" see the link below.

    List of Prisoners

    • Tony Aguilera Read his story
    • J.D. Akin. Read his story
    • Robert DeGoey
    • Frank Hosbach. USA.
    • Pvt. Frank A. Kobilis, C Coy. 180th Infantry Regt. 45th Div. Read his Story
    • PFC Randle C. Million. Read his story
    • Michael Muccino. 45th Division 179th Infantry
    • Robert A. "Pete" Peterson. 3rd. Ranger Battalion
    • Louis Porter. 179th Regiment, 45th Division. Read his Story
    • John Roebuck. 45th, 179th.
    • Marvin Wesley " Whitey" Roland, Jr. Read his story
    • Etienne Scioneaux
    • PFC Elmer A. Shaner. Company K, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Div. Read his Story
    • John E. Sprague. Read his story
    • Armor Clayton Surber. F Co.157th Inf Reg.45th Inf.Div Read his story
    • Edwin Suominen. 9th Infantry Div. 168th Infantry Regiment Read his story

    If you have any names to add to this list, or any recollections or photos of those listed, please get in touch.

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