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Charles D. McMullen -  click on photos to enlarge

 

 
Last Name: 
McMullen
First Name Middle Initial:
Charles D.
Nick Name:
Mac
Street: 6779 N. Woodson City & State:  Fresno, CA E-Mail: CMcmu39392@aol.com
Zip: 93711 Phone:   (559) 439-3543 Spouse:  
Conflict:  World War II Service Branch:  Army Unit: AT Co. 422 Reg. 106th Div.
Theater: European Where Captured:  St. Vith Date Captured:  12/19/44
Camps Held In:  Stalag VIIA,  IVB, IIIB, IIIA How Long Interned: 
Liberated / repatriated: Date Liberated:  May 4, 1945 Age at Capture: 
Medals Received: Bronze Star Medal, POW Medal, Good Conduct Medal, EAME Campaign Medal w/ 3 bronze service stars, WWII Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, Honorable Service lapel button.
Military Job:  Truck Driver - MP Company: 
Occupation after War:  Manufacturing Plant Manager - PPG  Industries

 

 

Bio:

In 1998 I wrote a history of my P.O.W. experiences for my children and grandchildren and I recently updated it.  For 55 years I didn't talk about it and I forgot so much that I had to spend considerable time trying to put everything together.

I arrived in France on December 1, 1944, we went to a front line position I was captured 5 days after that we were the youngest division  with an average age of 22,  with no experience and were deployed over an area four times the normal distance in a supposedly quiet sector.

I along with several thousand others were captured near St. Vith.  I was captured on Dec. 19 late in the afternoon in the village of Bleialf.  We slept in a churchyard that night and the next day we were walked to Gerolstein.  In zero weather and 8 - 10 inches of snow.  During which time I had my feet initially frozen.  Subsequently we were loaded into box cars and under extreme cold and no heat taken to Limburg.  All of this is documented in the P.B.S. documentary titled, "Berga Soldiers of Another War".  We remained in the R.R. cars 60 men to a car and were taken to Mulhburg (Stalag VB) where we were interrogated, picture taken, deloused and back into box cars. At this point groups were formed and sent in different direction depending primarily on rank.  I remained 8 days in the R.R. cars and we had a total of one loaf of bread and 8 ounces of cheese per man to eat for the entire trip.  We arrived in Furstenburg (Stalag-IIIB) on January 7. The next three weeks were the first and only time I slept in a barracks during my entire capture.

On January 31 we started a forced walk to Luckenwalde (Stalag- IIIA).  On February 7 we arrived at Luckenwalde and found no barracks.  So they put us in carnival type tents, 700 men to a tent, two waters faucets for 2800 men.  We slept on the wet cold ground.  Here I stayed until on May 3rd, when I took off to find Americans.  I wandered through Russian held Germany and finally found them 3 days later at Wittenburg and for me "the war was over".

The Germans and I considered myself a P.O.W.  The USA Army and my family had me as M.I.A. Dec. 19, 1944 to May 5, 1945.  I never received a letter nor package overseas the one POW letter I wrote Feb. 45 was delivered in March 46 after I was home.

 



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