POW Listing - 883rd FA Battalion

According to the National Archives, these Trailblazers were German prisoners of war. However, since there are some errors and omissions in coding, we cannot independently verify each name on the list. Also, there are some discrepancies between this list and other official sources about the manner of death . Additional information about these soldiers can be found at the National Archives, American Battlefield Commission, and Trailblazer web sites. Several former POW's provided documentation of prisoner status and were included on this list.

As of this posting, we believe that 21 Trailblazers were sent from Stalag 9B Bad Orb to the Berga slave labor camp, a sub-camp of the notorious Buchenwald (more information). No indication of their transport to Berga in February, 1945, is provided by the National Archives data file. Therefore, we have added "Berga" to the listings of those POW's who were sent to this slave labor camp.  

Additional information about Berga can be found through the links above and below the table. Recent books by Roger Cohen and Flint Whitlock also document the hell of Berga. Twenty-five percent of the Berga prisoners were worked to death (in comparison to an overall death rate of 2.5% for all American POW's held by the Germans).

Revised Feb. 7, 2006 as researched by Diane Kessler.

NAME RANK REPORTED MISSING STATUS CAMP

BOWLIN, DALE F

TEC5

21-Feb-45

Returned

 

STEWART, GERALD F

PVT

21-Feb-45

Returned

 

OGILVIE, ROBERT S

TEC5

23-Feb-45

Returned

 

WASYLYSHYN, WASYL A

SGT

23-Feb-45

Returned

 

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POW List - Norm Fellman, Berga Am Elster - Bad Orb, Tony Acevedo - Information on Berga - Information on Bad Orb (Stalag IXB) - An American Slave in Nazi Germany