Memory of Pfc. Winston Almond Douglas, 10th Armored Division, 3rd
September 1, 1921 -- August 27, 2000
Winston Almond Douglas was born on September 1, 1921, at Isabel, SD. Winston
entered the service in 1942. The following information was provided
by his widow, Mrs. Evelyn Douglas.
Service Record: Winston Douglas served with General Patton's Third Army with the
10th Armored Division. He was wounded twice and fought in the Battle
of the Bulge.
Camp Encounter: According to official records, the 10th Armored is credited with
liberating Landsberg, a subcamp of Dachau. Mrs. Douglas was not
familiar with what camp Winston had seen but said of his camp
encounter, " I remember Winston telling about one incident
which occurred at one of those places. The people were so nearly
starved that they couldn't tolerate the soup or whatever they tried
to feed them--even after being watered down, it still was too rich
for them to eat. I don't know where this took place but he was
Winston Douglas was awarded three battle stars, the Purple Heart,
the Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters, the Presidential Unit
Citation, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
After the War: Pfc. Douglas was discharged on
November 2, 1945. After studying engineering at Ohio
University, Winston became a design engineer in the Bridges and
Buildings Section of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in Baltimore,
Maryland. Before retiring in September of 1983, he was chief
engineer of the Game, Fish and Parks Department for 25 years.
Winston married Evelyn M. Minnick at North Augusta, South
Carolina, on August 11, 1944. Together they had one son, James, and
four daughters, Jayne, Vicki, Dee, and Karen; fourteen
grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and one
Winston Douglas was a charter member of the DAV Oahe Chapter No.
18 and was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He was
commander of the Pierre area DAV for two years and chairman of its
executive committee for a year. He also served on numerous state
convention committees and served as state commander.
Winston was a lifetime member of the American Conservation
Engineers and received the Eugene Baker Award in 1983 for
outstanding work in the area of conservation.
SS officer Eichelsdoerfer, the commandant of the Kaufering IV
concentration camp, (Landsberg/subcamp of Dachau) stands among the corpses
of prisoners killed in his camp; right: corpses in Kaufering IV; photos
courtesy of USHMM