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Richard J. Nichols 1919-1998

CPL Richard Nichols 1941

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Street:  98 MYRTLE AVE City & State: JOHNSON CITY, NY E-Mail: 
Zip: 13790 Phone:  Spouse: BARBARA D
Conflict: WW II Service Branch: ARMY Unit: 17 FA 2 ARMY BTTY
Theater: ETO Where Captured: AFRICA Date Captured: 02/14/43
Camps Held In: TUNIS MUNICH 3B CAMP NORTH OF BERLIN How Long Interned: 829 days
liberated / repatriated: liberated Date Liberated: 05/23/45 Age at Capture: 24
Occupation after War:  MAIL CARRIER

Military Bio:

Richard J. Nichols, died 11/19/98. He married to Barbara, and was born 5/22/19 in Susquchanna, PA. After joining the Army Richard became a Cpl. in the 17th Field Artillery, 2nd Army, Battery E. Mr. Nichols was captured in Faid Pass, North Africa 2/14/43, After his capture he was marched to Tunis, flown to Reggio, Italy, sent by boxcar to Naples, on to Munich and finally Stalag IIIB on the Oder Canal, Furstenburg, Germany. Richard was on a forced marched in February 1944 to Stalag IIA at Neubrandenburg, and in May 1945 he woke up to find the German guards gone; six of the POWs including Richard left on foot toward the Ebbe River. Three days later they caught up with U.S. troops on the East Side of the Elbe. Mr. Nichols was later taken to Halle, Germany, were he was debriefed by Army and flown to Le Havre, France where we happily boarded a crowded ship home.

After leaving the service Richard spent several years working as a farmer, he also worked as a Rural Letter Carrier, retired in 1978 for the U.S. Postal service. Richard had three children; Mrs. Michael (Helen Rae) Egan, Windsor, NY; Richard S. Nichols, Van Etten, NY; Mrs. John (Jo Ann) Lennon, Endicott, N.Y., 10 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Married to Pauline Grausgruber July, 1941. She passed away August, 1948 leaving 2 children ages 1 & 2.

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