Testimonies from the Midwest

 

 In Memory of Pfc. Winston Almond Douglas, 10th Armored Division, 3rd Army

     Pfc. Winston Almond Douglas               Division patch               Photo of Winston Almond Douglas

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 there."

Awards: 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 great-great-grandchild.

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.

 

Requiescat in Pace

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     corpses in Kaufering IV

Left: 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

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