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His POW record from the NARA- AAD database, It shows he was captured February 2, 1944 In Italy while serving with the 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. This would have been during the battles around Cassino.
SERIAL NUMBER 33077233 33077233 NAME BOWEN VINCENT J BOWEN VINCENT J GRADE, ALPHA T SG Technical Sergeant GRADE CODE 3 Lieutenant Colonel or Asst. superintendent of nurses or Director of nurses or Technical Sergeant or Commander or Petty Officer, 1st Class SERVICE CODE 1 ARMY ARM OR SERVICE INF Infantry ARM OR SERVICE CODE 10 INF: INFANTRY DATE REPORT: DAY (DD) 18 18 DATE REPORT: MONTH (MM) 02 02 DATE REPORT: YEAR (Y) 4 1944 RACIAL GROUP CODE 1 WHITE STATE OF RESIDENCE 32 Pennsylvania TYPE OF ORGANIZATION 110 Rifle PARENT UNIT NUMBER 0179 0179 PARENT UNIT TYPE 06 Group/Regiment/Commands/System AREA 98 North African Theatre: Italy LATEST REPORT DATE: DAY (DD) 06 06 LATEST REPORT DATE: MONTH (MM) 06 06 LATEST REPORT DATE: YEAR (Y) 5 1945 SOURCE OF REPORT 1 Individual has been reported through sources considered official. STATUS 8 Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated DETAINING POWER 1 GERMANY CAMP 004 Stalag 3B Furstenberg Brandenburg, Prussia (Also KDOS [USA] #1-5; ARB BTNS 225-255) 52-14
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We searched the National Archives Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located Records of World War II Prisoners of War, documenting the period 12/7/1941 - 11/19/1946 that includes a POW listing for Vincent J. Bowen from Pennsylvania who was a prisoner in Stalag 3B.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 7 file units that pertain to Stalag 3B in the Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General (Record Group 389). One file unit titled American POWs in Germany, November 1, 1945 has been digitized and available via the Catalog. For access to and/or copies of the non-digitized file units, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
To seek more records of Vincent John Bown, please begin by requesting a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and who were separated from the service prior to 1956 are in the custody of NARA’s National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Army Air Corps 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. Navy and Marine Corps OMPFs were not affected by the fire. 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.
We searched Ancestry and located All Military Results for Vincent John Bowen; and his possible grave site (no image). There may be a fee for using Ancestry to access digitized records. However, you may view these records online at one of NARA's facilities for free via a NARA PC. For the nearest NARA location, please consult our web page at https://www.archives.gov/locations/.
We also found his grave site on Find-A-Grave.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!