Linfred LeRoy Schuttler was born on November 2, 1924, at Spencer in Hanson County,
South Dakota. Of German heritage and raised as a Methodist, Linfred
was a store clerk before entering the service on May 7, 1943. The
following is his story, told in his own words.
Service Record: I went into the service with the first 18-year-old draft call. I
had my basic infantry training at Camp Wolters, Texas. I was then
assigned to Co. F, 411 Infantry Regiment, 103rd Division in March of
1944 as part of a 60 mm. mortar squad. I went overseas in October of
1944, landing at Marseilles, France. We were part of the US Seventh
Army and were sent to the Alsace-Lorraine area of eastern
France. During the Battle of the Bulge we were re-assigned to the US
Third Army. The division ended the war in the Brenner Pass area of
Austria and Italy. I was hospitalized for 2 months in March and
April of 1945 with hepatitis.
Camp Encounter: I was assigned to the 103rd Inf. Division until the war ended
and was then assigned to the 83rd Chemical Mortar Battalion. We were
positioned along a line south of Steyr, Austria, and spent about two
months facing off with the Russians.
The enclosed pictures are of the work camp at Landsberg, Germany.
It was liberated by the 103rd Division. [See photos at end of
testimony.] I was hospitalized at that time so did not see this
camp. There were six of these camps in the Landsberg area. The
German civilians claimed to "know nothing" of the camps in
their midst. They were ordered to clean up the camps and bury the
dead. The mayor of Landsberg committed suicide when confronted with
what was found in the camps.
My only real encounter with camp survivors was seeing many Polish
POWs who had been captured in 1939. They were walking skeletons.
They wanted to go home to Poland, but did not trust the Russians
I was awarded the Bronze Star, European Theater Ribbon with 3 Battle
Stars, and the Combat Infantry Badge.