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Stalag 9B Bad Orb, Hessen-Nassau / Wegscheide
26th Jul 1942 15 Squadron Stirling lost
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Those known to have been held in or employed at
Stalag 9B Bad Orb, Hessen-Nassau / Wegscheide
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Michael J. Corporal (d.14th Feb 1945)
- Anderson Robert Lester. Pvt.
- Bailey Eugene G.. Staff Sgt.
- Bailey Eugene G. Staff Sergeant
- Besco Louis C.
- Coyle William Patrick. PFC
- Ebeling Robert Louis. Pte.
- Fowler Pammie Robert. Pvt 1st Class.
- Griffiths William.
- Hines Gordon Leslie. Cpl.
- Hodge Curmon.
- Jakewa Johnny.
- Kolar Anthony.
- Maxwell William Martin. PFC.
- McCue Wilbur Allen. PFC.
- Paradise James Lonzo. PFC
- Ramsey Richard J..
- Reed Floyd.
- Remolete Vincent A. Tech 4th Grade
- Robinson John. (d.1st March 1945)
- Rumsey Judson Harmon. Pte. (d.May 1945)
- Saari Matt. Pte. (d.28th Apr 1945)
- Sadler Lester.
- Sanders Albert.
- Schuman .
- Scrivin John Thomas. Pte.
- Strawn Leslie Leon. Cpl.
- Verga Vito Vincent. Pvt. This page is new, as yet no names have been submitted.
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Richard J. RamseyMy grandfather, Richard J Ramsey of Indiana, was a POW at the Stalag 9B Bad Orb Hessen-Nassau, Prussia 50-09. I do not have additional information. He never spoke of his experience to his children. He died in a car accident in 1975. If there is anyone who remembers him there, I would appreciate any information. Thank you.Heather Hendrix
Staff Sgt. Eugene G. Bailey Company K 112th Infantry RegimentMy Dad, Staff Sergeant Eugene G. Bailey 28th Division 112th Infantry Company K. Was caputured during the Battle of the Bulge on December 17th, 1944. He never talked about his time in the war. However, he was in four campaigns, Normendy, Northern France, Rhineland and the Ardennes. He received a bronze metal for following a line which lead to a Germen Bunker. In turn the bunker was taken out. As a pow he was held at both Stalags IXB and IXA. He arrived at Stalag IXB on December 26, 1944 and was transfered to Stalag IXA on January 26, 1945. I found in his Bible a picture of a group of men all in uniforms on the back of the picture it is written it was taken in April 1945 after liberation of pow camp. I really would like to know who the other men are in the picture and if they remember my dad. I do not know if this was his unit or the other men from the Stalag IXA.
Eugene Bailey (back row, fifth from the right) after his liberation, in Paris during April 1945
I also have his hand written journel it reads:
December 12th 1944 - left for Paris
December 13th 1944 -arrived Paris
December 14th 1944- sick
December 15th left Paris stayed in Reames
December 16th arrived Orwen on Belgium Luxburg Germany Boarder - Heavy Arty-bombing
December 17th Heavy arty, bombing 2000 - Town surrounded 2010 - Captured Watch taken Walked all night
December 18th walked all day- 1/3 Loaf bread cheese, marmalade
December 19th in PW cage
December 20th walked all day
December 21st walked all day
December 22nd walked all day
December 23rd Boarded train no food
December 24th on train no food no water
December 25th on train no food little water
December 26th 1/6 loaf, little meat 0100 on train
December 26th left train at 0900 Bad orb Stallager (IXB) Stew at 1200 Bread 1/6 at 1600
December 27th Life in Pw Stew ¾ lieder per day Bread 1/6 loaf …… No recreation at all
December 28-31 Same
Jan 1-24 continue Same-meat -cottage cheese - marmalade One or twice a wk
Jan 25th 1945 Boarded train
Jan 26th Arrived STL. 9A No food
Jan 27th- Stew & Bread Food Tea better
Jan 28th Same
Jan 29th Same Food Better but very insufficient French PW donating a few smokes From RC packages
Jan 30th Situation unchanged Getting very thin & weak News excellent Russians - 65 miles from Berlin
Jan 31 Food same-cottage cheese no butter A break in the weather thawing
At this point in the journal I do not know if the dates are for Feb. or March the first entry looks to me like it is
3-1 Situation unchanged
3-4 shaved 1st time since Dec 14 1944
5 war news0 rosins 25miles from Berlin
6 situation unchanged
7 2 letters one card
8 red cross Box 1 per 4 men
9 dined well, smoked well
11 grub gone smokes too.
12 -20 grub poor-no smokes recreation (I can not tell what it says)
This ends the dates however there is more on the paper.
Marshall imaan 19098805
Blankets-NO GI Bed NU 8
Alex Justus = 36376532=2456
Blankets NO GI Bed NO 108
Wed- 1000-1100 Stockseb by Bolger
Sat. 1000- 1100 making up of a newpaper by jones
Thur Quiz contest 1000-1100
I cont from each section
Fri. winners- Fri.
There are other man named in my dads journal. I have researched the names some are from Stalag IXB. My dad was almost 6 feet tall and weigh in 1979. Reseaching all of this has made me a very proud daughter. Thank you for your time.Diana Thomas
Staff Sergeant Eugene G Bailey Company K 28th Infantry Division, 112th RegimentMy dad, Eugene G. Bailey, was a Staff Sergeant in the US Army, 28th Infantry Division, 112th Regiment, Company K during WW2. He was in four campaigns including the Battle of the Bulge where he was taken prisoner on December 17, 1944. He arrived in Bad Orb Stalag IX B on December 29, 1944 and remained there until late January 1945 when he was transferred to Stalag IXA. This information is from a journal he wrote during his time just before the Battle of the Bulge. The dates of this journal are from December 13, 1944 until the end of March 1945. However, there are not any entries for Feb.
My dad did not talk about his time in the service or about being a POW. I do know that he weighed only 79 pounds upon his return to the states.Diana Thomas
Albert SandersMy father, Albert Sanders, was in Stalag 9B. He never spoke about his time there but was angry at the fact that there was no support for him and others as they got older. I have a selection of photos of familly that were sent to him with the Stalag stamp on the back. He always wondered how such a bad place could be in such a nice area without anyone being alarmed.Terry A Sanders
Louis C BescoMy grandfather, Louis C Besco, was a pow at Stalag 9b from 12/25 - 4/1. We recently found his postcards he wrote to my grandmother and a diary that he had from the war describing his stay at Stalag 9b. He lived to be 95 years old he passed away a few years ago. We also found the letter sent to my Grandmother informing her that he was missing in action dated 3 months after he was captured.Shonda Veatch
Floyd ReedMy dad is 81, and remembers when his brother, Floyd Reed, was reported missing by the Army. They lived at the end of a long country road, and few cars ever came to their house, so he saw the car coming toward the house from his upstairs bedroom window. It was the Red Cross bringing news that his brother was missing. Then several months later, the same type of car came and told his parents that his brother had been killed. He remembers his father fainted, but his mother maintained that her son was NOT dead, because if he was, she would know it.
Eight more months passed, when another car came toward their house in the middle of the night. This time a tall, very thin jaundiced young man got out of the car and came toward the house along with the ladies from the Red Cross. My dad said he looked at the guy, and he looked very scary, with sunken eyes, and he "wasn't anyone I knew." However, his mother grabbed him saying, "My boy, My boy is alive." My uncle had been a POW in Germany at Stalag 9B Bad Orb Hessen-Nassau, Prussia 50-09. For a long time, he wanted no one to come around him. When the other children in the family would get near him he would yell for them to leave him alone. However, he finally allowed my dad, his younger brother, to get close, and they became life-long friends and confidantes.
He told my dad he was kept in a pen with an electrified fence topped with barbed wire. He said they were crowded, slept in the mud, had no food, and that it became so bad that soldiers would make the others promise not to starve but to consume them once they died. He never said if he participated in cannabalism but confirmed it went on. He went on to marry and have children, but always preferred to spend time working alone.Kathy O'Gorman
Pte. Robert Louis "Pops" Ebeling 9th ArmouredLike so many others my father didn't speak often of his war experiences. He would only say that as a POW in Stalag 9B he, along with everyone else was always cold and hungry. Dad was captured during the 'Battle of the Bulge' and freed in April 1945. He never spoke much about the camp. And as I read several accounts, these boys were lucky to survive. If anyone remembers my father or can add to the history I urge you to do so.Barb
Pvt. Vito Vincent " " VergaMy grandfather, Vito Virga passed away in December 2009. He would have been ninety in January 2010. He was a POW at Stalag 9B in 1945. I found some records online and had them sent to me. Wish I would have got him to talk about the war to me so I could have more information. The best to all that are still remembering this time at war.Stacy Elkias
Corporal Michael J "Kupper" (d.14th Feb 1945)Michael J Kupper died in a German prison camp 14/02/1945 ...Stalag 9B...Lanette Roth
Pte. John Thomas "Scrive" Scrivin 10th Btn. Highland Light InfantryI was prisoner in Stalag XIB at Fallingbostal. Last year, care of the 2nd R.E.M.E. I was able to return to visit the camp.John Scrivin
PFC William Patrick Coyle INF 0422The following story was told to me by my father in regards to my Uncle Bill Coyle.
Bill enlisted in the Army in February 1943 and was captured by the Germans December 16, 1945. At the time of the capture the Americans believed that there were no Germans in the area and it would be Spring before they would be there. Bill was sent to Stalag 9B Bad Orb Hessen-Nassau, Prussia 50-09. One day the Germans threw the head of a horse into the Stalag for their meal. Bill said that their favourite thing to do was to write down recipes that their mothers would make. They used whatever they could find to write on. Towards the end someone would shout: "recipe" and they would jump up from their sleep to write down a recipe that made no sense.
When the war ended Bill was sent home on the Queen Mary. He was unable to eat and for the rest of his life only ate small portions. My father said the men looked like skeletons coming off the ship. I remember my Uncle Bill covering his head when I would play with my ball. He was a gentle soul with a beautiful smile. Bill worked for the VA for the next twenty-five years and died in the VA Hospital in February 1975. He was 65 years old.Kathy Graci
Pvt 1st Class. Pammie Robert Fowler 28th Infantry RegimentMy Grandfather was 19 when he was captured in Germany. he was taken to Stalag 9-b, then he was moved to Berga as a POW. He would never talk about the time that he was captured, unless he was telling my family about how and when he give his life to the lord. Pammie Robert Fowler did not go by Pammie unless it was for his country. He became a preacher he would always have a tooth pick in his mouth. He died because of war related causes. My mother and grandmother had to fight the government to prove that he died because of war causes. He passed away five days before his youngest grandchild's fifth birthday, he would always let her take naps on his lap.Mary Elizabeth Bonds
Lester SadlerMy uncle, Lester Sadler, was a prisoner of war in Stalag IXB, Bad Orb. He died while a prisoner. My father, Gilbert Sadler, was in the unit that released the camp and did not know of his brother's death until arriving at the camp. He looked for Lester and told his captain he couldn't find him; so at that point he knew something had happened. They located Lester's body and it was shipped back to the States for military burial.Shelley Sadler
PFC. Wilbur Allen McCue 423th Infantry RegimentMy father, Billl McCue was a POW in Stalag 9B Bad Orb Hessen-Nassau, Prussia 50-09 at the ripe old age of 19. He told a tale of how cold it was and of how he burned the soles of his feet on the radiator because he could not feel them. He contracted hepatitis while in the camp and died from hepatitis complications at the age of 71. This may sound old to some but our family members have all lived over 90years. So Dad sacrificed 20 years plus, for our freedom!Lynda McCue
John Robinson 106 Division (d.1st March 1945)My father's older brother John, was imprisoned at Stalag 9B following the surrender of the 106th Division during the early stages of the Battle of the Bulge. John Robinson was in the 422 Regiment of the 106th Division and was in Company "C." John Robinson died of starvation on March 1st 1945 at Stalag 9B. His remains were not returned to the United States until August of 1951 as Russian military forces ultimately claimed the area of Stalag 9B as Soviet domain.
Thanks for this great memorial.Stephen D. Robinson
Anthony KolarMy Grandfather, Anothony Kolar was a captured and held in Stalag 9B. He came home but didn't talk about the war. He passed in 1979. The picture is a newspaper article that my Grandmother saved.K Jenson
PFC James Lonzo Paradise 422nd Infantry RegimentOur father James L. Paradise was a POW in WWII. He was a member of the 422nd Infantry Regiment. James Paradise PFC, Serial Number 34001914
He didn't talk much about his experiences as a POW but I won't ever forget the tales he did tell. He told us a story once of his camp having potatoe peelings to eat and somtimes only bread and many times nothing. He told us about eating donkey as well. He said none of the men wanted the "end" peice of the bread, so he always took it saying to us he thought it was more bread than a regular slice because it was thicker in the middle. He was roped in the box cars jammed in like cattle,and forced marched barefooted in the snow for 2 or 3 days. James Paradise was a POW in camp Stalag 9B Bad Orb Hessen-Nassau, Prussia 50-09. He was held in this camp until his release when the war ended.Connie
Pte. Matt Saari 52nd Armored Infantry Battalion (d.28th Apr 1945)My uncle, Matt Saari was a Private with the 52nd Armored Infantry Battalion. He was captured in the battle of the Bulge and detained at Stalag 9B, barracks #28. He died 28 Apr. 1945. I know the camp was liberated on 2nd Apr 1945, but I don't know what happened to him after being liberated. I think he was too sick to recover. I do know he is buried in Normandy Cemetery, France. I don't know much about him, my mother told me he loved to play baseball. If any one has any info on him I would appreciate it.Dan Gerou
Tech 4th Grade Vincent A RemoleteUp until a few months ago I never knew what my grandfather, Vincent Remolete looked like. He had passed away years before I was born and my father had no physical memories of his father who passed away while he was still a young boy. All I really knew was that he came from the Philippines to NY with his brother around the start of WWII. He eventually came home from war, met my grandmother, had my father and died at a pretty young age from heart issues. For years I thought that was all I'd ever know. Thanks to the internet however we started finding family all over the US and during correspondence with them obtained the photo attached. This was only a few months ago. From here I started researching military records to see what else I could find. I found a POW record belonging to my grandfather on a US Government achieve site. This stated that he was liberated from Camp Stalag 9b in Bad Orb, Germany around 1946 after about a year in captivity.
Does anyone remember him? I am interested in any and all info anyone has on life at this camp at the time.Kim McCarthy
Pvt. Robert Lester Anderson 112th Infantry BattalionMy uncle Bob was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and interred at Stalag 9B, Bad Orb, Hessen-Nassau, Prussia 50-09. He was reported as captured on 12/20/1944 and was liberated on 5/08/1945. He said starvation in the camp was their biggest problem. They lived on watered down potato soup. Occasionally he'd get assigned to work in the kitchen preparing meals for the German officers. They were actually officers from the old Austrian army and he thought they probably treated the prisoners better than German officers might have done.
Uncle Bob was Norwegian but had grown up with German neighbors in Cedar River, MI, located in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan along the shore of Green Bay on Lake Michigan. He and his siblings learned to speak German in order to communicate with the neighbors. He often said his knowledge of German probably kept him alive in the camp.
One time he was working in the kitchen helping to prepare a fancy meal for some visiting German officers. One of the other prisoners stole a chicken from the array of food they were preparing. The guard noticed a chicken was missing and demanded that the thief step forward. No one moved. The guard lined them all up outside the building and threatened to shoot them all unless the thief stepped forward. Uncle Bob said he was sure he was going to die. Then, the thief slowly moved forward and confessed. He was shot and killed right there. The rest were ordered to their barracks. Already weak from hunger and having had to cook all that food while tasting none of it, he said he dragged himself back to the barracks hoping he didn't fall or stumble on the way and attract the attention of the already disgruntled guard.
When they were liberated, Uncle Bob said they were fed coffee and doughnuts by a Red Cross crew that had set up a tent outside the camp. They had not tasted anything so good since long before they'd been captured. Some of the men ate several doughnuts and a few later died because their stomachs could not hold that much food after so many months of barely eating. He would shake his head as he told this story... and say, "After surviving all that, they were killed by a careless act of kindness." Uncle Bob had pneumonia when they were liberated. A few days later, one of his lungs collapsed. He recovered and lived a full life but always was somewhat limited in physical capacity because of only having one lung.Karen Petersen
Pte. Judson Harmon "Gentile Jud" Rumsey 2nd. Squadron 423rd Infantry Regt (d.May 1945)My Grandfather Judson H Rumsey was captured during the Battle of the Bulge on December 19 1944. Coincidentally this was my mothers birthday. At the time of his capture he was marched from the train station with his fellow P.O.W.'s many who had no boots because they were taken from them by their capturers. He died in May 1945 while imprisoned at Bad Orb in Stalag 9b POW camp.Mark D Morrison
PFC. William Martin Maxwell 422nd Infantry Reg.My father, William M. Maxwell, served with the 106th Infantry Division. 422nd Infantry Regiment was captured on 16th of December 1944. He was interned in Stalag IX Bad Orb Germany until he repatriated on 2nd of April 1945. Since my parents divorced when I was very young I only found out this information recently through research. I would appreciate any additional information about my father.MSgt. Robert Maxwell USAF (Retired)
Cpl. Gordon Leslie Hines 235 Field Park Coy. Royal EngineersGordon Hines was called up for war-time military service on 16th October 1939 to Royal Engineers, army number 1184039. He joined A Company, 1st Motor Depot (believed to be based in Tyneside). He was posted to Aldershot to join 50th Motor Division (later to become 50 th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division), 235 Field Park Company as driver on 13th of December 1939. He was posted to France as part of British Expeditionary Force, on the 23rd of January 1940 part of British 2 Corps, 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division. They were evacuated from Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo on 1st of June 1940, swimming out to waiting small boats. Gordon rejoined 235 Field Park Company on 29 June 1940,and was appointed Acting L/Cpl 13th July 1940. He was in hospital from the 1st to 18th October 1940. He attended the 8th Corps Vehicle maintenance course from 10th of March 1941 to 31st ofMarch 1941. He was then appointed Acting Corporal on the 15th of April 1941. The unit embarked for Egypt on the 21st of May 1941 as part of Middle East Forces where they disembarked on the 10th of July 1941. Gordon was appointed Acting Sergeant on the 19th of July 1941. Embarked 25th July 1941 for Cyprus, disembarked 26th July 1941 and was in hospital from the 2nd to 30th of September 1941. They moved from Cyprus to Palestine in January 1942 then moved to Syria on the 21st of January 1942. They made another move from Syria to Egypt on the 14th of February 1942.
Libya was captured on the 28th of May 1942 and Gordon was posted as missing in Western Desert. He was confirmed as a PoW on 30th of May 1942, in Italian hands. He was held in Italy, Campo PG 65 at Gravina near Bari (holding camp) then moved to PG 53 near Sforzacosta on east coast. He was transferred to Germany by train in July 1943 to Stalag IV-B 50 km north of Dresden, Germany, for three weeks, and given PoW number 221441. He then transferred to Stalag VIII-B (later called 344) in Lamsdorf, Poland (then Silesia) on 9th of August 1943 and joined Working Party E769, Heydebreck, Poland (IG Farben chemical plant, Blechhammer South) on 23rd of September 1944.
The POW's from Gordon's camp commenced the "Long March" from E769 on 22nd January 1945, through Poland, Czechoslovakia and south west Germany. They arrived at Stalag XIII-D, Nuremburg on 28th March 1945. They left Stalag XIII-ID on 2nd April 1945 marching south from Nuremburg, believed to be towards Moosburg POW camp. It is believed that Gordon escaped from column and was hidden in farmhouse during American bombardment. He was liberated by Americans on the 25th of April 1945 at Pietenfeld. He departed in a car given by Americans on 27th of April 1945, and drove north through Wurzberg, Frankfurt and Coblenz to Aachen on the Dutch/Belgian border. He transferred to Antwerp and Brussels on 30th April 1945 and boarded Lancaster bomber in Brussels and arrived in UK 2nd of May 1945. On the 12th of July 1945 posted to 2 Div Transport Unit. He was Posted to 1 Batt RAOC for UK service from 2nd May 1945 and was given release leave on the 26th January 1946. Before being discharged on the 13th of May 1946 going in the royal army reserves.Richard Hines.
Cpl. Leslie Leon Strawn Coy. D 107th Airlift WingMy father Leslie Strawn was in the US Army 107th Airlift Wing, Company D. He was a POW during Battle of the Bulge. He was held in Stalag 9B. I am trying to find out information or if anyone remembers him. He passed away in 2000 and never talked to me about this. I found papers that show he had started the paper work for Foreign Claims Settlement Commission's Holocaust Survivors Claims Program. I'm trying to find out anything I can about my dad and also this claim.Sharon Boudreaux
Curmon Hodge 106th Div. 422 Inf. Rgt, Coy LMy grandfather was a POW in WWII. He was in the 106th Division, 422nd Infantry Regiment, L Coy of the US Army. He was a POW in Stalag 9B in Bad Orb. He was older (36) than most of the guys in the camp. Does anyone remember him?Debbie Falcon
SchumanMy father in law was a POW in WWII. He started in Stalag 12A, then transferred to Stalag 9B and then the death march to Bad Kreuznach, Germany. He was liberated on 18th March. Fifty US POWs were there.Kathy B Schuman
William GriffithsI'm looking for Johnny Jakeway(s), an American GI, who befriended me in the woods outside Stalag 9b at the time of the liberation. Does anyone remember him?William Griffiths
Johnny JakewaJohnny Jakeway befriended William Griffiths after the liberation of Stalag 9b. Does anyone remember him?William Griffiths
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