Thank you for your quick response. Actually I discovered that I have the name wrong. It is Erich Kapeller and his birth date is October 18, 1920 born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
I was told that after the war the Americans returned him to the Russian soldiers where he spent time in a prison there. He died ion 7/21/1999 in Germany. I would just like to know the name and location of the prison where my grandma visited him in Alabama. Maybe there would even be a record of his name or visitors he had etc.
Thanks for your help.
P.S. The grave site you found isn't him because I didn't have the correct name.
Dear Ms. Semble,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Unclassified Decimal Files, 1941-1954 in the Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General (Record Group 389) that contains some information related to prisoners of war (POWs/PWs) in Alabama. We also located the series Decimal Files, 1943-1946 that includes 6 files related to individual POW camps in Alabama and the series Subject Files, 1942-1946 that includes 36 files related to Alabama that may be of interest to you. These records have not been digitized. For access to and information about them, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com. Please include as much information about your great uncle as possible when you submit your inquiry.
Next, we located the series Records Relating to German Prisoners of War During World War II, 1943-1952, the series Former German Prisoner of War Files, 1945-1946, the series Strength Returns and Morning Reports of German Prisoners of War, 1945-1946, and the series Rosters of German Nationals in U.S. Custody During World War II, 1942-1946 in Record Group 389 that may be helpful for your research. Please note that these records may generally be used to confirm prisoner-of-war status, but they do not typically contain personal information about individual prisoners. These records have not been digitized. You may contact RDT2 with any questions you may have about them.
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In addition, the personnel records of World War II German prisoners of war were returned to Germany. For access to these records, please write to the Bundesarchiv - Abteilung PA, Eichborndamm 179, 13403 Berlin, Germany. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!