6 Replies Latest reply on Jul 1, 2021 4:54 AM by Daniel Stopczynski

    Seeking Records of 4189th Labor Service Group


      I am looking for information on the 4189th Polish Labor Service Group protecting US Forces Installation around USAREUR headquarters in Germany circa 1950's.  My father, Joe Kunzmann Sr, was a member of the organization and died of tuberculosis in 1952.  Anyone able to provide any information would be appreciated. 

        • Re: Seeking Records of 4189th Labor Service Group
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Kunzmann,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1905-1981 (Record Group 407) and the Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter), 1917-1999 (Record Group 338), but were unable to locate records pertaining to the 4189th Labor Service Corps or the 4189th Polish Labor Service Corps.


          Polish citizens who served with the U.S. Army during World War II and during the occupation of Germany and who were not officially inducted into the American Army were considered civilian employees by the U.S. Government. Official Personnel Files (OPFs) and medical information for individuals who worked for the U.S. government in a civilian capacity prior to 1954 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis, P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138. Please include full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, name and location of employing Federal agency, beginning and ending dates of Federal Service.


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


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          • Re: Seeking Records of 4189th Labor Service Group
            Raymond Zawalski Wayfarer



            I am Raymond Zawalski, a former member of the Labor Service organization. Actually I was borne into the organization, since my Father was also a member since Dec 1945. I am also the informal Labor Service historian and I am currently helping three Groups in Poland, France and Germany to understand what Labor Service was all about. To answer the Question:

            Unit activated 14 Mar 1946

            moved to Heidelberg 27 Jan 1947

            moved to Schwetzingen and Mannheim 8 Jun 1949

            Deactivated 1 Jul 19566 per General Order, HQ USAREUR #96


            I hope I could help. If you are Looking for further info, please let me know



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              • Re: Seeking Records of 4189th Labor Service Group
                Daniel Stopczynski Newbie

                Hello Raymond,

                I have a very similar question to the one posted in this thread as I am researching the history of my late father Stanislaw Stopczynski who was born in Poland on 29 September 1924 and died in London, UK on 11 September 1979.



                I have recently come into possession of a US Army Certificate of Discharge dated 1st November 1947 which states that he was discharged from the 1917th Labor Supervision Company, APO 154. In the body of the certificate, it sates that he was in the 4155 Labor Service Co. (Polish-Civ)


                Therefore, I was wondering if it would be possible to provide any background information such as:
                • Where this unit was located in the US Zone of Germany after World War II?
                • What was the function of this unit?
                • How was this unit organised, i.e. how many platoons, company, regiment etc?


                Any information which you can give me would be extremely helpful in tracing my father’s history.

                PS I have a digital image of this document along with scanned photographs which I can upload when appropriate.

                Thank You

                Daniel Stopczynski

                  • Re: Seeking Records of 4189th Labor Service Group
                    Raymond Zawalski Wayfarer

                    Good morning Daniel,


                    I am sorry for being late with my response, but Corona hit the family and the priorities had to be moved. Anyway this is what I found as a first glance:

                    The 4155 th Labor Service unit was originally activated on 30 March 1946 in Mannheim-Käfertal.  Camp Kosciuszko was the first Labor Service Training Center, where entire units were trained before deployment. Later the casern was renominated Taylor Barracks and was deactivated in 1995.

                    The 4155th LSU was then relocated to Kornwestheim on 11 April 1946. On 21 May 47 They again were moved to Ludwigsburg and were deactivated on 15 Dec 1947.

                    The mission was to guard POW/Arrest camps for Nazi personnel (Military and Civilian).

                    All Labor Service units were organized along military lines and units were assigned to Labor Supervision Centers (Equivalent to Battalions) and manned mostly by US Military, where as the LSU units were staffed by LS personnel only.


                    I hope I could help a little. Pleas do not hesitate and contact me if you need more info.


                    Have a great day



                • Re: Seeking Records of 4189th Labor Service Group
                  Raymond Zawalski Wayfarer

                  Dear Jürgen,

                  I am sorry that I am responding so late, but Corona hit the family and .....


                  The 4189th Labor Service unit has an interesting history:

                  14 Mar 1946 activated at Mannheim-Käfertal, the official Labor Service Training Center

                  27 Jan 1947 Moved to Heidelberg

                  8 Jun 1949  Moved to Schwetzingen

                  15 Jun 1956 Moved to Mannheim

                  1 July 1956  Deactivated in Mannheim


                  mission of the unit was to guard US installations


                  Have a great day