1 Reply Latest reply on May 24, 2021 10:55 AM by Lyn Rowe

    Polish volunteers in US Army in WWII

    Maciej Kozak Newbie

      Hello everyone,


      I'm looking for any information about my great grandfather's, Edward Czernecki (born 24.08.1910 in Nowy Sącz, died December 1978), involvement in US Army operations in WWII. According to his military record book, he served in Polish Army from late August 1939 and was taken captive by Germans on 20.09.1939. Based on his letter from 8.06.1941 he was in German POW camp Stalag XIIB, working in various farms in the area. The military record book mentions, that he escaped the camp on 3.08.1944 to France and that he joined US Army as a volunteer on 15.09.1944. It only says, that he participeted in military operations as private in some kind of mechinezed crew and that he was released from US Army on 18.01.1946.


      I would love to find out more about his time in US Army. I can only confirm that he was in Luxemborg on 8.05.1945 when the War ended, based on one photo with the date and location. So I assume he might be involved in liberation of the Luxembourg and maybe in the Battle of the Bulge.


      Could you point me in the right direction, please? Is there a database I can use to find the unit he was in? Maybe there is available data on the escapees from Stalag XIIB?

      Thank you

        • Re: Polish volunteers in US Army in WWII
          Lyn Rowe Wayfarer

          Thank you for contacting the History Hub.


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