9 Replies Latest reply on Aug 11, 2020 1:06 PM by schoenbo

    US POW Military Hospital 716 Göppingen 1945 - 1947/48

    Newbie

      Hello!

       

      Did NARA contains archival records about above mentioned "US POW Military Hospital 716 Göppingen"?

      The hospital was installed in old Wehrmacht Anti-Aircraft barracks in April/Mai 1945 and holds at times 10.000 patient. Existing as POW Hospital till 1947/1948.

       

      Thank you very much!

      Alex

        • Re: US POW Military Hospital 716 Göppingen 1945 - 1947/48
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Gaugele,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          We searched the Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army) (Record Group 112), the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338), and the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1905-1981 (Record Group 407) but unable to locate information pertaining to the U.S. POW Military Hospital 716 at Goeppingen from 1945 to 1948.

           

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            • Re: US POW Military Hospital 716 Göppingen 1945 - 1947/48
              Newbie

              Dear Mrs. Collier,

               

              thank you for your answer and researches in the specific records.

              I recently got the information that the hospital was founded as PW-Hospital No. 5 (Holzheim Goeppingen) and later renamed as PW-Hospital 716. Is it possible to find records under this specific name and place? Is it possible to find records to this hospital in other archives? Is something to find in the OMGUS records?

               

              See also

              Weekly Health Report, Issue 42

              Military Government

               

              Thank you

              Alex

                • Re: US POW Military Hospital 716 Göppingen 1945 - 1947/48
                  Rebecca Collier Ranger

                  Dear Mr. Gaugele,

                  Thank you for posting your follow-up request on History Hub!

                  Again, we searched the Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army) (Record Group 112), the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338), and the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1905-1981 (Record Group 407) but unable to locate information pertaining to PW Hospital No. 5 at Holzheim and Goeppingen from 1945 to 1948.

                  We also searched the OMGUS records of the Records of United States Occupation Headquarters, World War II (Record Group 260) and the European Command files in the Records of United States Army, Europe (Record Group 549) but were not able to locate specific files pertaining to PW Hospital No. 5 or the U.S. POW Military Hospital 716 at Goeppingen. There were records about hospitals in general that may contain information about these two hospitals.

                  For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov or visit the Textual Research Room.

                  We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

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              • Re: US POW Military Hospital 716 Göppingen 1945 - 1947/48
                Newbie

                Thank you Mrs . Collier for you help!

                Thread can be closed.

                • Re: US POW Military Hospital 716 Göppingen 1945 - 1947/48
                  Alexander Gaugele Newbie

                  I've got a visit report from the ICRC archives in Geneva from November 1946.

                  It ist stated, that the American Camp Commander was Frist Lt. Heffler from Med.Btn. 59

                   

                  Is their any records at NARA about a 1st Lt. namend Heffler in your files, maybe with medical education?

                  Is their any records from the 59th Medical Battailon?

                   

                  Thank you.

                    • Re: US POW Military Hospital 716 Göppingen 1945 - 1947/48
                      Sylvia Naylor Adventurer

                      Dear Mr. Gaugele,

                       

                      Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

                       

                      For more information on 1st Lt. Heffler, you may want to request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for officers of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after June 1917 and prior to 1958 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002.  You can also fax the form to 314-801-9195. Veterans and their next of kin can also use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

                       

                      We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled “Unit Annual Reports, 1940-1949” in the Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army) (Record Group 112) that includes 3 file units of the 59th Medical Battalion. For more records of the 59th Medical Battalion, we suggest that you request a search of the index to the series titled World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office (Record Group 407) as they may contain some information relevant to your research. For access to and/or copies of this/these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

                       

                      Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2 & NPRC. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

                       

                      We hope this information is helpful.  Best of luck with your research!

                       

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                    • Re: US POW Military Hospital 716 Göppingen 1945 - 1947/48
                      Alexander Gaugele Newbie

                      Thank you Sylvia for your reseaches.

                      As a first step, I will make a SF-180 request at the NPRC. I hope they can find something with this less information I have.

                       

                      Then I will see if we can do further reseaches in the other RG.

                       

                      Best regards

                      Alex

                        • Re: US POW Military Hospital 716 Göppingen 1945 - 1947/48
                          schoenbo Newbie

                          Hello Alexander Gaugele,

                           

                          very interesting. My father was in the Goeppingen Zentralklinik Bau 8.

                          We didn't found any Informations about this Hospital, but it can be that it is the same
                          medical institution.

                           

                          I'will ask again both existing hospitals in Göppingen if the have any informations in their archives.

                           

                          Regards Oliver

                          • Re: US POW Military Hospital 716 Göppingen 1945 - 1947/48
                            schoenbo Newbie

                            Hello Alex,

                             

                            here are informations you are looking for:

                             

                            Location in Germany, Goeppingen-Holzheim, Heininger-Str

                             

                            https://www.swp.de/suedwesten/staedte/goeppingen/von-der-flak-zur-grossklinik-die-wechselvolle-geschichte-des-19538119.h…

                             

                            informations about the area in the 3rd Reich:

                            http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Kasernen/Wehrkreis05/KasernenGoeppingen-R.htm

                             

                            Article is in German, I will give the facts in English:

                            1935: Property negotiations from Luftwaffe with City of Göppingen

                            1936: New Building for the II. leichte Abteilung des Ludwigsburger Regimentes 25 on the 'Alm' area wich is called 'Rigi' today

                            1936: New 'Abteilung 85' under Major Kraemer

                            1939: modifying the 'Abteilung 85' and new resource to 'Flakabteilung 851'

                            1942/1943: empty area, most of the soldiers were fallen, injured or captured due battles in Stalingrad, Poland, France

                            1943?: Luftkriegsschule 8, officers school from the Luftwaffe up to end of the war

                            1945: military hospital No. 5 from the US Army, armed protection by the army

                            1945: renaming in PW-Hospital 716 after more than 10.000 persons were housed there

                            1946: partwise resolution and transferring the part with 'Holzhammer Gate' to civil authority

                            1946: renaming the civil part as 'Landesversehrtenkrankenhaus'

                            1947: transfer to the new founded 'Zentralkliniken Goeppingen', the different specialized hospital departments were numbered in blocks.

                            1951: negotiations with the new German riot police to overtake the area, reducing the beds

                            1953: move in of the riot police. They are using it up to now

                             

                             

                            This is what the area looks like today. The buildings with the grey roofs are the remaining 'FlaK Hallen' flak halls

                            wich are used as garages and warehouses now.

                            On the right side above you see the old FlaK-stadium with 2 sport fields (green and red one)

                             

                            For further Informations about German issues you have to contact the military archive in Freiburg, WaST and the archive of the city of Goeppingen.

                            Please recognize that the Luftwaffe was very thoroughly in destroying of documentations.

                             

                            I still have no informations who has taken over the archive documents from the Zentralkliniken Goeppingen. But they were important for the

                            young soldiers to get invalidity pensions. I'm sure they are stored somewhere in a German archive.

                             

                            Hope this informations will help you.

                             

                            regards

                            Oliver