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On this set of American Red Cross “Aviator” playing cards Luther Shields recorded the names and addresses of his friends in Camp 59. Most of them are likely from his camp section.

He carried this “address deck” with him when he escaped.

Note that a couple of the cards bear colorful descriptions: “Hill Billy Sheep Hearder” and “Honkey Tonk (Kid).”

There are 55 addresses in all. They are:

James L. Rogers
R.R. #1
Madison, Indiana

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. James L. Rogers, Army Infantry, of Indiana was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-13.)

Gus Teel
507 S. Richardson
Roswell, New Mex.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Guss O. Teel, Army Corps of Engineers, of New Mexico was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.)

Paul Wakeland
601 Walnut Street
Dawson Springs, Ky.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Sgt. Paul I. Wakefield, Army Infantry, of Kentucky was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-1.)

John Savageau
Box 123
Versailles, Conn.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. John Savageau, Army Infantry, was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-1.)

Roy Hatfield
Meador, West Virginia
Hill Billy Sheep Hearder

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Cpl. Roy Hatfield, Army Infantry, was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-1.)

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

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. William A. Helmly, Army Corp of Engineers, of Georgia was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-1.)

Bill Spruiell
5115 Schuler Ave.
Houston,Tex.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. William T. Spruiell, Army Infantry, of Texas was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.)

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

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Virgil Jarvis, Army Corp of Engineers, of Maryland was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-1.)

Ira Powers
Valley Station, Kentucky

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database has no listing for Ira Powers. However a Sgt. Oria Powers was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp was listed. Oria Power’s record also does not list a state or residence or description of military service.)

Domingo S. Aquilar
Box 667
Freeport, Tex.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database has no listing for Domingo Aquilar, nor is there an enlistment record for him.)

John Pawlawski
Andyville, Ky.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Sgt. John Pawlawski, Army Infantry of KANSAS was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from Stalag 3B Furstenberg Brandenburg, Prussia (Also KDOS [USA] #1-5; ARB BTNS 225-255) 52-14. Is this the same John Pawlawski and was the entry of Kansas as state of residence an error? Was he recaptured after the escape from Camp 59 and sent to Stalag 3B?)

Franklin E. Swint
Cedartown, Ga.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Franklin E. Swint, Army Infantry, of Georgia was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.)

Raymond Hines
Eubank, Ky.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Raymond Hines, Army Infantry, of Kentucky was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-1.)

Robert Brooks
New Salem, Pa.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Robert Brooks, Army Infantry, of Pennsylvania was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-1.)

Richard Mooney
Waggner, Ill. (or Waggoner, Ill.)

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Sgt. Richard T. Mooney, Army Infantry, of MISSISSIPPI 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 in the database as Mississippi is a mystery.)

Ernest Ellis
4th Milner
Hays, Kans.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Sgt. Ernest Ellis, Army Infantry of Kansas was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 21 Chieti Italy 42-14. Was he transferred to this camp? Was he recaptured after the escape from Camp 59 and sent to CC 21?)

Ray Blankenship
Graham, Okla.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Rayford Blankenship, Army Infantry, of Oklahoma was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.)

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

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Clifford H. Houben, Army Infantry, of NEW YORK was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17. It seems likely that this is the same Clifford H. Houben. The enlistment database lists only one Clifford Houben, who was from New York, and there were no Houbens enlisted from Massachusetts. Why is his address on the card Lowell, Massachusetts? Was he recaptured after the escape from Camp 59 and sent to Stalag 2B?)

Jack Kirkpatrick
322 Lincoln St.
Johnstown, Pa.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Sgt. John F. Kirkpatrick, Army Infantry, of Pennsylania was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-1.)

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

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Cpl. Keith Argraves, Army Medical Department, of Oregon was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from Stalag 3B Furstenberg Brandenburg, Prussia (Also KDOS [USA] #1-5; ARB BTNS 225-255) 52-14. Was he recaptured after the escape from Camp 59 and sent to Stalag 3B?)

Capt. L. H. Straight
1306 Main St.
Adel, Iowa

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database lists only two POWs with this last name: Fay M. Straight and William J. Straight.)

Murray Shulaw
R.F.D. 1
La Fayette, Ohio

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Murray Shulaw, Infantry, of Ohio was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17. Was he recaptured after the escape from Camp 59 and sent to Stalag 2B?)

George Reesclaf, Jr. (or Reuschak)
2006 Store Ave. (or S. Tore)
Warren, Ohio

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

Orville Higgins
Oreville, Calif.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pfc. Orville A. Higgins, Army Infantry, returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from Stalag 11B Fallingbostel Prussia (Work Camps) 53-09. Was he recaptured after the escape from Camp 59 and sent to Stalag 11B?)

Arthur Roberts
RR–3
Gerard, Kansas

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Arthur R. Roberts, Army Infantry, of Kansas was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.)

Bud David
4232 Tamerack Dr.
Seattle 8, Wash.

(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. Might this be Bud David, and if so what of the address as South Dakota on the card?)

Arthur Shupe
Smithton, Penna.
500

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Arthur E. Shupe, Army Infantry, of Pennsylania was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.)

Athol Gray
R.R. 1
Pleasant Hill, Illinois

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Sgt. Athol Gray, Army Infantry, of Illinois was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.)

Harry Kirschner
412 Pulaski St.
Brooklyn, N.Y.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database lists two serviceman 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.

James Rogers
Madison, Ind.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. James L. Rogers, Army Infantry, of Indiana was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-1.)

Robert R. Downing
Route 4
Warrensburg, Mo.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Robert R. Downing, Army Medical Department, of Missouri was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-1.)

Roy Blankenbeckler
Box 11-2
Glamoranaen, Virginia

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

Steve Shedlock
929 N. Front St.
Allentown, Pa.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Stephen Shedlock, Army Infantry, of Pennsylvania was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.)

Charlie W. Smith
Box 115
Buffalo, Texas

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Cpl. Charlie W. Smith, Army Medical Department, of Texas was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.)

John A. Sikorski
924 (or 724) MacKinley
Vandergraft, Penna.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. John A. Sikorski, Army Infantry, of Pennsylvania was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-1.)

Charlie Perkins
Alisal Ranch
Sol, Calif.

(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.

George M. Zuehl
1529 Ill Ave.
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. George M. Zuehl, Army Corps of Engineers, of Wisconsin was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.)

Paul McLaughlin
201 Ford St.
West Conshohocken
Pennsylvania

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database has no listing for a Paul McLaughlin.)

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

(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 Charles Martins listed as having been detailed by Germany, some of them without state are residence or camp listings.)

Dewitt Stansell
Pickens, S.C.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Dewitt T. Stansell, Jr., Army Infantry, was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.)

George Shorter
R.R. 5
Sullivan, Ind.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. George Shorter, Army Infantry, of Indiana was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.)

Henry Kane
192 Wash. St.
Newburgh, N.Y.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database lists three Henry Kanes, two of whom were from New York state, who were returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp. The camp listed for one is Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12.; the other is Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17.)

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

(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 difference in state of residence.)

Jim Snodgrass
107 Depot Street
Knoxville, Illinois

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates James L. Snodgrass, Technician–Grade 5, Army Medical Department, of Illinois was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.)

Tex Reome
215 Park Street
Malone, N.Y.

(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.)

Max Hauser
Linden, Penna.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Max A. Hauser, Army Corps of Engineers, of Pennsylvania was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-1.)

Jacob Stiner
Lemont Furnace, Pa.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Jacob J. Stoner, Army Infantry, of Pennsylvania was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.)

Joseph Raffeo
1701 Giulford Ave.
Baltimore, Md.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Joseph F. Raffeo, Army, of Maryland, returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from Stalag 6D Dortmund Prussia 51-07. Was he recaptured after the escape from Camp 59 and sent to Stalag 6D?)

Edwin P. Rogers
Patsey, Ky.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Edwin R. Rogers, Army Infantry, of Kentucky was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-1.)

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

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Sgt. John E. Riley, Army Corps of Engineers, of Virginia was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.)

Dean Steed
Swan Valley, Idaho

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Cpl. Joseph D. Steed, Army Infantry, of Idaho was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-1.)

Blain Prewitt
Vox, Ky.

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Blain Prewitt, Army Field Artillery, of Kentucky was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.)

Lyndale Ligon
Broken Bow, Oklahoma

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. Lyndale Ligon, Army Coast Artillery Corps, of Oklahoma was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.)

Louis Van Slooten
RR–4
Holland, Michigan

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Cpl Louis J. Van Slooten, Army Corps of Engineers, of ILLINOIS was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from CC 59 Ascoli Picenzo Italy 43-1. This is certainly Louis VanSlooten, in spite of the discrepancy in state of residence.)

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

(U.S. National Archives on-line POW database indicates Pvt. David E. Riding, Jr., Army Infantry, of Missouri was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated from a POW camp, but no camp name is indicated.)

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