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Biography
Henry E. Freedman - 1942, Camp Blanding, Florida Henry E. Freedman - Present Day
Last Name: FREEDMAN First Name Middle Initial: HENRY E. Nick Name: HANK
Street:  4025 MC GINNIS FERRY RD #1322 City & State: SUWANEE GA 30024 E-Mail: freedman@charter.net
Conflict: WWII Service Branch: HQ CO 422 INF REG Unit: 106 INF DIV
Theater: EUROPEAN Where Captured: BLIEALF GERMANY Date Captured: 12/19/1944
Camps Held In: STALAG IXB BAD ORB – STALAG IXA, ZEIGENHAIN How Long Interned: 3.5 months
Liberated / repatriated: Date Liberated: 03/31/1945 Age at Capture:
Medals Received: BRONZE STAR, POW MEDAL, GOOD CONDUCT, WWII, AMERICAN CAMPAIGN, COMBAT INF BADGE, EUROPEAN AFRICAN MIDDLE EASTERN MEDAL
Military Job: MACHINE GUNNER, RECONNAISANCE AND INTELLIGENCE Company:
Occupation after War:  RETAIL MERCHANDISING FOR OVER 40 YEARS, NOW RETIRED

 

Bio:

Hank was born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 21, 1921.
On October 13, 1942 he was assigned to 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division in Camp Blanding, Florida. After training in Florida and Tennessee as a machine gunner, Hank was promoted to Sergeant. He attended school at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and Auburn University.
In March 1944 Hank was assigned to 422nd Infantry Regiment, 106h Infantry Division at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. He was shipped overseas in October on the SS Aquatania, landing at Glasgow, Scotland. Hank then was transferred to Le Havre, France in November.
On December 19, 1944, Hank was captured during the Battle of the Bulge. After much walking and being loaded in 40X8 boxcars and bombed by the RAF on Christmas Eve, Hank arrived at Stalag IXB on December 25, 1944. He was transferred to Stalag IXA on January 25, 1945.
After being liberated on March 30, 1945, Hank spent 3 to4 weeks in hospitals in France. He had lost 55 pounds as a POW.
Hank was flown back to the United States and discharged November 24, 1945.

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