Bert Powell

  • Birth Date: July 17, 1924
  • Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • State of Residence: Chicago, Illinois
  • Years of Service: 4
  • Branch of Military: Army
  • Rank:Private First Class (PFC)
  • Wars Involved In: WWII
  • Theater(s) of Operation: European Theater (France, Germany, and Austria)

“I spent almost four years in the U.S. Army as an infantryman (1st gunner on a caliber 30 light machine gun). I was with the 66th Infantry Regiment, assigned to Patton’s Army, as infantry support to one of his tank units. We fought through France, Germany, and halfway through Austria before the war ended.”

Bert Powell who recently passed away on May 16, 2013, at the age of 88 served in the European theater of operations during WWII. He helped liberate the Gunskirchen Lager concentration camp in Lambach, Austria. He was also awarded a Bronze Star for his service in WWII. After the war, he lived in Chicago, Illinois with His wife Enid and owned a chain of dry cleaning stores,

Here is an exerpt from his memoir about his time in the service:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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