Sgt Harry W Foreman, Jr

Sgt Harry W Foreman, Jr

Birth
Maryland, USA
Death 31 Jan 1945 (aged 20)
Kustriner Vorland, Landkreis Märkisch-Oderländ, Brandenburg, Germany
Burial Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands
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Memorial ID 56298789 · View Source
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Harry served as a Sergeant, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Washington County, Maryland prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 9, 1943 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Stock clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

Harry was first declared "Missing In Action" in Germany during the war.

However it was unknown by the U.S. Military that he had actually been captured by the Germany Army on August 10, 1944 in France and was evidently wounded. His ID tags and a crucifix were turned over to American military in September 1944 by a French woman who said she had met him in a German hospital in Cambrai. Foreman was "almost completely well" and asked her to deliver the items to American forces.

Harry was held at Stalag IIIB in Alt-Drewicz bei Kustrin, Brandenburg, Germany.

On 31 January 1945, German guards forced the prisoners out of the camp to keep them out of the hands of advancing Russian forces. Unfortunately, the column of POW's was marched right into a Russian armored unit, which opened fire on them.

Sgt. Harry W. Foreman, Jr. was one of the Americans "Killed" in this crossfire.

Harry was awarded the "Bronze Star", Purple Heart, and Prisoner Of War Medal.

His remains were not recovered.

Service # 33562898

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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Those believed to have died as a result of this incident:

Aho, Edward W. ~ Sgt, MI ~ Captured on October 9, 1944
Curran, Joseph J. ~ T/Sgt, NJ ~ Captured on July 27, 1944
Foreman, Harry W., Jr. ~ Sgt, MD ~ Captured on August 10, 1944
Ison, James ~ Pfc, KY ~ Captured on October 6, 1944
Kibbee, Forrest H. ~ S/Sgt, NH ~ Captured on October 18, 1944
Kerley, Herman L. ~ Pvt, WV - Captured on October 10, 1944
Lunetta, Salvatore J. ~ Pfc, NY ~ Captured on October 7, 1944
Mazur, Michael F. ~ Sgt, NY ~ Captured on October 3, 1944
McLean, Aloysious J. ~ Pvt, IL ~ Captured on October 4, 1944
Moore, Lamoine C. ~ S/Sgt, OH - Captured on October 7, 1944
Opfer, Carl G. ~ Pfc, OH ~ Captured on September 17, 1944
Sasaoka, Itsumu ~ S/Sgt, HI ~ Captured on October 22, 1944
Shipe, Cletis P. ~ S/Sgt, WV ~ Captured on September 6, 1944
Summey, Bennie ~ Sgt, TN ~ Captured on August 23, 1944
Zirn, Richard H. ~ T/5, OH ~ Captured on September 17, 1944

( Listing by: Russ Pickett )

Special thanks to: " Geoffrey Roecker " for info on him becoming & being killed while a POW and the names of others possibly involved in this incident!


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56298789
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Harry W Foreman, Jr (25 Nov 1924–31 Jan 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56298789, citing Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .