Introduction

This list of Allied prisoners who were held in Camp 59 during World War II is certainly incomplete. Included here are the names of all the men I know to have been held at the camp. I trust that the list will continue to grow over time.

Concerning the nationalities of prisoners of Camp 59, Giuseppe Millozzi, in his splendid study of Allied Prisoners of War in the Region of the Marche and Prison Camp at Servigliano, writes:

“According to the Italian military authority, in March 1943 Servigliano’s camp held: 1,445 British; 464 Americans; 4 French

“For a total of 1913 POWs, it should be noting that with ‘British’ Italian Authorities included other nationalities—Irish, Canadians, Cypriots, New Zealanders, Australians, Poles, South Africans, Palestinians (2), Maltese (2), Rhodesians (1) and Norwegians (6). Figures of other nationalities of the above POWs are in the Swiss Red Cross report that covers the same period. In the latter the total figure of POWs is 1902 and the slight difference of 11 POWs between the two totals is not of significance.

“During 1943 many English POWs were transferred to Sforzacosta’s prison camp (CPG 53) and also to various working camps in North Italy in order to make space for American POWs. In fact the number of the latter increased from 445 in March ’43 to 913 two months later, that is in June when the Red Cross delegates inspected the camp for the last time. The number of English POWs in the same span of time decreased from 1,337 to 313.

“All the POWs present in the camp escaped en masse the evening of 14 September 1943; exactly six days after the Armistice had been announced.”

The following list includes the 253 Americans identified in the U.S. National Archives database of WW II POWs as “returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13,” (or who died while prisoners).

Many American servicemen who were recaptured after the September breakout are recorded in the database as repatriated from German-controlled stalags. In the National Archives, the camp listed for each prisoner was the last camp they were interned in; some were held in a number of camps.

My sources for information about British and other non-American Allied prisoners have been less official. I am pleased to have been contacted by many in the UK whose fathers, grandfathers, and uncles were interned in the camp. I am grateful for the wealth of information they have sent me to share on this site.

I have recorded below names, military ranks and units, and notes concerning capture, internment, escape, and repatriation. The Survivors of Camp 59 site as a whole contains much more information—interviews, photos, and newspaper stories—on many of these fellows in individual posts. Use the site’s search feature to hunt for more information on any individual POW.

The List of Prisoners

ABRAMS, BERNIE

Bernie Abrams

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

ADAMO, ALFRED

Alfred Adamo
Serial Number—12020033
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ADAMS, EMIL W.

Emil W. Adams
Serial Number—33146602
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ADAMS PAUL H.

Paul H. Adams
Serial Number—12016751
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ADKINS, HAROLD

Harold Adkins
Serial Number—33090536
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Private First Class Harold Adkins—Serial No. 33090536—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Harold Adkins
Hurley, Virginia

AGUILAR, DOMINGO S.

Domingo S. Aguilar
Serial Number—38056580
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Infantry
State of Residence—Texas
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Domingo S. Aguilar
Box 667
Freeport, Tex. [Texas]

Domingo S. Aguilar’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

AINSWORTH, JOSEPH C.

Joseph C. Ainsworth

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

AITKEN, G.

G. Aitken
Service Number—2980168
Lance-Sergeant
93rd Battalion, Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

ALLEN, JOHN ALBERT

John “Jack” Albert Allen
WX12806
Australian Army Corps—2nd/32nd Battalion

One of nine Australian POWs who escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943

(The nine Australians were: John “Jack” Albert Allen, Thomas David Alman, Arthur George Bell—who sometimes went by A. G. Jux, Lawrence Mortimer “Lawrie” Butler, Vaughn Lawrence Carter, Robert Edward Albert Edwards, James William Feehan, Ronald James “Jimmy” McMahon, and Leslie Worthington)

Address from Camp 59 prisoner Charles Simmons’ calendar/address book:
John A. Allen
c/o 98 Ware Street
Kalgoorie
Western Australia
Australia

Source: Ray Worthington, son of former Camp 59 prisoner Leslie Worthington

ALMAN, THOMAS DAVID

Thomas David Alman
WX14635
Australian Army Corps—2nd/32nd Battalion

One of nine Australian POWs who escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943

(The nine Australians were: John “Jack” Albert Allen, Thomas David Alman, Arthur George Bell—who sometimes went by A. G. Jux, Lawrence Mortimer “Lawrie” Butler, Vaughn Lawrence Carter, Robert Edward Albert Edwards, James William Feehan, Ronald James “Jimmy” McMahon, and Leslie Worthington)

Source: Ray Worthington, son of former Camp 59 prisoner Leslie Worthington

ALSIN, PAUL

Paul Alsin

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

ALTOMARI, JOSEPH A.

Joseph A. Altomari
Serial Number—32105474
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

AMOS, CLOVIS G.

Clovis G. Amos
Serial Number—35431800
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—West Virginia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Clovis G. Amos
607 6th Street
Bristol
Tennessee

Clovis Amos’ name and address (above) were recorded in Ray Kestner’s “Christmas Book.”

ANDERSON, ARNOLD L.

Arnold L. Anderson
Serial Number—20714952
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Private First Class Arnold L. Anderson—Serial No. 20714955—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Arnold L. Anderson
2006 7th St. So.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

ANDERSON, WILLIAM DILLARD

William D. Anderson
Serial Number—33090088
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Private First Class Dillard W. Anderson—Serial No. 33090088
Dillard Anderson is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

No address for William Anderson or Dillard Anderson is recorded in Armie Hill’s address book.

ARGRAVES, KEITH

Keith Argraves
Serial Number—39302734
Corporal
U.S. Army, Medical Department—Parachute Infantry
State of Residence—Oregon
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 3B Furstenberg Brandenburg, Prussia (Also KDOS [USA] #1-5; ARB BTNS 225-255) 52-14)

Keith Argraves
532 S.E. 20th Ave.
Portland, Oregon

Keith Argraves’ name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

Source: In Clifford Houben’s address list, Keith is noted as having been interned in Camp 59. In all, Clifford specifies that Keith was in Italian Camps 98, 59, 53, 73, 132 and 82, and Stalags 7-A and 2-B. See post “Clifford Houben’s Address List,” January 5, 2013.

ARNESON, HAROLD S.

Harold S. Arneson
Serial Number—39602619
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Private First Class Harold S. Arneson—Serial No. 39602619— is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Harold Arneson
Shelby, Montana
Box 432

ASH, WILLIE H.

Willie H. Ash
Serial Number—35250761
Private
U.S. Army, Field Artillery—155 MM Howitzer Truck Drawn
State of Residence—Indiana
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ASTIN, RALPH N.

Ralph N. Astin
Serial Number—14067569
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Parachute Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

AUSTIN, ARTHUR

Arthur Austin died of pneumonia in the Camp 59 infirmary on March 5, 1943. Dr. Adrian Duff, who attended him, donated his own blood but got an infection and was taken to the hospital.

Source: Giuseppe Millozzi, Allied Prisoners of War in the Region of the Marche and Prison Camp at Servigliano

BALK, HILBERT H.

Hilbert H. Balk
Serial Number—37036627
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

BAMBERG, WILLIAM S.

William S. Bamberg
Serial Number—34121513
Private
U.S. Army, Field Artillery—105 MM Howitzer Truck Drawn
State of Residence—South Carolina
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

BARONE, MARIANO F.

Mariano F. Barone
Serial Number—33105757
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated, or Repatriated from Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17)

Marion P. Barone
Bryn Maws
Pennsylvania

Source: In Clifford Houben’s address list, Marion is noted as having been interned in Camp 59. The address above is from that list. See post “Clifford Houben’s Address List,” January 5, 2013.

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees, also told me of “Mario” Barone.

BAUM, CLAIR A.

Clair A. Baum

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

BECHTEL, DALE E.

Dale E. Bechtel
Serial Number—20704893
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

BEER, LESLIE J.

This address for Leslie Beer is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

Leslie J. Beer
“Elmcourt”
Sweechbridge Road
Hillsborough
Herne Bay, Kent
[England, United Kingdom]

BEER, GEORGE WILLIAM

A letter from George William Beer to Robert Smith’s mother dated July 23, 1943 states that he was interned with Bob for two years at Camp 59 before being transferred to another camp.

Source: Robert Smith’s niece Carole Procter

BELL, ARTHUR GEORGE

Arthur George Bell
NX10180
Australian Army Corps—2nd/32nd Battalion

One of nine Australian POWs who escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943

(The nine Australians were: John “Jack” Albert Allen, Thomas David Alman, Arthur George Bell—who sometimes went by A. G. Jux, Lawrence Mortimer “Lawrie” Butler, Vaughn Lawrence Carter, Robert Edward Albert Edwards, James William Feehan, Ronald James “Jimmy” McMahon, and Leslie Worthington)

Note: A. G. Bell was actually Arthur George Bell on the 2nd/32nd nominal roll, but his British father’s name was Richard Jux and Arthur sometimes went by the name A. G. Jux.

Source: Ray Worthington, son of former Camp 59 prisoner Leslie Worthington

BENTLEY, STANLEY

Stanley Bentley
Serial Number—15055095
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—not listed
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11)

Private First Class Stanley Bentley—Serial No. 15055095—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Stanley Bentley
South Shore, K.Y. [Kentucky]

Did Stanley Bentley escape from Camp 59, and was he recaptured and sent to Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria?

BENZ, MILTON A., JR.

Milton A. Benz, Jr.
Serial Number—33146780
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Milton Benz
Rector
Pennsylvania

Source: In Clifford Houben’s address list, Milton is noted as having been interned in Camp 59. The address above is from that list. See post “Clifford Houben’s Address List,” January 5, 2013.

BERGSTROM, WILLARD J.

Willard J. “Bill” Bergstrom (Traverse City, Michigan), was formerly of the 1st Armored Regiment. He was interned at Camp 59 and escaped with Paul Alsin and John S. Skulborstad.

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

BIRD, G. H.

G. H. Bird
7 Leicester Street
Northwich, Cheshire
England

Source: G. H. Bird’s name and address is recorded in Charles Simmon’s prison camp 1943 calendar and address book.

BIRD, WOODROW W.

Woodrow W. Bird
Serial Number—6984419
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Force
State of Residence—Kentucky
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

BIST, D. STREDDEN

D. Stredden Bist
Sergeant
British

Source: Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling” contains a 1942 drawing by Sgt. Bist of Robert. Robert records that Sgt. Bist offered art lessons in Camp 59.

BLACK, MAHLON J.

Mahlon J. Black
Serial Number— 13049014
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Parachute Infantry
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17)

Maholan J. Black
R. R. 1
Utahville
Pennsylvania

Source: In Clifford Houben’s address list, Maholan is noted as having been interned in Camp 59. The address above is from that list. See post “Clifford Houben’s Address List,” January 5, 2013.

BLACKMAN, SHELBY

Shelby Blackman

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

BLANKENBECKLER, ROY

Roy Blankenbeckler
Box 11-2
Glamoranaen, Virginia

Roy Blankenbeckler’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

BLANKENSHIP, RAYFORD

Rayford Blankenship
Serial Number—38151547
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—Oklahoma
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Ray Blankenship
Graham, Okla. [Oklahoma]

Ray Blankenship’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

BONES, RONALD

This address for Ronald Bones is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

Ronald Bones
123 Goldsmith Walk
St. Giles,
Lincoln
[Lincolnshire]
[England, United Kingdom]

BOUGH, JAMES

James Bough
Service Number—1086472
Gunner
102nd Regiment, Royal Artillery
Captured January 21, 1941—Sidi Rezegh, Libya
Camp 59 internment—January 23, 1942–January 24, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BOULTER VICTOR

Victor Boulter
Service Number—T/164744
Driver
Royal Army Service Corps
Captured April 8,1941—Fort Michelli
Camp 59 internment—March 1942–May 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BOULTON, R. C. R.

R. C. R. Boulton
Service Number—5732581
Corporal
2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment
Captured December 4, 1942—Tunis, Tunesia
Camp 59 internment—March 5, 1942–June 3, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BOURNE, C. A.

C. A. Bourne
Service Number—6285660
Lance Corporal
1st Battalion, The Buffs
Captured December 15, 1941—Gazala Line, Libya
Camp 59 internment—March 5, 1942–March 3, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BOWEN, ALFRED

Alfred Bowen
Service Number—1137397
Gunner
72nd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery
Captured December 4, 1942—Tebourba, Tunisia
Camp 59 internment—February 28–June 2, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BOWLAND, SID

Sid Bowland
British Grenadier Guards and SAS (Special Air Service—the British Special Forces)

Source: An Active Service: The Story of a Soldier’s Life in the Grenadier Guards, SAS and SBS 1935-1958 by Richard Dorney, Helion & Company Limited, 2005

BOYDE, TIMOTHY

Timothy Boyde
Service Number—3189899
Private
2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment
Captured December 4, 1942—Tunisia
Camp 59 internment—February 15–June 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BOZZONE, A. J. L.

A. J. L. Bozzone
Service Number—7887518
Trooper
6th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment
Captured April 8, 1941—Fort Michelli
Camp 59 internment—February 1, 1942–June 5, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BRACKEN, LIONEL

Lionel Bracken
Service Number—1800682
Gunner
49th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
Captured December 4, 1942—Tebourba, Tunisia
Camp 59 internment—February 28–May 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BRADBROOK, D. G.

D. G. Bradbrook
Service Number—958853
Signalman
132 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
Captured December 4, 1942—Tebourba, Tunisia
Camp 59 internment—March 3–July 4, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BRAIN, F. C.

F. C. Brain
Service Number—6149568
Private
East Surrey Regiment, British Army
Captured December 4, 1942—Tunisia
Camp 59 internment—March 3–May 29, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BRAND, H. J. A.

H. J. A. Brand
Service Number—6290483
Private
1st Battalion, The Buffs
Captured December 15, 1941—Gazala Line, Libya
Camp 59 internment—January 29, 1942–February 27, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BRANN, JACK

Jack Brann
Service Number—1707955
Gunner
84th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
Captured December 4, 1942—Tebourba, Tunisia
Camp 59 internment—February 29–May 30, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BRAWN, ROBERT

Robert Brawn
Service Number—1433896
Bombardier
13th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
Captured April 8, 1941—Fort Michelli
Camp 59 internment—February 1, 1942–June 3, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BRAZIL, MATTHEW PHILIP

Matt Brazil
Serial Number—39013867
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army Air Corps
State of Residence—California
Shot down over Naples 11 Dec 1942
Silver Star, Air Medal, and Purple Heart

Sources: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (no specific camp listed); San Francisco Letterman Hospital Fog Horn, (May 6, 1944); and Matt’s son and daughter, Matthew James Brazil and Bonnie Jacobsen (née Brazil)

Matt Brazil was liberated by British forces after his escape from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy.

BRAVA, MANUEL C.

Manuel C. Brava
Serial Number—6906252
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

BREKKE, MARSHALL J.

Marshall J. Brekke
Serial Number—36215009
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Infantry
State of Residence—Wisconsin
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Marshall Brekke
1724 South 88th Street
West Allis
Wisconsin

BRIDGE, SAMUEL

Samuel Bridge
Service Number—967031
Gunner
132 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
Captured December 4, 1942—Tebourba, Tunisia
Camp 59 internment—March 1–June 3, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BRIGGS, A. J.

A. J. Briggs
Service Number—T/164275
Driver
Royal Army Service Corps
Captured April 8, 1941—Fort Michelli
Camp 59 internment—January 2–June 1, 1942

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

Marshall J. Brekke’s name and address (above) were recorded in Ray Kestner’s “Christmas Book.”

BROADBENT, GILBERT

Author of Behind Enemy Lines (Bognor Regis, Anchor Publications, 1985)

Gilbert Broadbent was one of the 150 POWs transferred to Sforzacosta on February 23, 1943

Source: Giuseppe Millozzi, Allied Prisoners of War in the Region of the Marche and Prison Camp at Servigliano

BROOKS, ROBERT

Robert Brooks
Serial Number—33146482
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Robert Brooks
New Salem, Pa. [Pennsylvania]

Robert Brooks’ name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

BROOKS, FREDERICK

Frederick Brooks
Service Number—6146826
Private
1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment
Captured December 5, 1942—El Bathan, Tunisia
Camp 59 internment—March 2–June 1, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BROWN, ERIC

This address for Eric Brown is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

Eric Brown
“Holly House”
Town Street
Bramley, Leeds
[England, United Kingdom]

BRUCE, C.

C. Bruce
142 Montrose Street
Brechin, Angus
Scotland

Source: C. Bruce’s name and address is recorded in Charles Simmon’s prison camp 1943 calendar and address book.

BRUNT, MORRIS

Morris Brunt
Service Number—1424178
Private
No. 1 Commando, British Army
Captured December 3, 1942—Bizerta, Tunisia
Camp 59 internment—April 22–June 22, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BUCHANAN, JOHN E.

John E. Buchanan
Serial Number—20701816
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 3B Furstenberg Brandenburg, Prussia (Also KDOS [USA] #1-5; ARB BTNS 225-255) 52-14)

Private John E. Buchanan—Serial No. 20701816—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

No address for John Buchanan is recorded in Armie Hill’s address book.

Did John Buchanan escape from Camp 59, and was he recaptured and sent to Stalag 3B Furstenberg Brandenburg?

BUCHANAN, R. W.

R. W. Buchanan
Service Number—T/220738
Driver
309 Company, Royal Army Service Corps
Captured November 27, 1941—13 miles west of Bardia
Camp 59 internment—January 9–April 22, 1942

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BUDD, A. J.

A. J. Budd
Service Number—5495606
Private
2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
Captured December 3, 1942—Tebourba, Tunesia
Camp 59 internment—February 28–June 2, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BUERKLE, LAWRENCE J.

Lawrence J. Buerkle
Serial Number—37095302
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

BURGESS, HAROLD

Harold Burgess
Service Number—1559674
Gunner
13 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
Captured April 8, 1941—Fort Michelli
Camp 59 internment—January 30, 1942–June 4, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BURKE, P. G. J.

P. G. J. Burke
Service Number—884337
Driver
31st Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
Captured December 15, 1941—Gazala Line, Libya
Camp 59 internment—January 22, 1942–April 7, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BURNS, W.

W. Burns
Service Number—3196639
Sergeant
2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BUSKE, FREDERICK G.

Frederick G. Buske
Serial Number—37038102
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17

Private First Class Fredric G. Busky [Frederick G. Buske]—Serial No. 37038102—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Frederick Buske
Gilmore City, Io. [Iowa]

Did Frederick Buske escape from Camp 59, and was he recaptured and send to Stalag 2B Hammerstein?

BUTLER, LAWRENCE MORTIMER

Lawrence Mortimer “Lawrie” Butler
WX5012
Australian Army Corps—2nd/28th Batallion

One of nine Australian POWs who escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943

(The nine Australians were: John “Jack” Albert Allen, Thomas David Alman, Arthur George Bell—who sometimes went by A. G. Jux, Lawrence Mortimer “Lawrie” Butler, Vaughn Lawrence Carter, Robert Edward Albert Edwards, James William Feehan, Ronald James “Jimmy” McMahon, and Leslie Worthington)

Source: Ray Worthington, son of former Camp 59 prisoner Leslie Worthington

BUTTACAVOLI, ALPHONSE

Alphonse Buttacavoli

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

Al Buttacavoli
1540 Cropsey Avenue
Brooklyn
New York

Al Buttacavoli’s name and address (above) were recorded in Ray Kestner’s “Christmas Book.”

BUTTON, V. J.

V. J. Button
Service Number—6923234
Rifleman
10th Battalion, Rifle Brigade
Captured December 1, 1942—Tunis, Tunesia
Camp 59 internment—March 1–June 2, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BRUE, CHARLES R.

Charles R. Brue
Serial Number—37190621
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

BUSH, F. H.

F. H. Bush
Service Number—6025246
Private
The Essex Regiment, British Army
Captured November 21, 1941—Tobruk, Libya
Camp 59 internment—March 19, 1942–May 25, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

BYNE, R. E.

R. E. Byne
Service Number—1529644
Gunner
13th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
Captured December 28, 1941—Agedabia, Libya
Camp 59 internment—March 10, 1942–April 1, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

CADE, J. W.

J. W. Cade
Service Number—1433324
Gunner
13th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
Captured April 8, 1941—Fort Michelli
Camp 59 internment—December 22, 1941–May 15, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

CAHILL, PATRICK

Patrick Cahill
Serial Number—3957294
Private
12th Lancers
British Army

Captured in North Africa at Tobruk

Escaped though the hole in the wall of Camp 59 on September 14, 1943

Made his way, with two other British servicemen, to Switzerland

Patrick Cahill
26 Penywaun Road
Aberdare
Glam. [Glamorgan, Wales]

Patrick Cahill’s address is from an official notification of his capture to his parents.

Source: Patrick Cahill’s grandson Dean Cahill

Patrick Cahill
Service Number—3958294
Trooper
12th Royal Lancers
Captured December 28, 1941—Agedabia, Libya
Camp 59 internment—March 13, 1942–May 24, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

CALVAGNO, PETER J.

Peter J. Calvagno
Serial Number—12020954
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated; no camp listed)

Escaped from Camp 59 with Edmond Petrelli, Joe C. Mandese, Tony Spicola, and Felice D. Vacca

Source: Felice Vacca’s son Mario Vacca

CANNON, W. E.

W. E. Cannon
Lance Corporal
Service Number—310798
12th Royal Lancers, British Army
Captured December 28, 1941—Agedabia, Libya
Camp 59 internment—March 12, 1942–June 8, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

CAREY, H. J.

H. J. Carey
Corporal
Service Number— T/5569678
Attached, 3rd Light Field Ambulance
Captured December 28, 1941—Agedabia, Libya
Camp 59 internment—January–May 1942

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

CARTER, VAUGHN LAWRENCE

Vaughn Lawrence Carter
Australian Army Corps—2nd/28th Batallion

One of nine Australian POWs who escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943

(The nine Australians were: John “Jack” Albert Allen, Thomas David Alman, Arthur George Bell—who sometimes went by A. G. Jux, Lawrence Mortimer “Lawrie” Butler, Vaughn Lawrence Carter, Robert Edward Albert Edwards, James William Feehan, Ronald James “Jimmy” McMahon, and Leslie Worthington)

Died October 25, 2006.

Source: Ray Worthington, son of former Camp 59 prisoner Leslie Worthington

CARUSO, LEONARD S.

Leonard Caruso
Serial Number—32134552
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry—Parachute Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

CASEY, WILLIAM B., JR.

William B. Casey, Jr.
Serial Number—6575976
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

CATTERTON, VERNON R.

Vernon R. Catterton
Serial Number—34210020
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—South Carolina
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

CAVANAGH, LESLIE

Leslie Cavanagh
Service Number—964741
Gunner
49 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
Captured December 4, 1942—Tebourba, Tunesia
Camp 59 internment—March 4–July 10, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

CASELTON, E. A.

E. A. Caselton
Service Number—7916190
Trooper
6th Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment
Captured June 15, 1941—Fort Capuzzo, Libya
Camp 59 internment—January 31, 1942–June 6, 1943

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

CERNOBYL, CYRIL

Cyril Cernobyl
Serial Number—33137212
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

CHANDLER, ROBERT B.

Robert B. Chandler
Serial Number—15059956
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Indiana
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 3B Furstenberg Brandenburg, Prussia (Also KDOS [USA] #1-5; ARB BTNS 225-255) 52-14)

Corporal Robert D. Chandler—Serial No. 15059956—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Robert Chandler
New Marion, Ind. [Indiana]

Did Robert Chandler escape from Camp 59, and was he recaptured and sent to Stalag 3B Furstenberg Brandenburg?

CHARD, THOMAS A.

Thomas A. Chard
Serial Number—32354694
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

CHESSELL, ARNOLD

Arnold Chessell
Private
Royal Army Medical Corps
British Army
Captured in Tobruck, Libya, circa December 1941

Printed on the back of a photo of Arnold Chessell:
CHESSELL
ARNOLD
PRE No 7264690. HUT 8.
CAMPO P.G. NO. 59. PM 3300

Source: Arnold Chessell’s son Roger Chessell

CHEW, WOODROW

Woodrow Chew
Serial Number—12010340
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New Jersey
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

CHILTON, FRED

British Army

F. Chilton
8, Alfred Road
Sheffield [England, United Kingdom]

Fred Chilton’s address is from G. Norman Davison’s prison camp notebook.

Fred Chilton and Norman Davison were sent to North Africa on the same boat, were captured together in Libya in April 1940, and were transferred from camp to camp together, eventually ending up in Camp 59.

After their time in Camp 59, the men were sent to separate camps and, after escape from their respective camps, both made their way north to freedom in Switzerland. They were later reunited in their hometown of Sheffield.

Poems by Fred Chiltern are recorded in both Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling,” and also in prisoner Edward Smith’s book of poems.

Source: In the Prison of His Days: The Memoirs of a Captured World War II Gunner by G. Norman Davison (Scratching Shed Publishing Ltd, 2009)

COCHRAN, ALVIE D.

Alvie D. Cochran
Serial Number—15055130
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Private First Class Alvie D. Cochran—Serial No. 15055130—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Alvie D. Cochran
North Tazewell, Virginia

COHEN, MILTON E.

Milton E. Cohen
Serial Number—12021433
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

COKELY, VERLIN E.

Verlin E. Cokely
Serial Number—36053918
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Illinois
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

COLE, CLAUDE J.

Claude J. Cole
Serial Number—20701883
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Died as prisoner of war)

Private First Class Claude J. Cole—Serial No. 20701883—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Claude J. Cole
202 5th Ave. N.E.
Oelwein, Iowa

COLLINS, JAMES

James Collins
Serial Number—13022149
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Private First Class James Collins—Serial No. 13022149—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
James Collins
410 Crawford Ave.
Barnesboro, Penn. [Pennsylvania]

COLLINS, R. H.

R. H. Collins
Service Number—5342465
Lance-Sergeant
2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

COLLINS, RUSSELL

Russell Collins
Serial Number—15046656
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Infantry
State of Residence—Kentucky
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

COOKE, CYRIL

Cyril Cooke
Trooper
1st Dragoons
Royal Armoured Corps

Was at Camp 59 March 11, 1942 until June 3, 1943

Source: Cyril’s son Graham J. Cooke

COOMBS, ALLEN A.

Allen A. Coombs
Serial Number—20701884
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Private First Class Allen A. Coombs—Serial No. 20701884—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Allen Coombs
R.F.D. #1
Marion, Iowa

COOPER, LEE

Lee Cooper
Serial Number—6653062
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

CORCORAN, JAMES A.

James A. Corcoran
Serial Number—11037316
Technical Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

James A. Coccoran
404 No. Montello Street
Brockton
Massachusetts

Source: In Clifford Houben’s address list, James is noted as having been interned in Camp. The address above is from that list. See post “Clifford Houben’s Address List,” January 5, 2013.

CORONA, ADOLPH J.

Adolph J. Corona
Serial Number—32304209
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New Jersey
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

COTE, EDMUND H.

Edmund H. Cote
77 Weetamoe Street
Fall River
Massachusetts

Source: In Clifford Houben’s address list, Edmund is noted as having been interned in Camp. The address above is from that list. See post “Clifford Houben’s Address List,” January 5, 2013.

The U.S. National Archives list of WW II POWs list a Edmund H. Cote (Serial No. 11011529) from Rhode Island as liberated from Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12. His enlistment records indicate that he is from Bristol County, Rhode Island. Is this the same Edmund Cote, and was he living in Massachusetts at the time of the war?

COWLEY, C.

C. Cowley
Service Number—5495088
2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
Sergeant
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

COX, MAURICE W.

Maurice W. Cox
Serial Number—37042565
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

COX, OLIN E.

Olin E. Cox
Serial Number—20705350
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

COX, RAYMOND E.

Raymond E. Cox
Serial Number—35261675
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—West Virginia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Raymond Cox
Company E, 47th Infantry Regiment
9th Infantry Division
U.S. Army

Raymond Cox
Louisa, Kentucky

Captured in Tunisia at the Battle of El Guettar, March 1943

Escaped from Camp 59 in September 14, 1943

Reached lines of the Polish forces, June 1944

Died October 22, 1994

Source: Raymond Cox’s daughter Ethel Stafford

COX, ROY L.

Roy L. Cox
Serial Number—35455726
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—Kentucky
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

CRAWFORD, GEORGE A.

British Army

George Crawford is one of 10 prisoners whose poems are recorded in Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling.”

This address for George Crawford is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

George A. Crawford
259 Ivydale Road
Waverly Park
London. S.E. 15
[England, United Kingdom]

CROMLEY, J. R.

J. R. Cromley is one of 10 prisoners whose poems are recorded in Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling.”

CRONIN, CLARENCE T.

Clarence T. Cronin
Serial Number—6871722
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Clarence T. “Tom” Cronin
Brooklyn, New York

Third Regiment
1st Infantry Division (“the Big Red One”)
U.S. Army

Captured in North Africa

Escaped from Camp 59

Died in 1996

Source: Tom Cronin’s son Ed Cronin

Thomas C. Cronin
3 Wood Place
Fitchbourgh [Fitchburg]
Massachusetts

Source: In Clifford Houben’s address list, Thomas is noted as having been interned in Camp 59. The address above is from that list. See post “Clifford Houben’s Address List,” January 5, 2013.

CROOKS, DENIS

No. 2578794
Signalman
Royal Corps of Signals
British Army

Denis Crooks is one of 10 prisoners whose poems are recorded in Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling.”

This address for Denis Crooks is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

Denis Crooks
141 Parkanaur Avenue
Thorpe Bay
Southend-on-Sea, Essex
[England, United Kingdom]

Captured in North Africa in April 1941 (possibly at Tobruk)

POW in Tripoli and Camp 59; transferred to Camp 53 in February 1943 (with Robert Dickinson) and then to Stalag IV-G (Oschatz) where he likely was held for the remainder of the war

Source: Denis Crooks’ daughter Maggie Clarke

CROSS, LEO A.

Leo A. Cross
Serial Number—37044709
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

CROTTY, LESLIE J.

Leslie J. Crotty
Serial Number—10600080
Corporal
U.S. Army, Cavalry—Cavalry Reconnaissance, Mechanized
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Corporal Les J. Cratty [Crotty]—Serial No. 10600080—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Les Crotty
21 Locust Street
Malverne, Long Island
New York

CULVER, WARREN A.

Warren A. Culver
Corporal Warron A. Colver [Warren Culver]—Serial No. 20705564—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Warren Culver
4300 Davis Ave.
Sioux City, Iowa

CUMMINGS, PIP

Pip Cummings is mentioned a letter dated October 21, 1943 in which a POW only identified as “Eric,” writing to his mother and dad, describes the escape from Camp 59 and the actions of the men immediately after.

Four men, Bill Marcus, Ron (last name unknown), Pip Cummings, and Eric himself were together near the camp for a time. Eric moved on alone and the following morning the German rounded up those who had stayed behind.

Source: letter from “Eric” provided by Denis Crooks’ daughter Maggie Clarke

CURTTRIGHT, EDGAR J.

Edgar J. Curttright
Corporal Edgar J. Curttright—Serial No. 20701885—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Edgar Curttright
354 8th Ave. S.W.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

DALE, ERNEST

Ernest Dale
20 Woodside Grove
North Finchley
London N12
[England, United Kingdom]

Source of address: Denis Crooks’ daughter Maggie Clarke

DANICH, LAWRENCE

Lawrence Danich
Serial Number—37098469
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Infantry
State of Residence—Minnesota
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

DAOUST, WILLIAM D., JR.

William D. Daoust, Jr.
Serial Number—6552720
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

DAVID, LEROY C.

Leroy C. David
Serial Number— 20717605
Corporal
U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers—Engineer
State of Residence—South Dakota
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Bud David
4232 Tamerack Dr.
Seattle 8, Wash. [Washington]

Bud David’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

Although the U.S. National Archives on-line POW database lists one serviceman with the last name of David returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-1, and he is Cpl. Leroy C. David, Army Corps of Engineers from South Dakota, it seems this might be the same Bud David. In at least one other case, that of Clifford Houben, the address listed on the playing cards was the address he was stationed at immediately before he went overseas, not his original home address.

DAVIDSON, LUTHER W.

Luther W. Davidson
Serial Number—12016884
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

DAVIDSON, WILLIAM L.

William L. Davidson

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

DAVIES, JOHN “JACK”

John Davies
Serial number—7597368
Private
RAOC (Royal Army Ordnance Corps)
British Army

This address for Jack Davies is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

Jack Davies
11 Clent Avenue
Maghull, Off Dodds Lane
Liverpool
[England, United Kingdom]

Source: Lorraine McLoughlin, whose mother was Jack Davies’ daughter-in-law owns a St. John’s Ambulance First Aid Book that belonged to Jack Davies; information about Jack is recorded on the inside covers of the book.

DAVIS, JOHN T.

John T. Davis
Serial Number—37207024
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—Missouri
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

DAVISON, G. NORMAN

G. Norman Davison’s military experiences are recorded in his book In the Prison of His Days: The Memoirs of a Captured World War II Gunner by G. Norman Davison (Scratching Shed Publishing Ltd, 2009)

DAY, VICTOR A.

This address for Victor Day is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

Victor A. Day
4 Carlton Terrace
West Hill
Hastings, Sussex
[England, United Kingdom]

DEANE, STEPHEN T.

Stephen T. Dean
Serial Number—12005280
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

DEAVER, GEORGE G.

George G. Deaver
Serial Number—6881043
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

DeCAMP, DARRELL

Darrell DeCamp
Serial Number—20706388
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

DECKER, WARREN

Warren Decker

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

DELANOY, HOWARD S.

Howard S. Delanoy
Serial Number—12007294
Corporal
U.S. Army, Field Artillery—155 MM Howitzer Truck Drawn
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

DENALE, LEO

Leo Denale
Serial Number—33136536
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

DENTLER, RAY W.

Ray W. Dentler
Serial Number—37073082
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Nebraska
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17)

Private First Class Ray W. Dentler—Serial No. 37073082—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Ray Dentler
Box #6
Antioch, Nebraska

Did Ray Dentler escape from Camp 59, and was he recaptured and sent to Stalag 2B Hammerstein?

DE SALVO, RALPH

Ralph De Salvo

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

DEWEY, HUBERT G.

Hubert G. Dewey
Serial Number—12005009
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

DICKINSON, ROBERT

Robert Dickinson, Gunner
British Royal Artillery, Lincoln Territorial Battery 237

Address:
Robert Dickinson
18 Westcliffe Street
Lincoln, Lincolnshire
England, United Kingdom

Taken prisoner in Libya in November 1941

Interned at Camp 59 from January 8, 1942 to January 24, 1943

Interned in Camp 53 Sforzacosta until his escape in September 1943 following the Italian Armistice

Found shelter with a family in Gassino in northern Italy; in October 1944 joined the Partisans

Killed in action while fighting with the Partisans on March 3, 1945

Buried in Milan War Cemetery

Sources: various documents from Robert’s nephew Steve Dickinson

Search this site for “Robert Dickinson” to access numerous posts about Robert and his prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling.”

DITTMAN, CHARLES M.

Charles M. Dittman
Serial Number—20705257
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

DIXON, FRANCIS L.

Francis L. Dixon
Serial Number—32294444
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

DOWLAND, S. C.

S. C. Dowland
Service Number—2614655
Corporal
1st Special Air Service Regiment
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

DOWNING, ROBERT R.

Robert R. Downing
Serial Number—37181688
Private
U.S. Army, Medical Department—Rifle
State of Residence—Missouri
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Robert R. Downing
Route 4
Warrensburg, Mo. [Missouri]

Robert R. Downing’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

DOWNES, R. J.

R. J. Downes

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

DRAZKOWSKI, THEODORE

Theodore Drazkowski
Serial Number—16023331
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

DRUCE, FREDERICK

This address for Frederick Druce is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

Frederick Druce
Sunny Side
New Road
Tyler’s Green
High Wycombe, Bucks. [Buckinghamshire]
[United Kingdom]

DUFF, AIDEN

Medical Officer
Royal Army Medical Corps

Aiden Duff served as second medical officer of Camp 59 under Dr. J. H. D. Millar

Escaped from Camp 59, but was recaptured

Sources: The Memoirs of J. H. D. Millar, published by Quaderni della Memoria, 2008; J. H. D. Millar’s daughter Lois Sproat

Giuseppe Millozzi in Allied Prisoners of War in the Region of the Marche and Prison Camp at Servigliano notes that both Aiden Duff and J. H. D. Millar were Scottish.

DUFFIELD, J. W. T.

J. W. T. Duffield
Flight Sergeant
Royal Air Force
Service Number—568313
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

DULANEY, DWIGHT L.

Dwight L. Dulaney
Serial Number—35000295
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Infantry
State of Residence—Ohio
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

DUNCAN, JOHN J.

John J. Duncan
Serial Number—32003300
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Field Artillery—Infantry
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

DUNFEE, ROBERT C.

Robert C. Dunfee
Serial Number—35214698
Corporal
U.S. Army, Field Artillery—Armored 105 MM Howitzer
State of Residence—Ohio
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

DUST, CLARENCE W.

Clarence W. Dust
Serial Number—36151528
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Infantry
State of Residence—Michigan
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

DZIERZYNSKI, EDWARD T.

Edward T. Dzierzynski
Serial Number— 31140926
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army, Air Corps—Army Air Forces
State of Residence—Illinois
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Edward T. Dzierzynski was one of three men who survived the crash of the Fyrtle Myrtle on July 16, 1943 at Pietragalla, Italy. The other two were Staff Sergeant Cyrus F. Johnson Jr. and Staff Sergeant Edward T. Dzierzynski. Robert Dulac was hospitalized in Potenza, Italy. Although the camp that Cyrus Johnson was in is not specified in the database, he likely was held in Camp 59 as well, as he escaped with Edward (official records indicate the two men returned to the Allied forces on the same day—”returned to duty, June 28, 1944″).

EBRIGHT, CHARLES H.

Charles H. Ebright
Serial Number—35254694
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Indiana
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ECKMAN, ELMER M.

Elmer M. Eckman
Serial Number—33088486
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

EDWARDS, ROBERT EDWARD ALBERT

Robert Edward Albert Edwards
WX17234
Australian Army Corps—2nd/32nd Battalion

One of nine Australian POWs who escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943

(The nine Australians were: John “Jack” Albert Allen, Thomas David Alman, Arthur George Bell—who sometimes went by A. G. Jux, Lawrence Mortimer “Lawrie” Butler, Vaughn Lawrence Carter, Robert Edward Albert Edwards, James William Feehan, Ronald James “Jimmy” McMahon, and Leslie Worthington)

Source: Ray Worthington, son of former Camp 59 prisoner Leslie Worthington

EDWARDS, SPENCER A.

Spencer A. Edwards
Serial Number—32161370
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

EICHLER, JACK

Jack Eichler
Serial Number—36216941
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ELLIOTT, ARTHUR S.

Arthur S. Elliott
Serial Number—20701801
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ELLIS, ERNEST C.

Ernest C. Ellis
Serial Number—37003120
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Force
State of Residence—Kansas
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 21 Chieti Italy 42-14)

Ernest Ellis
4th Milner
Hays, Kans. [Kansas]

Ernest Ellis’ name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

Did Ernest Ellis escape from Camp 59, and was he recaptured and sent to CC 21?

ELLSWORTH, NORMAN A.

Norman A. Ellsworth
Serial Number—39186606
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ENGLAND, BILLY V.

Billy England
Serial Number—6956161
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Texas
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11)

Private Billy V. England—Serial No. 6956161—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Billy England
310 E. Tyler
Mangum, Okla. [Oklahoma]

Did Billy England escape from Camp 59, and was he recaptured and sent to Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria?

ERDBRINK, AUGUST C.

August C. Erdbrink
Serial Number—33067286
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Private August C. Erdbrink—Serial No. 33067286—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
August C. Erdbrink
126 S. Ellwood Ave.
Baltimore, Md. [Maryland]

EUBANK, RALPH E.

Ralph E. Eubank
Serial Number—33090208
Corporal
U.S. Army, Field Artillery—Armored 105 MM Howitzer
State of Residence—Virginia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

EVERETT, JOHN O.

John O. Everett
Serial Number—34138090
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Military Police
State of Residence—Mississippi
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Private First Class John O. Everett—Serial No. 34138090
John Everett is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
John O. Everett
Route 5
Hattiesburg, Miss. [Mississippi]

Captured near Kasserine Pass in North Africa

Interned in Camp 98 on Sicily for 28 days before being transferred to Camp 59

Escaped from Camp 59 in September 1943 with Willis Largent; both men were protected by Nazareno Lupi and his wife for nine months (the Lupi family lived near the town of Force in the province of Ascoli Piceno)

Repatriated in June 1944

Died in 1995

Sources: an interview with John O. Everett; John O. Everett’s son John O. Everett, Jr. and daughter Sandra Everett Barnett

EXCELL, EUGENE C.

Eugene C. Excell
Serial Number—32026850
Technician, Grade 4
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Force
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

FACCHINA, CHRISTOPHER J.

Christopher J. Facchina
Serial Number—33189164
Private
U.S. Army, Field Artillery—105 MM Howitzer Truck Drawn
State of Residence—District of Columbia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Private Chris J. Facchina—Serial No. 33189164—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Christopher J. Facchina
1225 Quincy Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C.

FALATEK, PAUL J.

Paul J. Falatek
Serial Number—33137349
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

FARLEY, BENJAMIN F.

Benjamin F. Farley
Serial Number—15054958
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—West Virginia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Private Benjamin F. Farley—Serial No. 15054958—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Benjamin F. Farley
Box 16
Hatfield, Ky. [Kentucky]

After escape from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943, traveled with Armie Hill; they together reached the Eighth Army at British lines near Termoli on October 15, 1943

FEEHAN, JAMES WILLIAM

James William Feehan
WX14366
Australian Army Corps—2nd/32nd Battalion

One of nine Australian POWs who escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943

(The nine Australians were: John “Jack” Albert Allen, Thomas David Alman, Arthur George Bell—who sometimes went by A. G. Jux, Lawrence Mortimer “Lawrie” Butler, Vaughn Lawrence Carter, Robert Edward Albert Edwards, James William Feehan, Ronald James “Jimmy” McMahon, and Leslie Worthington)

Source: Ray Worthington, son of former Camp 59 prisoner Leslie Worthington

FELCHLE, RAYMOND

Raymond Felchle
Serial Number—37025587
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—North Dakota
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Private Ray Felcle [Felchle]—Serial No. 37025587—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Ray Felchle
Goodrich, N. Dak [North Dakota]

FIELDS, CLARENCE A.

Clarence A. Fields
Serial Number—34089653
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

FIORE, ANTHONY P., JR.

Anthony P. Fiore, Jr.
Serial Number—32003230
Private
U.S. Army, Medical Department—Rifle
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17)

Private Anthony P. Fiore—Serial No. 32003230
Anthony Fiore is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Anthony Fiore
24 Pratt Street
Haverstraw, N.Y. [New York]

Did Anthony Fiore escape from Camp 59, and was he recaptured and sent to Stalag 2B Hammerstein?

FISK, CARL V.

Carl V. Fisk
Serial Number—12005201
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

FLEISCHAUER, W., JR.

W. Fleischauer, Jr.
Serial Number—12013944
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army, Air Corps—Bombardment, Medium
State of Residence—Delaware
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

FORD, JOHNNIE D.

Johnnie D. Ford
Serial Number—38029234
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Force
State of Residence—Texas
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

FORMAN, ALEC
(or FOREMAN, ALEC)

Alec. Forman (A. Forman) is one of 10 prisoners whose poems are recorded in Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling.”

Alec Foreman
(Rifleman 6852912)
2 Jack Street
Yermiston?
Transfaal, South Africa

[This address is likely Germiston, Transvaal, South Africa]

Source of address: Denis Crooks’ daughter Maggie Clarke

FOSTER, HARRY

This address for Harry Foster is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

Harry Foster
Inkley House
Bailgate, Lincoln
[Lincolnshire]
[England, United Kingdom]

FOWLER, DEE L.

Dee L. Fowler
Serial Number—34149584
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

FREESTONE, ARTHUR

Arthur Freestone
96 Forest Road
Lower Edmonton, London N9
England

Source: Arthur Freestone’s name and address is recorded in Charles Simmon’s prison camp 1943 calendar and address book.

FREGEDE, ANDREW G.

Andrew G. Fregede
Serial Number—33137881
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

FREMD, DONALD D.

Donald D.Fremd
Serial Number—39078023
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

FRENCH, MAURICE ERNEST

Private Maurice Ernest “Snow” French
Serial No. 36248
27
(Machine Gun) Battalion
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Captured at Ruweisat Ridge, El Alamein in 1942.
Interned in Campo 42 (Italy), Campo 59 (Italy), and Campo in Bay of Venice (Italy). Free for 7 months before being recaptured and sent to Germany, where he spent another year in Stalag VIIA Moosburg (Germany), Stalag IVB Muhlberg (Germany), and Stalag Esdenmein
Source: Online Cenotaph Database (Auckland War Memorial Museum), and Maurice’s granddaughter Miriam McDonald.

FRICK, WALTER P.

Walter P. Frick
Serial Number—37026306
Private
U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers—Engineer
State of Residence—Minnesota
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

FROEHLICH, ALVIN E.

Alvin E. Froehlich

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

FRYE, OWEN M.

Owen M. Frye
Serial Number—15057395
Technician, Grade 5
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Infantry
State of Residence—Virginia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Owen Frye
Bluefield, West Virginia

Escaped from Camp 59 in September 1943; Owen Frye and William Helmley were protected by the Marcozzi family near the town of Force in the province of Ascoli Piceno

Repatriated in June 1944

Sources: an interview with John O. Everett; John O. Everett’s son John O. Everett, Jr.

FRYT, ANTHONY T.

Anthony T. Fryt
Serial Number—37162428
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—inlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

GABBARD, HOBERT W.

Hobert W. Gabbard
Serial Number—15056350
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

GADDY, KENNETH E.

Kenneth E. Gaddy
Serial Number—20701847
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Sergeant Kenneth E. Gaddy—Serial No. 20701847—recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Kenneth E. Gaddy
Vinton, Iowa

GAFFNEY, JOHN H.

John H. Gaffney
Serial Number—12040114
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

GALLO, CHARLES

Charles Gallo
Serial Number—6136465
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Connecticut
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Charles Webster Smith says in his memoirs Wine, Bread, & Cheese: A POW’s Story of Survival in Italy (©1998 by Ruby Simon Smith, Woodburner Press, Austin, Texas) that he and the following men left Camp 59 together on September 15, 1943: Charles Gallo of New Haven, Connecticut; Everett Kidd from Virginia; Raymond Johnson from Missouri; William F. “Bill” Tschoerner from Jarrell, Texas.

GARONE, JOHN J.

John J. Garone
Serial Number—12021619
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

GEORGE, FRANCIS CECIL

Francis Cecil ‘Dick’ George
PJX 203935
Royal Navy

Source: WW2 People’s War, BBC website

GEORGIUO, G.

G. Georgiou
Service Number—1712593
Gunner
49th Battalion, Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

GINN, JAMES A.

James A. Ginn
Serial Number—20846363
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Air Corps—Bombardment, Medium
State of Residence—Arizona
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

GOETTEL, WESLEY A.

Wesley A. Goettel
Serial Number—37042382
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Minnesota
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Wesley Goettel
420 E. 5th Street
Blue Earth
Minnesota

Wesley Goettel’s name and address (above) were recorded in Ray Kestner’s “Christmas Book.”

GOLLOP, R. E. M.

R. E. M. Gollop
Service Number—7586544
Sergeant
2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

GONTARSKI, WALTER A.

Walter A. Gontarski
Serial Number—32180821
Corporal
U.S. Army
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

GOOD, GEORGE E., JR.

George E. Good, Jr.
Serial Number—13057379
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

GOOD, CARL L.

Carl L. Good

Serial Number—37158596

Private First Class

U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Kansas

Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943 with Joseph Olinix, George Tucker, James Snodgrass, James Martelli, and James Kingsley.

Source: Carl Good’s granddaughter Crystal Aceves

GORDON, RONALD

Ronald Gordon
9 Tannadice Street
Dundee, Angus
Scotland

Source: Ronald Gordon’s name and address is recorded in Charles Simmon’s prison camp 1943 calendar and address book.

GORSHE, LELAND J.

Leland J. Gorshe
Serial Number—20704953
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

GOSSMAN, ROBERT J.

Robert J. Gossman
Serial Number—33116580
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers—Engineer
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

GRAY, ATHOL B.

Athol B. Gray
Serial Number—36052038
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Force
State of Residence—Illinois
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated but no camp is listed)

Athol Gray
R.R. 1
Pleasant Hill, Illinois

Athol Gray’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

GREEN, JOHN D.

John D. Green
Serial Number—17028052
Corporal
U.S. Army, Field Artillery—155 MM Howitzer Truck Drawn
State of Residence—Kansas
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

GREENBERG, EDWARD M.

Edward M. Greenberg
Serial Number—12021601
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

GREENSHIELDS, J. M.

J. M. Greenshields
Platoon Acting Sergeant
Service Number—860452
Royal Horse Artillery
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

GRIFFEN, RICHARD P.

Richard P. Griffen
Serial Number—20717950
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—California
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

GRILLO, PETER C.

Peter C. Grillo
Serial Number—12020395
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17)

Source: Peter’s son, Roy Grillo

GROSSMAN, FERREE

Ferree Grossman

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

GUILLORY, JAMES

James Guillory
Serial Number—6959286
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers—Engineer (Combat, Square Divisions and Combat Units Not in Divisions)
State of Residence—not listed
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Private First Class James Guillary [Guillory]—Serial No. 6959286—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
James Guillory
Gravier 2217
New Orleans, Louisiana

GUY, B.

B. Guy
Service Number—902822
Flight Sergeant
39th Squadron, Royal Air Force
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 12, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

HADUK, LEON

Leon Haduk
Serial Number—11011496
Private
U.S. Army, Cavalry—Cavalry Reconnaissance, Mechanized
State of Residence—Massachusetts
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

HANKS, MILTON M.

Milton M. Hanks
Serial Number—37042259
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

HARMAN, CHARLES A.

Charles A. Harman, an American serviceman who was interned in Camp 59, was later a prisoner in Germany.His name appears in U.S. State Department wartime reports about Camp 59 from the Swiss Legation in Rome.
Source: researcher Robert A. Newton

Charles A. Harman
Serial Number—35040104
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Ohio
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17)

HARRIS, AURTHER
[or HARRIS, ARTHUR]

This address for Aurther Harris is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

Aurther Harris
406 Redditch Road
King’s Norton
Birmingham [West Midlands]
[United Kingdom]

Camp 59 POW Denis Crooks’ daughter Maggie Clarke said her father knew Arthur Harris.

HARRIS, HARTWELL R.

Hartwell R. Harris
Serial Number—37100623
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

HARTLEY, MURRELL C.

Murrell C. Harley
Serial Number—37141362
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Missouri
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

HASMAN, EDWARD D.

Edward D. Hasman
Serial Number—12017502
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

HATFIELD, ROY E.

Roy E. Hatfield
Serial Number—15053796
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Force
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Roy Hatfield
Meador, West Virginia
Hill Billy Sheep Hearder [sic]

Roy Hatfield’s name and address (above) and the quip “Hill Billy Sheep Hearder” were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

HAUSER, MAX A.

Max A. Hauser
Serial Number—33114113
Private
U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers—Armored (Divisional)
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Max Hauser
Linden, Penna. [Pennsylvania]

Max Hauser’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

HAWKSLEY-HILL, P. A.

P. A. Hawksley-Hill
Service Number—115227
Sergeant Pilot
185th Squadron, Royal Air Force
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

HEGARTY, _______

________ Hegarty
Sergeant Major
British Army

Camp leader at Camp 59 from September 1942 to September 1943

Source: Swiss Red Cross reports as referenced by Giuseppe Millozzi in Allied Prisoners of War in the Region of the Marche and Prison Camp at Servigliano

HELMLY, WILLIAM A.

William A. Helmly
Serial Number—34195650
Private
U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers—Armored (Divisional)
State of Residence—Georgia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

William Helmly
c/o John C. Calhoun Homes
26A Cedar Ave.
N.
Charleston, S.C. [South Carolina]

William Helmly’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

John O. Everett in an interview said that William Helmley is from Savannah, Georgia

Escaped from Camp 59 in September 1943; William Helmley and Owen Frye were protected by the Marcozzi family near the town of Force in the province of Ascoli Piceno

Sources: an interview with John O. Everett; John O. Everett’s son John O. Everett, Jr.

HERMAN, EDWARD R.

Edward R. Herman

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

HESLEP, WILLIAM

William Heslep

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

HIGGINS, ORVILLE A.

Orville A. Higgins
Serial Number—39928714
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry—Divisional Artillery
State of Residence—not listed
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 11B Fallingbostel Prussia (Work Camps) 53-09)

Orville Higgins
Oreville, Calif. [California]

Orville Higgin’s name and address 9above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

Did Orville Higgins escape from Camp 59, and was he recaptured and sent to Stalag 11B Fallingbostel?

HILL, ARMIE S.

[Incorrectly listed as Arnie S. Hill in the National Archives on-line database]

Armie S. Hill
Serial Number—36200720
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted [Wisconsin]
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Address:
Armie Sulo Hill
R.F.D. #1
Phelps, Wisconsin

On February 23, 1943 was captured at Battle of Kasserine Pass, Tunisia

February 24–28—prisoner at Gabes, Tunisia

March 1–3 (or February 28–March 2—transported from Gabes to Le Bardo, west of Tunis, by railroad

March 3–30—prisoner at Le Bardo

March 30 (or March 31)—flown from North Africa to Sicily and at Sicily was held as prisoner at Camp 98 near Palermo

May 14—left Camp 98 and was transported by truck to Messina, then by ship from Messina to Reggio di Calabria on the Italian mainland, and finally by railroad from Reggio to Camp 59 in central Italy

May 17—arrived at Camp 59, Servigliano

September 14—escaped from Camp 59

October 15, 1943—traveled with Ben Farley and they together reached the Eighth Army at British lines near Termoli

Died in April 2000

Source: Armie Hill’s son Dennis Hill

HILLMAN, CHESTER A.

Chester A. Hillman
Serial Number—15082385
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army, Air Corps—Medium Bomber (B25, B26)
State of Residence—Indiana
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

HILLMAN, FRANK

Frank Hillman
Serial Number—12047271
Private
U.S. Army, Field Artillery
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

HINES, RAYMOND

Raymond Hines
Serial Number—7040703
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Force
State of Residence—Kentucky
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Raymond Hines
Eubank, Ky. [Kentucky]

Raymond Hine’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

HNATH, MICHAEL W.

Michael W. Hnath
Serial Number—31047316
Technician, Grade 5
U.S. Army, Cavalry—Cavalry Reconnaissance, Mechanized
State of Residence—Connecticut
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

HOAG, RALPH

Ralph Hoag
Serial Number—12017540
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 3B Furstenberg Brandenburg, Prussia (Also KDOS [USA] #1-5; ARB BTNS 225-255) 52-14)

Ralph Hoag
U.S. Army—Company A, 18th Infantry Regiment
1st Infantry Division (“the Big Red One”)

Captured at Long Stop Hill, near Medjez el Bab, Tunisia on December 23, 1942

Interned in Camp 98, Sicily, for one month

Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943; recaptured by German paratroopers nine days later

After recapture, Ralph Hoag was interned at Muhlberg, Stalag IV-B, Stalag II-B at Hammerstein, Stalag III-B Furstenberg on Oder, and Stalag III-A at Luckenwalde

Liberated April 22, 1945

Source: Ralph Hoag

HOCHMAN, HERMAN J.

Herman J. Hochman
Serial Number—18061638
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army, Air Corps—Bombardment, Heavy
State of Residence—Texas
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

HOLCOMB, VENTERS

Venters Holcomb
Serial Number—13015647
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Kentucky
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

HOLLAND, ____

_______ Holland
Corporal

One of 12 POWs who escaped from Camp 59 though a tunnel on the night of September 11, 1942. Corporal Holland knocked in the sides of the tunnel and became stuck. All escapees were recaptured and held in close confinement cells for 10 days.

Source: Giuseppe Millozzi in Allied Prisoners of War in the Region of the Marche and Prison Camp at Servigliano, referencing Gilbert Broadbent in Behind Enemy Lines

HOLLIS, C. A.

C. A. Hollis is one of 10 prisoners whose poems are recorded in Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling.”

HOLT, CHARLES

This address for Charles Holt is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

Charles Holt
35. Burton Street
Middleton
N. Manchester
[England, United Kingdom]

HOLTZMAN, CHARLES L.

Charles L. Holtzman

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

HOOPER-ROGERS, C. G.

C. G. Hooper-Rogers is one of 10 prisoners whose poems are recorded in Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling.”

HORTON, CLARENCE J.

Clarence J. Horton
Serial Number—38019317
Corporal
U.S. Army, service branch unlisted
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Clarence Horton
Bangs, Texas

Clarence Horton’s name and address (above) were recorded in Ray Kestner’s “Christmas Book.”

HOUBEN, CLIFFORD H.

Clifford H. Houben
Serial Number—12016278
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17)

Clifford H. Houben
1 W. 10th St.
Lowell, Mass. [Massachusetts]

Clifford H. Houben’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

The same address is recorded in Clifford’s own address list. See post “Clifford Houben’s Address List,” January 5, 2013.

Clifford Houben escaped from Camp 59 and was given refuge by Italians; he was later recaptured and sent to Stalag 2B in Germany.

He was originally from McKean County, Pennsylvania, but he enlisted in Olean, New York.

While he was stationed in Massachusetts he married; the address of Lowell, Massachusetts in Luther Shields’ playing card deck is the address of the newlyweds before Clifford went overseas.

Clifford Houben died in 1971.

Source: Clifford Houben’s son Wayne Houben

HUDDLESTON, EARL W.

Earl W. Huddleston
Serial Number—6992438
First Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

HUG, EARL

Earl Hug
Serial Number—16048446
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Wisconsin
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

HUGHES, JACK G.

Jack G. Hughes
Serial Number—14046442
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Force
State of Residence—Tennessee
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

HUNT, LAWRENCE F.

Lawrence F. Hunt
Serial Number—14038487
Private
U.S. Army, Field Artillery
State of Residence—Florida
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Private First Class Lawrence F. Hunt—Serial No. 14038487—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Lawrence F. Hunt
Route 1
Clermont, Florida

HURLEY, WILLIAM W.

William W. Hurley
Serial Number—38064103
Private
U.S. Army, Cavalry—Cavalry Reconnaissance, Mechanized
State of Residence—Oklahoma
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Private First Class William W. Hurley—Serial No. 38064103—recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Bill Hurley
Spencer, Okla. [Oklahoma]

IBBETSON, ALBERT EDWARD

Albert Edward Ibbetson
(Driver 4532572)
17 Linden Avenue
Thornbury
Bradford
Yorkshire
[England, United Kingdom]

Source of address: Denis Crooks’ daughter Maggie Clarke

JACKSON, F. R.

F. R. Jackson
Service Number—7888771
Trooper
7th Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

JAQUES, G. W.

G. W. Jaques
Service Number—883615
Gunner
Special Air Service
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

JARVIS, VIRGIL

Virgil Jarvis
Serial Number—35108445
Private
U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers—Armored (Divisional)
State of Residence—Maryland
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Virgil Jarvis, Jr.
523 N. 3rd St.
Central City, Ky. [Kentucky]

Virgil Jarvas, Jr.’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

JOHNSON, CYRUS F.

Cyrus F. Johnson
Serial Number—19013120
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army, Air Corps—Heavy Bombardment
State of Residence—Idaho
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated but no camp listed)

Cyrus Johnson was one of three men who survived the crash of the Fyrtle Myrtle on July 16, 1943 at Pietragalla, Italy. The other two were Staff Sergeant Robert E. Dulac and Staff Sergeant Edward T. Dzierzynski. Edward Dzierzynski is listed in the WW II POW database of the U.S. National Archives as having been interned in Camp 59 (Robert Dulac was hospitalized in Potenza, Italy). Although the camp that Cyrus was in is not specified in the database, he likely was held in Camp 59 as well and escaped with Edward (official records indicate the two men returned to the Allied forces on the same day).

JOHNSON, RAYMOND A.

Raymond A. Johnson
Serial Number—37129673
Private
U.S. Army, Medical Department—Armored Force
State of Residence—Missouri
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Charles Webster Smith says in his memoirs Wine, Bread, & Cheese: A POW’s Story of Survival in Italy (©1998 by Ruby Simon Smith, Woodburner Press, Austin, Texas) that he and the following men left Camp 59 together on September 15, 1943: Charles Gallo of New Haven, Connecticut; Everett Kidd from Virginia; Raymond Johnson from Missouri; William F. “Bill” Tschoerner from Jarrell, Texas.

JONES, HOWARD F.

Howard F. Jones
Lance-Corporal, NCO
Medical Orderly
Royal Army Medical Corps
British Army

Escaped from Camp 59 with Dr. J. H. D. Millar

Source: The Memoirs of J. H. D. Millar, published by Quaderni della Memoria, 2008

H. F. Jones
Service Number—7518016
Corporal
16th Parachute Field Ambulance
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

JONES, WILLIAM

This address for William Jones is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

William Jones
1 Maes Tryfon
Groeslon
Caernarvonshire
North Wales [United Kingdom]

JORDAN, GEORGE D.

This address for George Jordan is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

George D. Jordan
4 Carr Lane
Grimsby [North East Lincolnshire]
[England, United Kingdom]

JORGENSEN, DANIEL M.

Daniel M. Jorgensen
Serial Number—37042238
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

JUX, ARTHUR GEORGE

Arthur George Jux
NX10180
Australian Army Corps—2nd/32nd Battalion

One of nine Australian POWs who escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943

(The nine Australians were: John “Jack” Albert Allen, Thomas David Alman, Arthur George Bell—who sometimes went by A. G. Jux, Lawrence Mortimer “Lawrie” Butler, Vaughn Lawrence Carter, Robert Edward Albert Edwards, James William Feehan, Ronald James “Jimmy” McMahon, and Leslie Worthington)

Note: A. G. Bell was actually Arthur George Bell on the 2nd/32nd nominal roll, but his British father’s name was Richard Jux and Arthur sometimes went by the name A. G. Jux.

Source: Ray Worthington, son of former Camp 59 prisoner Leslie Worthington

KANE, HENRY

Henry Kane
Serial Number—12020306
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17)

Henry Kane
192 Wash. [Washington] St.
Newburgh, N.Y. [New York]

Henry Kane’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

Captured at Battle of Longstop Hill, Tunisia, December 23, 1942

Repatriated May 2, 1945

Henry Kane and Richard Kane (below) were brothers.
Source: Henry Kane’s son George Kane

KANE, RICHARD

Richard Kane
Serial Number—12020303
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17)

Richard Kane
192 Washington Street
Newburgh, New York

Captured at Battle of Longstop Hill, Tunisia, December 23, 1942

Repatriated May 2, 1945

Richard Kane and Henry Kane (above) were brothers.
Source: Richard Kane’s nephew (and Henry Kane’s son) George Kane

KAVANA, JAMES EDWARD

James Kavana escaped from Camp 59, was recaptured by the Germans, and then escaped again.
Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

KEATING, LEO E.

Leo E. Keating

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

KEELEY, JOSEPH J.

Joseph J. Keeley
Serial Number—33186173
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Force
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

KELLER, EMIL J.

Emil J. Keller
Serial Number—32157976
Corporal
U.S. Army, Field Artillery
State of Residence—New Jersey
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

KESTNER, RAYMOND

Raymond Kestner
Private

Died in 1986

Source: Raymond Kestner’s granddaughter Jessica Kestner McMahon

KIDD, EVERETTE L.

Everette L. Kidd
Serial Number—35200125
Private
U.S. Army, Medical Department—Armored Infantry
State of Residence—West Virginia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Charles Webster Smith says in his memoirs Wine, Bread, & Cheese: A POW’s Story of Survival in Italy (©1998 by Ruby Simon Smith, Woodburner Press, Austin, Texas) that he and the following men left Camp 59 together on September 15, 1943: Charles Gallo of New Haven, Connecticut; Everett Kidd from Virginia; Raymond Johnson from Missouri; William F. “Bill” Tschoerner from Jarrell, Texas.

KILLBY, J. KEITH

Special Air Service (British Special Forces)

Captured May 1943, Sardinia

Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943

Sources: Article “Britain at War: Initiating a POW breakout in Italy,” The Telegraph (www.telegraph.co.uk), November 13, 2008; http://www.ww2escapelines.co.uk

J. Keith Killby is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and a Cavaliere Ufficiale of the Italian Republic

J. Keith Killby, together with other WW II , founded the Monte San Martino Trust in. The Trust awards English language study bursaries to Italians, aged 18 to 25, in recognition of the courage and generosity of the Italian people in aiding the escaped Allied prisoners of war.

KIMMONS, ELDRIDGE H.

Eldridge H. Kimmons
Serial Number—14013189
Technician, Grade 4
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—Florida
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

KING, CHARLES A.

Charles A. King
Serial Number—20704916
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

KING, WILLMAN I.

Willman King
Star Route, Box 54
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Captured in Algeria, Willman King was interned in Italian and German camps, including Camp 59.

Source: Willman King’s son Joseph M. King

KINGSLEY, JAMES G.

James G. Kingsley

Serial Number—0&678420

Second Lieutenant

U.S. Army, Air Corps—Heavy Bombardment
State of Residence—Illinois

Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12)

Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943 with Joseph Olinix, George Tucker, James Snodgrass, James Martelli, and Carl Good.

Source: Carl Good’s granddaughter Crystal Aceves

KIRK, JESSE E.

Jesse E. Kirk
Serial Number—6952090
Technical Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—Texas
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

KIRK, WILLARD

Willard Kirk
Serial Number—15055023
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—West Virginia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

KIRKPATRICK, JOHN F., JR.

John F. Kirkpatrick, Jr.
Serial Number—13003189
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Captured in North Africa on March 18, 1943

Source: Jack Kirkpatrick’s daughter Colleen Nisewonger; 1944 news article from The Democrat (Johnstown, Pennsylvania)

Jack Kirkpatrick
322 Lincoln St.
Johnstown, Pa. [Pennsylvania]

Jack Kirkpatrick’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

In Clifford Houben’s address list, Jack is also noted as having been interned in Camp 59. The address above is also on Clifford’s list. See post “Clifford Houben’s Address List,” January 5, 2013.

KIRSCHNER, HARRY

Harry Kirschner
412 Pulaski St.
Brooklyn, N.Y. [New York]

Harry Kirschner’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

U.S. National Archives on-line POW database lists two servicemen with the last name of Kirschner from New York who were detained by Germany. Neither of these are specifically identified as returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a specific camp. These two servicemen are Morris Kirschner and Wallace E. Kirschner.

KIVLEHAN, WILLIAM J. “KIVVY”

William J. Kivlehan

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

KOBER, EDWARD W.

Edward W. Kober
Serial Number—33137217
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

KORNRUMPH, WILLIAM S.

William S. Kornrumph
Serial Number—12020628
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17)

Corporal William S. Kornrumph—Serial No. 12020628—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Bill Kornrumph
33-40 150 Place
Flushing, Long Island
New York

Did William Kornrumph escape from Camp 59, and was he recaptured and sent to Stalag 2B Hammerstein?

KNIGHT, T. H.

T. H. Knight
Service Number—5493563
Sergeant
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

KRAGER, ROBERT R.

Robert R. Krager
Service Number—170400065
4217 S. 23rd Street
Omaha, Nebraska

Born June 27, 1920

Robert R. Krager, an American serviceman who was interned in Camp 59, was later a prisoner in Germany. His name appears in U.S. State Department wartime reports about Camp 59 from the Swiss Legation in Rome.
Source: researcher Robert A. Newton

Serial Number—17040065
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Air Corps—Heavy Bombardment
State of Residence—Nebraska
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15)

KREISCH, MICHAEL R.

Michael R. Kreisch
Serial Number—16037380
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—Illinois
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

KUHN, _____

______ Kuhn was charged with a crime and brought to trial in Camp 59. Red Cross delegates would have checked that the court-martial complied with the Geneva Convention.

Source: Swiss Red Cross report on Camp 59 (December 16, 1942), as referenced by Giuseppe Millozzi in Allied Prisoners of War in the Region of the Marche and Prison Camp at Servigliano

KULYNYCH, WILLIAM

William Kulynych
Serial Number—32302560
Private
U.S. Army, Air Corps
State of Residence—New Jersey
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

LACEY, _____

Source: Swiss Red Cross report on Camp 59 from December 16, 1942, as referenced by Giuseppe Millozzi in Allied Prisoners of War in the Region of the Marche and Prison Camp at Servigliano

LACY, MICHEAL W.

This address for Micheal Lacy is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

Micheal W. Lacy
37 Hampstead Lane
Highgate, London S.E. 6
[United Kingdom]

LANGONE, JERMIAH J.

Jermiah J. Langone
Serial Number—31068754
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Massachusetts
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

LaPORTE, FRANK R.

Frank R. LaPorte
Serial Number—20416457
Technical Sergeant
U.S. Army, Air Corps
State of Residence—Alabama
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

LARGENT, WILLIS

Willis Largent
Serial Number—13023021
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Tennessee
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Private First Class Willis Largent—Serial No. 13023021—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Wally Largent
Church Street
H.B. P.A. [likely Harrisburg, Pennsylvania]
Telephone 2541

Escaped from Camp 59 in September 1943 with John O. Everett; both men were protected by Nazareno Lupi and his wife for nine months (the Lupi family lived near the town of Force in the province of Ascoli Piceno)

Repatriated in June 1944

Sources: an interview with John O. Everett; John O. Everett’s son John O. Everett, Jr.

LAWRENCE, ERNEST P.

Ernest P. Lawrence
Serial Number—20701895
Private
U.S. Army
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

LETTER, WALTER

Walter Letter

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

LEWIS, HOMER

Homer Lewis

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

LIGHT, ROLAND B.

Roland B. Light
Serial Number—12021044
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

LIGHTBODY, KENNETH

Kenneth Lightbody

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

LIGON, LYNDALE

Lyndale Ligon
Serial Number—38153226
Private
U.S. Army, Coast Artillery Corps
State of Residence—Oklahoma
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Lyndale Ligon
Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Lyndale Ligon’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

LINAWEAVER, EARL C.

Earl C. Linaweaver

Serial Number—13023638
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Virginia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17)

Private First Class Earl C. Linaweaver—Serial No. 13023638—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Earl Linaweaver
Winchester, Virginia

Did Earl Linaweaver escape from Camp 59, and was he recaptured and sent to Stalag 2B Hammerstein?

LINKER, ROBERT

Robert Linker

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

LIPSCOMB, JESSE D.

Jesse D. Lipscomb

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

LOCKETT, F. T.

F. T. Lockett
Service Number—5050489
Sergeant
2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 15, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

LOONAM, GILBERT D.

Gilbert D. Loonam
Serial Number—32019660
Private
U.S. Army, Medical Department—Rifle
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Private First Class Gilbert D. Loonam—Serial No. 32019660—recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Gil. G. Loonam
9024-204 St.
Hollis, Long Island
New York
Telephone Missouri 70670

LUM, CHARLES

Charles Lum
Serial Number—39227259
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Force
State of Residence—California
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11)

Escaped from Camp 59—though the hole in the wall—on September 14, 1943, with an Italian named Nello who was in the prison camp for being AWOL and Luther Vaughn. Nello lives in Servigliano.

Sources: Luther Vaughn’s daughters Judy Ingersoll and Victoria McMackin

MacDOUGALL, JOSEPH

Joseph MacDougall
Serial Number—12026083
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

MAJESKI, EDWIN M.

Edwin M. Majeski
Serial Number—14037579
Corporal
U.S. Army, Field Artillery
State of Residence—South Carolina
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946
(DIED AS PRISONER OF WAR; 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Robert Newton and Martin Majeski were sheltered by Cesare Viozzi’s family for nearly six months before the men were discovered by Germans and executed on March 9, 1944.

Sources: Robert Newton’s nephew Robert A. Newton (Hillsboro, Oregon), and and interview conducted by Filippo Ieranò with Cesare Viozzi published in Antigone nella Valle del Tenna, or “Antigone in the Tenna Valley,” regional authority of the Marche (Consiglio Regionale delle Marche), 2002

MALY, JOSEPH

Joseph Maly
Serial Number—16000460
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Illinois
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Private Joe Maly—Serial No. 16000460—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Joseph Maly
125 So. LaSalle
Aurora, Ill [Illinois]

Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943 though the hole in the wall with James Guillary

Joe Maly, James Guillary, and at least three other escapees from Camp 59 were sheltered by the family of Nello Papiri in Montefalcone Appennino at least though June 25, 1944 (as evidenced by a photo bearing that date)

Joe Maly fought with the Italian partisans and eventually was repatriated by the Polish forces

Died in January 2000

Source: Joseph Maly’s son Al Maly

MANCINELLI, FRANK

Frank Mancinelli
Bar Machine Gunner
E Company
47th Infantry Regiment
9th Infantry Division
U.S. Army

Wounded in action and captured at Kasserine Pass on March 28, 1943

Transported to Palermo, Sicily, for a hospital stay of 14 days

Transferred to a hospital in Bologna, Italy for a six-month recovery

Transported with 100 other prisoners to Camp 59

Escaped after signing of the Armistice, but was recaptured after 10 days and taken back to Camp 59; held there until transport to Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria

After a short stay at Moosburg, transferred to 2B in Hammerstein, Germany. After one and a half years, was transported to Hamburg, Germany; then moved to Cologne, Germany

Liberated on April 18, 1945 by a British tank battalion

Died in 2006

Sources: American Ex-Prisoners of War biography and Frank Mancinelli’s daughter, Irene Mancinelli

MANDESE, JOE C.

Joe C. Mandese
Serial Number—32188839
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated; no camp listed)

Escaped from Camp 59 with Peter J. Calvagno, Edmond Petrelli, Tony Spicola, and Felice D. Vacca

Source: Felice Vacca’s son Mario Vacca

MARCUS, BILL

Bill Marcus is mentioned a letter dated October 21, 1943 in which a POW only identified as “Eric,” writing to his mother and dad, describes the escape from Camp 59 and the actions of the men immediately after.

Four men, Bill Marcus, Ron (last name unknown), Pip Cummings, and Eric himself were together near the camp for a time. Eric moved on alone and the following morning the German rounded up those who had stayed behind.

Source: letter from “Eric” provided by Denis Crooks’ daughter Maggie Clarke

MARSLAND, GEORGE

Camp 59 POW Denis Crooks’ daughter Maggie Clarke said her father knew George Marsland.

MARTELLI, JAMES

James Martelli
Serial Number—32423241

Private 

U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943 with Joseph Olinix, George Tucker, James Kingsley, Carl Good, and James Snodgrass.

Source: Carl Good’s granddaughter Crystal Aceves

MARTIN, CHARLES R.

Charles R. Martin
Serial Number— 7082151
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Tennessee
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Charles R. (Rusty) Martin
c/o Martin Funeral Home
Lake City, Tenn. [Tennessee]

Charles R. Martin’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Sgt. Charles Martin, Army Infantry, of Tennessee was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated. However, there are several POWs with the name Charles Martin listed as having been detained by Germany, some of them without state are residence or camp listings.

MATHIESON, JAMES GUNN

James Gunn Mathieson
Presbyterian Chaplain
British Army

Captured in North Africa at Tobruk

After the war, served in the Church of Scotland

Died October 28, 2007

Sources: The Memoirs of J. H. D. Millar, published by Quaderni della Memoria, 2008; obituary at news.scotsman.com

MACKENZIE, G.

G. Mackenzie
Service Number—2748467
Sergeant
2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

McANALLY, DANIEL J.

Daniel J. McAnally
Serial Number—13078670
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Source: Confirmation of Daniel McAnally’s internship in Camp 59 confirmed by his great niece Danielle McNally.

McCLENDON, NATHAN A.

Nathan A. McClendon
Serial Number—14027421
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—Florida
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

McGUIRE, EBB W.

Ebb W. McGuire
Serial Number—33092308
Private
U.S. Army, Field Artillery—Tank Destroyer
State of Residence—Virginia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

McLAUGHLIN, CLAUDE H.

Claude H. McLaughlin
Serial Number—36501055
Technical Sergeant
U.S. Army, Air Corps—Bombardment, Heavy
State of Residence—Michigan
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

McLAUGHLIN, PAUL P.

Paul P. McLaughlin
Serial Number—33105763
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Paul McLaughlin
201 Ford St.
West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

Paul McLaughlin’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

McMAHON, RONALD JAMES

Ronald James “Jim” McMahon
WX4445
Australian Army Corps—2nd/28th Battalion

One of nine Australian POWs who escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943

(The nine Australians were: John “Jack” Albert Allen, Thomas David Alman, Arthur George Bell—who sometimes went by A. G. Jux, Lawrence Mortimer “Lawrie” Butler, Vaughn Lawrence Carter, Robert Edward Albert Edwards, James William Feehan, Ronald James “Jimmy” McMahon, and Leslie Worthington)

Sources: “Jim” McMahon’s daughter Linda Veness, and Ray Worthington, son of former Camp 59 prisoner Leslie Worthington

MEADOWS, HOWARD J.

Howard J. Meadow
Serial Number—15088456
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—West Virginia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

MELMED, MOSES

Moses “Moe” Melmed
Serial Number—32105941
Private
Company A, 18th Infantry, 1st Division
State of Residence—listed in the National Archives POW database as New York, but Robert Newton says his home state was Missouri
The U.S. National Archives POW database include a listing for Moses Melmed, but no camp is specified

Moses was near Comunanza with a large group, including Gus Teel, Francis Thomas and Walter Simon. They were all members of the same outfit.

Source: researcher Robert A. Newton and the U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files

MEREDITH, JOSEPH P.

Joseph P. Meredith

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

MERRITT, RUSSELL B.

Russell B. Merritt
Serial Number—37170266
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—California
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

MEYLER, J. F.

J. F. Meyler
Service Number—4886262
Sergeant
5th Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

MICKUS, GEORGE W.

George W. Mickus
Serial Number—32180893
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

George Mickus
391 Grand Street
Brooklyn
New York

George W. Mickus’ name and address (above) were recorded in Ray Kestner’s “Christmas Book.”

George Mickus
391 Grand Ave.
Brklyn [probably Brooklyn]
New York

George W. Mickus’ name and address (above) as recorded in Willman King’s address list.

MIKES, FRANK J.

Frank J. Mikes
Serial Number—36306882
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—not listed
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Source: Though direct written and phone contact with Frank Mikes, I understand him to have been an escapee from Camp 59.

MILLER, ______

Died in the Camp 59 infirmary of appendicitis

Source: The Memoirs of J. H. D. Millar, published by Quaderni della Memoria, 2008

MILLER, WILLIAM T.

William T. Miller
Serial Number—35152159
Corporal
6th Armored Infantry, First Armored Division
State of Residence—Indiana
The U.S. National Archives POW database include a listing for William T. Miller, but no camp is specified

William was a half-track driver.

Source: researcher Robert A. Newton and the U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files

MILLAR, J. H. DEREK

John H. Derek Millar
Captain
Medical Officer
Royal Army Medical Corps

Captured in North Africa in 1941

Escaped from Camp 59 with Corporal Howard F. Jones

Captain Millar served as chief medical officer of Camp 59. As the highest-ranking British officer in the camp after the Italian Armistice was signed, he convinced the Italian commander of the camp to let the prisoners escape before German troops arrived to deport them to Germany. He took this bold action in violation of a “stay put order” issued from London ordering all Allied prisoners to remain in the camps. He was decorated for this decision at the end of the war.

Source: The Memoirs of J. H. D. Millar, published by Quaderni della Memoria, 2008

Camp leader at Camp 59 in September 1943 (at the time of the general escape)

Giuseppe Millozzi in Allied Prisoners of War in the Region of the Marche and Prison Camp at Servigliano notes that both J. H. D. Millar and Aiden Duff were Scottish.

Source: Swiss Red Cross reports as referenced by Giuseppe Millozzi in Allied Prisoners of War in the Region of the Marche and Prison Camp at Servigliano

MOONEY, RICHARD T.

Richard T. Mooney
Serial Number—14061048
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Air Corps
State of Residence—Mississippi
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Richard Mooney
Waggner, [or Waggoner] Ill. [Illinois]

Richard Mooney’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Sgt. Richard T. Mooney, Army Infantry, of Mississipi was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-1. Surely this is the same Robert Mooney, but why his state of residence is listed as Mississippi is unknown. Perhaps he was stationed there before going overseas.

MUMAUGH, JOHN M., JR.

John M. Mumaugh, Jr.
Serial Number—35170899
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Indiana
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

NAGLE, WILLIAM

This address for William Nagel is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

William Nagle
440 Huchnall Road
Sherwood, 
Nottingham
[England, United Kingdom]

NASTASI, ALFRED

Alfred Nastasi

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

NEARY, GEORGE F.

George F. Neary
Serial Number—6975802
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

NESLEY, WALTER G.

Walter G. Nesley
Serial Number—20701864
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

NETTLES, ROCHESTER F.

Rochester F. Nettles
Serial Number—20701864
Private
U.S. Army, Field Artillery
State of Residence—Florida
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Private Rochester F. Nettles—Serial No. 34059817—recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Franklin Nettles
Trenton, Florida

NEVITT, D.

Corporal D. Nevitt is one of 10 prisoners whose poems are recorded in Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling.”

NEWALL, W. G.

W. G. Newall
Service Number—6137771
Lance-Sergeant
1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 12, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

NEWTON, ROBERT ALVEY

Robert A. Newton
Serial Number—35166007
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Division
State of Residence—Indiana
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946
(DIED AS PRISONER OF WAR; 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Robert Alvey Newton
Logansport, Indiana
Gunner, Tank Corps
1st Armored Divison, U.S. Army

Captured at the Battle of Sidi Bou Zid, North Africa, on February 15, 1943

Escaped from Camp 59 with Raymond Cox

Robert Newton and Martin Majeski were sheltered by Cesare Viozzi’s family for nearly six months before the men were discovered by Germans and executed on March 9, 1944.

Sources: Robert Newton’s nephew Robert A. Newton (Hillsboro, Oregon), and and interview conducted by Filippo Ieranò with Cesare Viozzi published in Antigone nella Valle del Tenna, or “Antigone in the Tenna Valley,” regional authority of the Marche (Consiglio Regionale delle Marche), 2002

NICHOLLS, ROBERT W.

Robert W. Nicholls
Serial Number—39678019
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

NIZZA, WILLIAM

William Nizza
Serial Number—32335038
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

NOAH, ROBERT J.

Robert J. Noah
Serial Number—12007149
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

NOBLE, HERMAN I.

Herman I. Noble
Serial Number—38023144
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Force
State of Residence—Oklahoma
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

NORDEN, ALVIN G.

Alvin G. Norden
Serial Number—34319757
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—North Carolina
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

NOVOTNY, JOHN A.

John A. Novotny
Serial Number—35119503
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Ohio
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

NYE, NATHANIEL “NEIL” KEMP

Nathaniel Kemp Nye
Anglican Chaplain
British Royal Airforce

Sources: The Memoirs of J. H. D. Millar, published by Quaderni della Memoria, 2008; Giuseppe Millozzi, Allied Prisoners of War in the Region of the Marche and Prison Camp at Servigliano

OLINIX, JOSEPH

Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943 with James Martelli, George Tucker, James Kingsley, Carl Good, and James Snodgrass.

Source: Carl Good’s granddaughter Crystal Aceves

ORAM, ERIC

This address for Eric Oram is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

Eric Oram
Duke Street
Myrtle Ford
[or Myrtleford]
Victoria, Australia

OSBORN, JAMES FREDERICK

James Frederick Osborn
Welwyn Garden City
Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom

Gunner, 1602265
British Army

Interned in Camp 59; also in Stalag VI-B (Mühlberg, Germany)

Source: Jim Osborn’s nephew John Osborn

O’SHEA, WILLIAM J.

William J. O’Shea
Serial Number—36306180
Technician, Grade 5
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

PALYA, HOWARD

Howard Palya
Serial Number—36336832
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Illinois
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

PARK, JOHN

One of the 12 POWs who escaped from Camp 59 though a tunnel on the night of September 11, 1942

John Park, who was ill at the time of the escape, was recaptured and died of pneumonia in solitary confinement at Camp 59 on September 28, 1942.

Source: Giuseppe Millozzi, Allied Prisoners of War in the Region of the Marche and Prison Camp at Servigliano

PARKER, LESLIE O.

Leslie O. Parker

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

PARKES, HERBERT FREDERICK

Herbert Frederick Parkes (RASC) was a POW in Camp 59 from December 1941 to January 1943. He was then transferred to Camp 53 and later to Stalag IVb and Stalag IVc.

Liberated May 1945

Source: Herbert Parkes’ granddaughter Michelle Stephenson

PARSONS, DICKSON

Dickson Parsons

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

PAWLAWSKI, JOHN

John Pawlawski
Serial Number—6661860
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Forces
State of Residence—Kansas
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 3B Furstenberg Brandenburg, Prussia (Also KDOS [USA] #1-5; ARB BTNS 225-255) 52-14)

John Pawlawski
Andyville, Ky. [Kentucky]

John Pawlawski’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

Did John Pawlawski escape from Camp 59, and was he recaptured and sent to Stalag 3B Furstenberg Brandenburg?

PAYNE, DUARD W.

Duard W. Payne
Serial Number—34012643
Sergeant
U.S. Army
State of Residence—Georgia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

PEAPLE, J. C.

J. C. Peaple
Major
British Army

Camp leader at Camp 59 from February 1942 to September 1942

Source: Swiss Red Cross reports as referenced by Giuseppe Millozzi in Allied Prisoners of War in the Region of the Marche and Prison Camp at Servigliano

PENTON, DONALD A.

Donald A. Penton
Serial Number—37042309
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

PERISHO, ELVIN L.

Elvin L. Perisho
Serial Number—37045390
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

PERKINS, CHARLIE

Charles A. Perkins
Serial Number—16050075
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—not listed
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 4D Torgau (Elbe) Sachsen, Prussia 51-13)

Charlie Perkins
Alisal Ranch
Sol, Calif. [California]

Charlie Perkins’ name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

U.S. National Archives on-line POW database lists only one Charles Perkins who was detained by Germany and returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from Stalag 4D Torgau (Elbe) Sachsen, Prussia 51-13. This Charles A. Perkins, however, is listed as being from Illinois on his enlistment records.

PETRELLI, EDMOND

Edmond Petrelli
Serial Number—6131066
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry–Rifle
State of Residence—not listed
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated; no camp listed)

Escaped from Camp 59 with Peter J. Calvagno, Joe C. Mandese, Tony Spicola, and Felice D. Vacca

Source: Felice Vacca’s son Mario Vacca

PETRULIS, BERNARD

Bernard Petrulis
Serial Number—32105342
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Bernard Petrulis
Private First Class
U.S. Army—Company D, 18th Infantry
First Infantry Division (the Big Red One)
Captured at Battle of Longstop Hill, Tunisia, December 24, 1942

Escaped with an American paratrooper and several British soldiers through a tunnel from Camp 59 on September 8, 1943 when word of Italian armistice reached the camp, and before the general escape from camp on September 14.

Repatriated November 1943 by a British 8th Army patrol

Bernard Petrulis
56-10 Remson Place
Maspeth, New York

Source: Bernard Petrulis’ son Alan Petrulis
Address from an envelope featured on metropostcard.com

PHILLIPS, FRED R.

Fred R. Phillips
Serial Number—35261700
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

PIRNIE, WILLIS C.

Willis C. Pirnie
Serial Number—37042466
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

POJAWIS, JOSEPH E.

Joseph E. Pojawis
Serial Number—33145895
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

POLERI, CHARLES F.

Charles F. Poleri
Serial Number—33136497
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

POND, JAMES B.

James B. Pond, an American serviceman who was interned in Camp 59, was later a prisoner in Germany. His name appears in U.S. State Department wartime reports about Camp 59 from the Swiss Legation in Rome.
Source: researcher Robert A. Newton

James Pond, Jr
Serial Number—33123750
Private
U.S. Army, Signal Corps—Rifle
State of Residence—Virginia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946
Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11)

POWER, ROBERT D.

Robert D. Power

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

POWERS, FRANK E., JR.

Frank E. Powers, Jr.
Serial Number—31069525
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—Massachusetts
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946
(DIED AS PRISONER OF WAR; 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

POWERS, IRA

Oria Powers (National Archives database has no POW listing for Ira Powers)
Serial Number—35100087
Sergeant
U.S. Army
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Ira Powers
Valley Station, Kentucky

Ira Power’s name and address were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

Captured December 10, 1942 in Tunisia

Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943

Source: Two news articles (July 5, 1944 and September 14, 1944) in the Tifton [Georgia] Gazette

PRIMAC, ANTHONY (or PRIMAS, ANTHONY)

Anthony Primac
N. Vandergrift
Pennsylvania
Notation in the dog tag hole indicates interned in Camp 59

Source: In Clifford Houben’s address list, Anthony is noted as having been interned in Camp 59. The address above is from that list. See post “Clifford Houben’s Address List,” January 5, 2013.

I did not find an Anthony Primac or Anthony Premas in the U.S. Archives WW II POW or enlistment databases.

PREWITT, BLAIN

Blain Prewitt
Serial Number—15045264
Private
U.S. Army, Field Artillery—Armored 105 MM Howitzer
State of Residence—
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Blain Prewitt
Vox, Ky. [Kentucky]

Blain Prewitt’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

PRIEST, WORLEY H.

Worley H. Priest
Serial Number—20705331
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

PROCKO, JOHN J., JR.

John J. Procko, Jr.
Serial Number—36104952
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Force
State of Residence—Michigan
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

John Procko
Box 339
R.R. 3
Mulberry, Kansas

John Procko’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Cpl. John J. Procko, Jr., Army Infantry, of Michigan was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-1. This surely is the same John Procko, despite the discrepancy in state of residence.

PROTO, ANTHONY N.

Anthony N. Proto
Serial Number—19012836
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

PUGH, JEROME C.

Jerome C. Pugh
Serial Number—20701899
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

QUIGLEY, JAMES F., JR.

James F. Quigley, Jr.
Serial Number—33136467
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

RAFFEO, JOSEPH F.

Joseph F. Raffeo
Serial Number—6776227
Private
U.S. Army, Rifle
State of Residence—Maryland
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 6D Dortmund Prussia 51-07)

Joseph Raffeo
1701 Giulford Ave.
Baltimore, Md. [Maryland]

Joseph Raffeo’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

Did Joseph Raffeo escape from Camp 59, and was he recaptured and sent to Stalag 6D Dortmund?

RAKOW, ROLAND V.

Roland V. Rakow
Serial Number—16004997
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry [although listed as serving in the Infantry in the National Archives database, Roland served in the U.S. Army Air Force]
State of Residence—unlisted [place of residence at time of enlistment was Dundee, Illinois]
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Served in 83rd Squadron, 12th Bomb Group, U.S. Army Air Force as a radio operator–gunner

On first mission, August 31, 1942, successfully completed assignment of bombing tanks and trucks on the front lines

Shot down and captured on September 1, 1942, while his B-25 bomber was on a mission over the front line at the Battle of El al Halfa near El Alamein

Incarcerated in several POW facilities in North Africa; transported from Tobruk, North Africa, by a Red Cross Hospital ship to a POW hospital in Caserta, Italy (near Naples)

Imprisoned at Italian POW camps 53 and 59

Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943

Traveled south on foot through Italy until contacted by a British Commando Unit that was looking for escaped POWs. Was taken by this unit down the Adriatic Sea coast to the British 8th Army at Bari, Italy, on October 25, 1943.

Following diagnosis, received 10 days of treatment for malaria in a British infirmary

Turned over to American 5th Army military authorities. Returned home through Sicily, French Morocco, and via transport on the General E. A. Anderson American troop ship to Newport News, Virginia.

Source: Roland Rakow

RAWLINSON, WILLIAM

This address for William Rawlinson is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

William Rawlinson
276 Wragby Road
Lincoln
[Lincolnshire, United Kingdom]

RAY, ZULAH D.

Zulah D. Ray

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

REDMAN, WILLIAM

This address for William Redman is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

William Redman
25 Northway Road
Littlehampton, Sussex
[England, United Kingdom]

Captured in North Africa at the Battle of Sidi Rezegh, November 23, 1941

Arrived at Camp 59 December 31, 1941 (as the bells from a local church were ringing in the new year)

Transferred from Camp 59 to Camp 53 in January 1943

Repatriated in April 1945

Source: William Redman’s niece Jo Millard, who discovered Frederick Druce’s story archived at the government records office in Littlehampton in Sussex, England

REECE, ELMER

Elmer Reece

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

REESCLAF, GEORGE,
or REUSCHAK, GEORGE

George Reesclaf, Jr. [or Reuschak]
2006 Store Ave. [or S. Tore]
Warren, Ohio

George Reesclaf (or Reuschak), Jr.’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

U.S. National Archives on-line POW database has no listing for a serviceman by either of these names.

REOME, TEX

Tex Reome
215 Park Street
Malone, N.Y. [New York]

Tex Reome’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Sgt. Reome Brayno, Army Infantry, of New York was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.

RIDING, DAVID E., JR.

David E. Riding, Jr.
Serial Number—37129829
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Force
State of Residence—Missouri
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated but no camp is listed)

David E. Riding
5539 Beacon Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri

David E. Riding’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

RILEY, JOHN E.

John E. Riley
Serial Number—6891870
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Corp of Engineers—Armored (Divisional)
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated but no camp listed)

John E. Riley
R.F.D. #2
Box 132
Culpepper, Virginia
Honkey tonky (kid)

John E. Riley’s name and address—and his nickname—(above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

ROBERTSON, KENNETH C.

Kenneth C. Robertson
Serial Number—39163898
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Force
State of Residence—California
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ROBERTS, ARTHUR R.

Arthur R. Roberts
Serial Number—37157173
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Kansas
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated but no camp listed)

Arthur Roberts
RR–3
Gerard, Kansas

Arthur Roberts’ name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

ROBINSON, BERNARD P.

Bernard P. Robinson
Serial Number—33126737
Private
Army, Infantry—Armored Force
State of Residence—Virginia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ROBINSON, GAINES S.

Gaines S. Robinson
Serial Number—13015711
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Virginia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ROBINSON, IVAN J.

Ivan J. Robinson
Serial Number—6966803
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ROBINSON, WILLIAM

William Robinson
Serial Number—12017478
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

RODGERS, OLIN E.

Olin E. Rodgers
Serial Number—18117755
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Texas
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ROGERS, CECIL A.

Cecil A. Rogers
Serial Number—12023027
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ROGERS, EDWIN P.

Edwin P. Rogers
Serial Number—35264025
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Kentucky
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Edwin P. Rogers
Patsey, Ky. [Kentucky]

Edwin P. Rogers’ name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

ROGERS, JAMES L.

James L. Rogers
Serial Number—35107131
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Parachute Infantry
State of Residence—Indiana
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

James L. Rogers
R.R. #1
Madison, Indiana

James L. Rogers’ name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

ROSENBLUM, ALBERT I.

Albert I. Rosenblum
Serial Number—6701591
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Ohio
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ROSS, ALBERT G.

Albert G. Ross
Serial Number— 13025138
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ROSS, JOE L.

Joe L. Ross
Serial Number—15041867
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Field Artillery— Armored 105 MM Howitzer
State of Residence—Delaware
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ROTUNNO, MICHAEL J.

Michael J. Rotunno
Serial Number—12018732
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ROWBOTTOM, L.

L. Rowbottom
Service Number—1065671
Sergeant
3rd Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

ROWLAND, GERALD W.

Gerald W. Rowland
Serial Number—38027034
Corporal
U.S. Army, Armored
State of Residence—Texas
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ROZANSKI, ROMAN

Roman Rozanski
Serial Number—6664729
Corporal
U.S. Army, Field Artillery—Armored 105 MM Howitzer
State of Residence—Indiana
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

RUDD, RELEY

Sergeant Reley Rudd died in a hospital in Ascoli Piceno on July 20, 1942 of appendicitis.

Source: Giuseppe Millozzi, Allied Prisoners of War in the Region of the Marche and Prison Camp at Servigliano

RUEBENS, OSCAR C.

Oscar C. Ruebens
Serial Number—12016749
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

RUZZO, LAWRENCE

Lawrence Ruzzo
Serial Number—32188999
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

SANDERS, JAMES

James Sanders

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

SANNING, THEODORE

Theodore Sanning
Serial Number—17006940
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

SAVAGEAU, JOHN

John Savageau
Serial Number—11033641
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

John Savageau
Box 123
Versailles, Conn. [Connecticut]

John Savageau’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

SCHOFIELD, H.

Special Air Service (British Special Forces)
Among the first to escape through the hole in the camp’s west wall, with fellow SAS soldier J. G. Whitlow on September 14, 1943

Source: Giuseppe Millozzi, Allied Prisoners of War in the Region of the Marche and Prison Camp at Servigliano

H. Schofield
Service Number—2368486
Signalman
Special Air Service
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

SCHULL, GENE

Gene Schull
Emerson Street
Vandergrift
Pennsylvania

Source: In Clifford Houben’s address list, Gene is noted as having been interned in Camp 59. The address above is from that list. See post “Clifford Houben’s Address List,” January 5, 2013.

I did not find a Gene Schull or Eugene Schull in the U.S. Archives WW II POW or enlistment databases.

SCHWANDT, HUBERT H.

Hubert H. Schwandt
Serial Number—37093751
Armored Infantryman
U.S. Army—1st Armored Division, 6th Regiment, Company C
Field Artillery—Tank Destroyer

Captured December 6, 1942 in Tunisia
Arrived in Camp 59 on January 3, 1943, and interned there approximately 6 months
Also at PG 98, and Stalags 2b, 3a, 3b, 4b,7b, KDO 483c, 11a, and 4b

Passed away in 2004

Source: Hubert Schwandt’s son Dan Schwandt

SCIANNA, MORRIS

Morris Scianna
Serial Number—33147188
Private
U.S. Army, Field Artillery—Tank Destroyer
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated but no camp is listed)

Private Morris Scianna—Serial No. 33147188—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Morris Scianna
852 Muhlenberg St.
Reading, Penna. [Pennsylvania]

SEIFERT, CARL E.

Carl E. Seifert
Serial Number—36072813
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

SELDON, KENNETH G. “BULL”

Kenneth Seldon escaped from Camp 59 but was recaptured and sent to Germany.

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

SEMMLER, WALDAMER

Waldamer Semmler
Serial Number—37282896
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

SERRANO, MANUEL

Manuel Serrano
Serial Number—32207520
First Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Parachute Division
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

SHELBY, EVERETT C., SR.

Everett C. Shelby, Sr.
Serial Number—6954980
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

SHEDLOCK, STEPHEN

Stephen Shedlock
Serial Number—33137228
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated but no camp is indicated)

Steve Shedlock
929 N. Front St.
Allentown, Pa. [Pennsylvania]

Steve Shedlock’s name and address were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

SHORTER, GEORGE

George Shorter
Serial Number—35170070
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Indiana
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated but no camp is indicated)

George Shorter
R.R. 5
Sullivan, Ind. [Indiana]

George Shorter’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

SHIELDS, LUTHER C.

Luther C. Shields
Serial Number—38009720
Private
U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers—Armored (Divisional)
State of Residence—not listed
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

16th Engineer Battation, 1st Armored Division
U.S. Army 2nd Corps

Captured in Tunisia, December 10, 1942

Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943

Repatriated June 14, 1944

Source: Luther Shields’ daughter Cindy Jackson

SHULAW, MURRAY

Murray Shulaw
Private
Serial Number—35327149
U.S. Army, Infantry—Force or Forces/Fleet/Battalion
State of Residence—Ohio
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17)

Murray Shulaw
R.F.D. 1
La Fayette, Ohio

Murray Shulaw’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

Did Murray Shulaw escape from Camp 59, and was he recaptured and sent to Stalag 2B Hammerstein in Germany?

SHUPE, ARTHUR E.

Arthur E. Shupe
Serial Number—33136672
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated but no camp is listed)

Arthur Shupe
Smithton, Penna.
500 [Pennsylvania]

Arthur Shupe’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

SIKORSKI, JOHN A.

John A. Sikorski
Serial Number—33136594
Private
U.S. Army,
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

John A. Sikorski
724 MacKinley
Vandergraft, Penna. [Pennsylvania]

John Sikorski’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

In Clifford Houben’s address list, John is noted as having been interned in Camp 59. The address above is also on that list. See post “Clifford Houben’s Address List,” January 5, 2013.

SILVERMAN, E. R. H.

E. R. H. Silverman
Service Number—7015022
Sergeant
London Irish Rifles
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

SIMMONS, CHARLES K.

Charles K. Simmons
Serial Number—12017070
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Charles Kenneth Simmons
Rochester, New York

Captured in North Africa
Arrived in Camp 59 on March 1, 1943
Escaped from the camp September 14, 1943

Died in 2000

Source: Charles Simmons’ daughter Trish Harper

SIMMONS, JOHN C., JR.

John C. Simmons, Jr.
Serial Number—O&436014
[Note: This serial number, which contains an ampersand, is clearly incorrect.]
First Lieutenant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

SIMON, WALTER J.

Walter J. Simon
Serial Number—12009301
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New Jersey
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

SIMPSON, IVAN T.

Ivan T. Simpson
Serial Number—20323864
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

SKINNER, RAYMOND J.

Raymond J. Skinner
Serial Number—7014021
Technician, Grade 5
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Infantry
State of Residence—Kansas
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

SKINNER, TEVIS T.

Tevis T. Skinner

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

SKULBORSTAD, JOHN S.

John S. Skulborstad escaped from Camp 59 with Paul Alsin and Willard J. Bergstrom.

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

SMITH, BILL

Bill Smith
Serial Number—35201783
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—Kentucky
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

SMITH, CHARLIE WEBSTER

Charlie W. Smith
Serial Number—38060738
Corporal
U.S. Army, Medical Department—Armored Force
State of Residence—Texas
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Charlie W. Smith
Box 115
Buffalo, Texas

Charlie W. Smith’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

Charles Webster Smith says in his memoirs Wine, Bread, & Cheese: A POW’s Story of Survival in Italy (©1998 by Ruby Simon Smith, Woodburner Press, Austin, Texas) that he and the following men left Camp 59 together on September 15, 1943: Charles Gallo of New Haven, Connecticut; Everett Kidd from Virginia; Raymond Johnson from Missouri; William F. “Bill” Tschoerner from Jarrell, Texas.

SMITH, DEWEY E.

Dewey E. Smith
Serial Number—35264149
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Kentucky
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

SMITH, EDWARD G.

Edward G. Smith
Buffs Regiment
British Army

Captured in North Africa

In Camp 59 from December 30, 1942 until he was transferred in February 1943 to Camp 53 (Sforzacosta)

At Camp 59 he was housed in Hut 10—Bed 1158

Repatriated on June 6, 1943

Source: Edward Smith’s grandson Rodney Smith

SMITH, ROBERT

Robert Smith
Rifleman 6142045
King’s Royal Rifle Corps
British Army

Interned at Camp 59 for at least two years

Arrived in Adelboden, Switzerland during the winter of 1943-44 and departed in October 1944

Convalesced in Leysin, Switzerland in 1944-45 before returning to England

Died in 1950 of tuberculosis

Source: Robert Smith’s niece Carole Procter; a news article from The Herald (A paper serving the borough of Epsom and Ewell in Surrey, England) January 25, 1944

SNODGRASS, JAMES L.

James L. Snodgrass
Serial Number—20614252
Technician Fifth Grade
U.S. Army, Medical Department—Parachute Infantry
State of Residence—Illinois
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Jim Snodgrass
107 Depot Street
Knoxville, Illinois

Jim Snodgrass’ name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943 with Joseph Olinix, George Tucker, James Kingsley, James Martelli, and Carl Good.

Source: Carl Good’s granddaughter Crystal Aceves

SOLBERG, FREDERICK W.

Frederick W. Solberg
Serial Number—11045737
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Air Corps—Bombardment, Heavy
State of Residence—Massachusetts
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15)

Shot down while on a bombing mission in the Mediterranean

Interned at Camp 59 for three months; made friends with a guard and escaped “over the fence” with two comrades

Recaptured by Germans and interned at Stalag 17-B until close to the end of the war

Sources: Frederick Solberg’s son Andrew Solberg; filmed interview of Frederick Solberg created by Stoneham Theatre in conjunction with their 2009 production of Studs Terkel’s The Good War: A Musical Collage of WWII

SONNEGA, DONALD J.

Donald J. Sonnega
Serial Number—36160842
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army, Air Corps
State of Residence—Michigan
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

SOPEL, THADDEUS A.

Thaddeus A. Sopel
Serial Number—13069951
Private
U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers
State of Residence—Maryland
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

SPARKS, LAVERNE A.

Laverne A. Sparks
Serial Number—6658983
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Force
State of Residence—Kentucky
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

SPICOLA, TONY

Tony Spicola
Serial Number—12066110
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated; no camp listed)

Escaped from Camp 59 with Peter J. Calvagno, Edmond Petrelli, Joe C. Mandese, and Felice D. Vacca

Source: Felice Vacca’s son Mario Vacca

SPRUIELL, WILLIAM T.

William T. Spruiell
Serial Number—38074437
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Infantry
State of Residence—Texas
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Bill Spruiell
5115 Schuler Ave.
Houston,Tex. [Texas]

Bill Spruiell’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

STALLING, CHARLES C.

Charles C. Stalling
55 Sheaf Gardens
Sheffield 2
England

Source: Charles Stalling’s name and address is recorded in Charles Simmon’s prison camp 1943 calendar and address book.

STANSELL, DEWITT T., JR.

Dewitt T. Stansell, Jr.
Serial Number—14030133
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Dewitt Stansell
Pickens, S.C. [South Carolina]

Dewitt Stansell’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

STEED, JOSEPH D.

Joseph D. Steed
Serial Number—39525295
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry—Private Force
State of Residence—Idaho
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Dean Steed
Swan Valley, Idaho

Dean Steed’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

STEEVER, HAROLD J.

Harold J. Steever
Serial Number—37140882
Private
U.S. Army, Cavalry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

STERM, MICHAEL M.

Michael M. Sterm
Serial Number—20703555
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Reconnaissance Mechanized Separate
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp is listed)

Corporal Michael M. Sterm—Serial No. 2703555—is recorded in Armie Hill’s prison camp notebook as being one of 36 men living in Hut 4–Section 11 of Camp 59.

Address from Armie Hill’s address book:
Michael Sterm
1207 Ninth St.
Sioux City, Iowa
Telephone 55206

STEWART, CHARLES J.

Charles J. Stewart
Serial Number—6973874
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

STEWART, HARRY

Harry Stewart (H. Stewart) is one of 10 prisoners whose poems are recorded in Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling.”

STINER, JACOB J.

Jacob J. Stiner
Serial Number—33146437
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Jacob Stiner
Lemont Furnace, Pa. [Pennsylvania]

Jacob Stiner’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

STOKES, ALKCUS

Alkcus Stokes
Serial Number—7080390
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Parachute Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

STRAIGHT, L. H.

Capt. L. H. Straight
1306 Main St.
Adel, Iowa

L. H. Straight’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

U.S. National Archives on-line POW database lists only two POWs with this last name: Fay M. Straight and William J. Straight.

STREATFIELD, RONALD ARTHUR

This address for Ronald Streatfield is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

Ronald A. Streatfield
Monks Cottages
Tatsfield,
Westerham
[Kent]
[England, United Kingdom]

Ronald Streatfield died in 1986.

Source: Ronald Streatfield’s granddaughter Tracy Jayne Streatfield

STRAPP, T.

T. Strapp
9 Amies Street
Battersea, S.W.
London,
England

Source: T. Strapp’s name and address is recorded in Charles Simmon’s prison camp 1943 calendar and address book.

SWEENEY, DENNIS J.

Dennis J. Sweeney
Serial Number—33137231
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17)

Dennis Sweeney
Private
U.S. Army
Allentown, Pennsylvania

Captured December 23, 1942 in Tunisia

Source: Chicago Tribune article “War diary returns after 63 years,” January 25, 2007

Did Dennis Sweeney escape from Camp 59, and after recapture was he sent to Stalag 2B Hammerstein?

SWINT, FRANKLIN E.

Franklin E. Swint
Serial Number—34196657
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Georgia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Franklin E. Swint
Cedartown, Ga. [Georgia]

Franklin E. Swint’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

TACKETT, J. B.

J. B. Tackett

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

TASIOPULOS, JAMES W.

James W. Tasiopulos
Serial Number—39017283
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—California
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

James Tasiopulos
459 South Rowan Avenue
Los Angeles
California

James Tasiopulos’ name and address (above) were recorded in Ray Kestner’s “Christmas Book.”

TEEL, GUSS O.

Guss O. Teel
Serial Number—18120685
Private
U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers
State of Residence—New Mexico
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Gus Teel
507 S. Richardson
Roswell, New Mex. [New Mexico]

Gus Teel’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

Guss Teel and Francis A. Thomas escaped Camp 59 together on September 14, 1943; both men were sheltered by Italians and were repatriated in June 1944.

Source: Francis Thomas’ son Steve Thomas

THOFERN, EDWIN H.

Edwin H. Thofern
Serial Number—18040453
Technical Sergeant
U.S. Army, Air Corps—Bombardment, Heavy
State of Residence—Texas
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

THOMAS, FRANCIS ANTHONY

Francis A. Thomas
Serial Number—36199768
Private
U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers
State of Residence—Michigan
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or—no camp listed)

Francis A. Thomas
Muskegon, Michigan

1st Infantry Division (the “Big Red One”)
18th Regiment, 4th Platoon, 1st Battalion, C Company

Captured in at the battle for Long Stop Hill in Tunisia on Christmas Eve 1942

Held for 10 days in Camp 98 on Sicily before being transferred to Camp 59

Francis Thomas and Gus Teel escaped Camp 59 together on September 14, 1943; both men—and an British soldier—were sheltered by Italians near Comunanza. They were repatriated in June 1944 by Allied forces.

Source: Francis Thomas’ son Steve Thomas

THURMAN, LEROY

Leroy Thurman
Serial Number—6956922
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—Oklahoma
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

TIMONEY, W. ”JOCK”

W. “Jock” Timoney was interned in Camp 59 with gunner Robert Smith.

Originally from Scotland
Severely injured in the war; died circa early 1970s

Source: Robert Smith’s niece Carole Procter; a news article from The Herald (A paper serving the borough of Epsom and Ewell in Surrey, England) January 25, 1944

TORSSELL, NEIL E.

Neil E. Torssell
Serial Number—16020988
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Air Corps—Bombardment, Heavy
State of Residence—Wisconsin
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Photographer and Gunner
99th Bombardment Group
U.S. Army Air Corps

Shot down and captured on Sicily, July 5, 1943

Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943

Repatriated June 29, 1944

Source: Neil E. Torssell

TOTH, MICHAEL A.

Michael A. Toth
Serial Number—13021497
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

TRANSEAU, RUFUS

Rufus Transeau
Serial Number—34312025
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

TRISCHITTA, SALVATORE

Salvatore Trischitta
Serial Number—32001738
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Infantry
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Sal Trischitta
1836 Fowler Avenue
Bronx
New York

Salvatore Trischitta’s name and address (above) were recorded in Ray Kestner’s “Christmas Book.”

TSCHOERNER, WILLIAM F.

William F. Tschoerner
Serial Number—38027037
Private
U.S. Army, Medical Department—Armored Force
State of Residence—Texas
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Charles Webster Smith says in his memoirs Wine, Bread, & Cheese: A POW’s Story of Survival in Italy (©1998 by Ruby Simon Smith, Woodburner Press, Austin, Texas) that he and the following men left Camp 59 together on September 15, 1943: Charles Gallo of New Haven, Connecticut; Everett Kidd from Virginia; Raymond Johnson from Missouri; William F. “Bill” Tschoerner from Jarrell, Texas.

TUCHEWICZ, JOSEPH F.

Joseph F. Tuchewicz
Serial Number—32026775
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Infantry
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

TUCKER, GEORGE H.

George H. Tucker

Serial Number—37175260

Staff Sergeant

U.S. Army, Air Corps—Heavy Bombardment
State of Residence—Minnesota

Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943 with Joseph Olinix, James Kingsley, James Snodgrass, James Martelli, and Carl Good.

Source: Carl Good’s granddaughter Crystal Aceves

TUGWELL, H.

H. Tugwell
Service Number—614025
Sergeant
1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

TURNER, DONALD F.

Donald F. Turner
Serial Number—12022719
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

TURNER, JOHN LEON

John Leon Turner
Sergeant
Royal Canadian Air Force
Enlisted June 7, 1940
Captured near Ragusa, Sicily, on or about February 27, 1942
Escaped from Camp 59 in September 1943

Source: John Leon Turner’s son-in-law Terry Marshall

VACCA, FELICE D.

Felice D. Vacca
Serial Number—12011751
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry–Rifle
State of Residence—New Jersey
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated; no camp listed)

Escaped from Camp 59 with Peter J. Calvagno, Edmond Petrelli, Joe C. Mandese, and Tony Spicola

Source: Felice Vacca’s son Mario Vacca

VALENTINE, CARL L.

Carl L. Valentine
Serial Number—14052008
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

Carl Valentine
U.S. Army—gunner

Source: Chicago Tribune article “War diary returns after 63 years,” January 25, 2007

VAN ARSDALE, HARRY

Harry Van Arsdale

Source: Robert A. Newton, who corresponded with or met former Camp 59 POWs or their family members, or heard about former prisoners from other escapees.

VanSLOOTEN, LOUIS J.

Louis J. VanSlooten
Serial Number—36151602
Corporal
U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers—Armored (Divisional)
State of Residence—Illinois
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Louis VanSlooten
RR–4
Holland, Michigan

Louis VanSlooten’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

The U.S. National Archives on-line POW database listing for Louis J. VanSlooten is assuredly the same Louis VanSlooten as listed here, in spite of the discrepancy in state of residence.

Captured in Tunisia on December 10, 1942

Spent a month in Camp 98 on Sicily before being transferred to Camp 59.

Escaped during the breakout on September 14, 1943. He and fellow POW Luther Shields traveled though the mountains assisted by Italians, including the Palmoni family of Montefalcone, along the way. They reached the Allied forces on June 14, 1944.

Source: Louis VanSlooten’s son Tom VanSlooten

VARNADOE, LEROY

Leroy Varnadoe
Serial Number—34088215
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—Georgia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

VARNES, MARVIN

Marvin Varnes
Serial Number—34059558
Private
U.S. Army, Field Artillery
State of Residence—Florida
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

VAUGHN, LUTHER C.

Luther C. Vaughn
Serial Number—15047094
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Field Artillery—Armored 105 MM Howitzer
State of Residence—Kentucky
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from Stalag 3B Furstenberg Brandenburg, Prussia (Also KDOS [USA] #1-5; ARB BTNS 225-255) 52-14)

Luther Claude Vaughn
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army—1st Armored Division, 27th Field Artillery
Nicknames “Ark” and L.C.

Captured in Tebourba, Tunisia on December 6, 1942

Escaped from Camp 59—though the hole in the wall—September 14, 1943. He was ill at the time of his escape and was sheltered and protected by the Cesari family for six months.

An Italian named Nello who was in the prison camp for being AWOL escaped with Luther and Charlie Lum. Nello lives in Servigliano.

Luther was recaptured by the Germans and spent the rest of the war in various German stalags; he was finally liberated from Stalag 3B Furstenberg Brandenburg, Prussia 52-14 in 1945.

Sources: Luther Vaughn’s daughters Judy Ingersoll and Victoria McMackin

Luther C. Vaughn
Route 3
Clay
Kentucky

Luther Vaughn’s name and address (above) were recorded in Ray Kestner’s “Christmas Book.”

VELTON, NICK

Nick Velton
Serial Number—35045839
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—Ohio
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WAGNER, KENNETH J.

Kenneth J. Wagner
Serial Number—37284762
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—Minnesota
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WAKELAND, PAUL I.

Paul I. Wakefield
Serial Number—6669758
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armed Forces
State of Residence—Kentucky
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Paul Wakeland
601 Walnut Street
Dawson Springs, Ky.

Paul Wakeland’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.

WALES, WILLIAM GEORGE

William George Wales
Royal Sussex Regiment, 1st Buffs

Captured in North Africa on December 15, 1941

From Italy he was transferred to Germany, where he was interned at Stalag 7-A Moosburg, Stalag 11-A Altengrabow, Stalag 11-B Fallingbostel, and Commando 1011 Wolfenbüttel.

Liberated on April 23, 1945

Consulted during the making of the film “Von Ryan’s Express.” He died in 1980.

Source: George Wale’s son-in-law Tom Hill.

WALTER, WILLIAM R.

William R. Walter
Serial Number—33246928
Private
U.S. Army Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WARD, JOHN A.

John A. Ward
Serial Number—12005278
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WARE, OPAL E.

Opal E. Ware
Serial Number—20705393
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WEBB, JACK

Jack Webb
Serial Number—15054964
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—West Virginia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WEBB, MILO F.

Milo F. Webb
Serial Number—20701910
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WELL, _____

Charged with a crime and brought to trial in Camp 59. Red Cross delegates would have checked that the court-martial complied with the Geneva Convention.

Swiss Red Cross report on Camp 59 (December 16, 1942), as referenced by Giuseppe Millozzi in Allied Prisoners of War in the Region of the Marche and Prison Camp at Servigliano

WELLS, MARSHALL C.

Marshall C. Wells
Serial Number—19018417
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Additional source: Letters written by Marshall Wells provided by POW Raymond Kestner’s granddaughter Jessica McMahon (posted on this site)

WESSELS, ROBERT B.

Robert B. Wessels
Serial Number—37044192
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WEST, JOHN A.

John A. West
Serial Number—6953355
Corporal
U.S. Army, Field Artillery
State of Residence—Texas
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WETHINGTON, MARTIN G.

Martin G. Wethington
Serial Number—35100858
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Forces
State of Residence—Kentucky
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WHAPPLES, P. G.

P. G. Whapples, bombardier, is one of 10 prisoners whose poems are recorded in Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling.”

WHEATLEY, CHARLES THOMAS

Charles Thomas Wheatley
Bombardier/Corporal
Royal Artillery (repatriated to the East Yorkshire Regiment)

Captured in Egypt by Germans
Turned over to the Italians and interned at Camp 59
Interned at Lamsdorf Stalag VIII-B after the Armistice
On approach of the Soviet armies in January 1945, was evacuated from the stalag with other prisoners
Liberated by the Americans after westward death march

Source: Charles Wheatley’s granddaughter Samantha Constable

WHITE, IVAN E.

Ivan E. White
Serial Number—20704699
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WHITFIELD, MELVIN

Melvin Whitfield
Serial Number—14002753
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Field Artillery
State of Residence—Illinois
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WHITLOW, J. G.

J. G. Whitlow
Special Air Service (British Special Forces)

Captured in Sardinia during operation “Hawthorn,” July 8, 1943
Arrived at Camp 59 on August 25, with other SAS members

With other SAS prisoners, made the hole in the west wall of the camp and was among the first to escape, with fellow SAS soldier named Schofield, on September 14, 1943.

Source: Giuseppe Millozzi in Allied Prisoners of War in the Region of the Marche and Prison Camp at Servigliano

WHITTEN, JOHN L.

John L. Whitten
Serial Number—35212601
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WILCHER, EDWIN A.

Edwin A. Wilcher
Serial Number—34352271
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Georgia
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WILLIAMS, ROBERT H.

Robert H. Williams
Serial Number—7006809
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

Source: Edwin’s great grandson John Garner

WILLIS, A. A.

A. A. Willis
Service Number—5774137
Sergeant
2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment
Escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943
Reached Allied lines

Source: The National Archives, United Kingdom
(Research courtesy of Brian Sims)

WITHERS, JOHN J.

John J. Withers
Serial Number—12007147
Sergeant
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WOJCIK, JOHN C.

John C. Wojcik
Serial Number—12017271
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New York
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WOLFENBARGER, WILLIAM

William Wolfenbarger
Serial Number—17006666
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry—Armored Infantry
State of Residence—Missouri
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WOMBACHER, RICHARD A.

Richard A. Wombacher
Serial Number—37044160
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WOOD, MARTIN E., JR.

Martin E. Wood, Jr.
Serial Number—37045379
Corporal
U.S. Army, Medical Department—Rifle
State of Residence—Iowa
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WOOD, WILLIAM 3rd

William Wood, 3rd
Serial Number—33136500
Private
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

WOOLNOUGH, CHARLES A.

This address for Charles Woolnough is from Robert Dickinson’s prison camp journal, “Servigliano Calling”:

Charles A. Woolnough
15 Ancill Street
Hammersmith
W. 6 London
[United Kingdom]

WORTHINGTON, LESLIE

Leslie Worthington
WX4449
Lance Corporal, Australian Army Corps—2nd/28th Batallion

Address from Red Cross service record:
Les Worthington
4 Normanby Street
Inglewood
Western Australia

Captured at El Alamein the night of July 27, 1942

Arrived in Camp 59—November 30, 1942

One of nine Australian POWs who escaped from Camp 59 on September 14, 1943

(The nine Australians were: John “Jack” Albert Allen, Thomas David Alman, Arthur George Bell—who sometimes went by A. G. Jux, Lawrence Mortimer “Lawrie” Butler, Vaughn Lawrence Carter, Robert Edward Albert Edwards, James William Feehan, Ronald James “Jimmy” McMahon, and Leslie Worthington)

Repatriated at British Headquarters on June 26, 1944

Sources: Ray Worthington, son of former Camp 59 prisoner Leslie Worthington; Red Cross service record

WUZZARDO, LEON

Leon Wuzzardo
Serial Number—32066473
Private First Class
U.S. Army, Infantry—Rifle
State of Residence—New Jersey
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

YAX, ALFRED T.

Alfred T. Yax
Serial Number—12023561
Corporal
U.S. Army, Infantry
State of Residence—unlisted
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13)

ZUEHL, GEORGE M.

George M. Zuehl
Serial Number—36238842
Private
U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers—Armored (Divisional)
State of Residence—Wisconsin
Source: U.S. National Archives, World War II Prisoners of War Data Files, documenting the period December 7, 1941–November 19, 1946 (Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated—no camp listed)

George M. Zuehl
1529 Ill Ave.
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

George M. Zuehl’s name and address (above) were written on a card in Luther Shields’ deck of playing cards. See post “Dual Purpose Deck of Cards,” January 5, 2009.