German volunteers in US military after WW II

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German volunteers in US military after WW II

Post by Mannet » 09 Feb 2021 12:20

Hi, I read article about Dieter Dengler and I'm wondering, how many Germans served in US military after WW II ?

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Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 10 Nov 2022 05:33

Anybody knows?

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Post by VanillaNuns » 22 Nov 2022 15:12

Hans Welzel is an unusual one. He was a US citizen whose family moved to Germany when he was a child.

He joined the Hitler Youth and fought with the Wehrmacht in Italy until being captured in 1943.

He then fought in the Korean War as a US serviceman.

https://www.npr.org/2010/11/09/13118677 ... d-u-s-army

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Post by Ken S. » 10 Mar 2023 23:43

Werner Trei
Werner Trei, 71, was born in Germany but moved with his family to Lincoln, Nebraska, when he was 2, KDVR reported.

Even though he was a German citizen, Trei was drafted in 1968 and served for the U.S. military in Vietnam, serving as an Army Ranger with the airborne 75th Ranger Infantry Regiment, the Times-Call reported,

Trei served until 1970 and was awarded three Bronze Stars and a Vietnamese Gallantry Cross for helping to save 100 stranded Vietnamese civilians deep inside enemy-held territory, the newspaper reported.

He did not however, earn U.S. citizenship and said it took nearly a year to get a green card after the war, the Times-Call reported.
https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dy ... jxVOo0aCP/

Werner Trei becomes an American citizen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BL5XRWwP8Q

Died April 21, 2020: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/en-ca/o ... ei-9146306

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Re: German volunteers in US military after WW II

Post by Ken S. » 10 Mar 2023 23:48

Not sure if this counts, but here is an article about former Luftwaffe ace Franz Goetz:
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Post by henryk » 11 Mar 2023 20:54

Ken S. wrote:
10 Mar 2023 23:48
Not sure if this counts, but here is an article about former Luftwaffe ace Franz Goetz:

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What does reorganized "Polish Unit" mean?

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Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 12 Mar 2023 07:37

Gentlmen,

I wonder if Franz Goetz was decorated by the US government for service with the US Labor Corps?

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Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 14 Mar 2023 06:19

Gentlemen,

Does the US Labor Service have their own decorations standards awarded to the Germans who were in the job?

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Re: German volunteers in US military after WW II

Post by reedwh52 » 14 Mar 2023 16:30

What does reorganized "Polish Unit" mean?
A labor unit based on displaced Polish individuals transitioned from Polish employees to German employees.

The US Labor Service was NOT a U\S military service and it's members were not members of the US Armed Services.. It was comprised of civilian employees of the US Army in Europe.

Since it was not a military service, it's members would not be eligible for US military awards & decorations.

The internet archive has the history of the initial years at http://home.arcor.de/civilian.support/history.htm.

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Re: German volunteers in US military after WW II

Post by henryk » 14 Mar 2023 20:35

Thank you, reedwh52 and Ken S.

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