Records for U. S. Army Guard at Nurnberg war trials

My wife's uncle PFC William H. Mitchell, Jr. served in the 26th Infantry Regiment during WWII. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge (possibly as part of the 79th Infantry) and was shot one inch below the heart, yet survived. After the war, he re-enlisted so he could stay in Germany as he wanted to marry a German girl. He was assigned to serve as a guard at the Nurnberg war Trials. He guarded many of the war criminals including Rudolph Hess and escorted him to the trial daily. Are there records which could reveal insight into his life as a guard? Have seen numerous websites about the Nurnberg war trials, but have not found anything about him nor do we see a picture of him (We have a picture of him in his WWII uniform to compare faces to.)

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  • There is an entry for a Private Mitchell, but no first or last name as having escorted Speer from the prison to meet with interrogators or his defense counsel.  What you describe is too different roles:  prison guard and escort guard.  There are nearly no records of the soldiers who served as guards at Nuremberg.  There are hardly any photos of either prison or escort guards.  If you have information about his service, such as letters, would you please email me for a project i'm working on?  My uncle was a prison guard, and I'm trying to piece together from personal letters what life was like for these men.  I have some of his stories but they're all about his own experience

  • Good evening Dalton. I apologize in advance for inserting my question into this thread, but I wanted to check with you and others in this thread, while I was researching my paternal Great Uncle Elbert Ray Glasscock, who served as a guard during the Nuremberg Trials. He always told us he was assigned to guarding Hermann Goring.  There is an article in the Cullman Democrat from 1946 that also relayed this same information.  Uncle Elbert would never talk anymore about the trials than that. He said it was something he always tried to forget for the rest of his life.

    There is a new Netflix Documentary out on the trials and I'm scanning the footage to see if I can catch an image of him.  There is one scene very early on where there is a guard coming down the stairs behind Goring and it looks very much like the picture below, but after reading your description, I was hoping you might could shed a little more light on his work schedule there.

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  • Good evening Dalton. I apologize in advance for inserting my question into this thread, but I wanted to check with you and others in this thread, while I was researching my paternal Great Uncle Elbert Ray Glasscock, who served as a guard during the Nuremberg Trials. He always told us he was assigned to guarding Hermann Goring.  There is an article in the Cullman Democrat from 1946 that also relayed this same information.  Uncle Elbert would never talk anymore about the trials than that. He said it was something he always tried to forget for the rest of his life.

    There is a new Netflix Documentary out on the trials and I'm scanning the footage to see if I can catch an image of him.  There is one scene very early on where there is a guard coming down the stairs behind Goring and it looks very much like the picture below, but after reading your description, I was hoping you might could shed a little more light on his work schedule there.

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