12-12-2014, 06:16 AM
Wow, so he wasn't KIA....but had a DC released. Im goonna look into this one more. Cant determine what ZT. B.d is tho
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12-12-2014 06:16 AM
12-13-2014, 09:16 AM
Josef Ruetzel, Obergefreiter in a tank hunter unit. Can't quite figure out what was going on when he was killed, though. He was reportedly killed in Weidesheim, Germany on November 27th, 1944, but according to everything I can find, Weidesheim wasn't reached by the U.S. 26th Infantry Division until mid-December. Killed in an air raid maybe? Wrong information to begin with?
12-13-2014, 09:54 AM
Nice photo on the Death Card showing his epaulettes. Judging by the P10 on his epaulettes he was with a different unit at the time of his death as 10 Pz.Gren.Division were fighting with Army Group South on the Eastern Front.
I would agree that he was probably caught up in an air raid or a strafing attack, or it could be that he was injured at the front and died later. There is an interesting webpage dealing with someone's wartime memories of life in Weidesheim. It would seem that the small town had a lot of Russian forced labour in the vicinity...
Association Historique de Kalhausen - www.kalhausen.com
Here is the soldier's entry in the Volksbund Database:
12-13-2014, 10:22 AM
I have a dozen WWII notices - here are four.
R.I.P. sons and brothers.........
12-13-2014, 10:35 AM
I can't find any entries in the Volksbund for the first two but this is the entry for the third one to Müller...
Mathias Müller ruht auf der Kriegsgräberstätte in Pulawy (PL). Grablage: Endgrablage: Block 3 - Unter den Unbekannten.
And for Sedlmayr...
Andreas Sedlmayr ruht auf der Kriegsgräberstätte in Costermano. Endgrablage: Block 12 Grab 372
12-13-2014, 01:45 PM
That is not unusual at all. Death cards as such have no military connection whatsoever, but are wholly civilian items.
by Bill T
(Of course, in the case of serving military personnel who died in the war, it was customary to use a photograph showing the deceased in uniform and to use a variety of war-related design elements - from a suble "Iron Cross" symbol to heroic artwork - but this was all up to the choices of the deceased's family.)
Anyway, Mr. Stein was a Kriegsverwaltungsbeamter [lit. "war administration official"]; these were former civilian officials or other administrative specialists called up for wartime administrative service in the occupied territories. They were a special group distinct from the other army officials.
A Kriegsverwaltungsinspektor was an official of the gehobener Dienst [elevated career group] and equivalent to an Oberleutnant.
Stein served with a reserve military hospital and died of a longer illness in another military hospital in the homeland.
The abbreviation "z. Zt. b. d. Wehrmacht" after the names of two of his male relatives means "zur Zeit bei der Wehrmacht", i.e. "presently serving in the armed forces".
by Bill T
By the way, it is interesting to note he had relatives in New Jersey.
Last edited by HPL2008; 12-13-2014 at 05:10 PM.
12-13-2014, 05:24 PM
12-28-2014, 08:51 PM
Just got a new one that is hard to read.
Melkowits? Gefallen bij Stara-Buda .... Should be somewhere on the Dnepr. Any suggestions?
12-28-2014, 09:13 PM
It says he was KIA at "Stara-Buda, southwest of Tschaussie". As always, transliterations can make places hard to identify, but I think the "Tschaussie" in question would appear to be Chavusy in Belarus (which is more commonly transliterated by the variant spelling of "Tschaussy"):
by Evgeni M
Chavusy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
12-28-2014, 09:37 PM
Thanks! Found both places!