William G Colby

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Name: William G Colby

First Name(s): William G
Last Name: Colby

Place of birth: Ohio, Lucas Cnty,

Rank: Sgt
ASN: 31189482
Company: F
Unit: 423rd IR 2ndBn 106th ID

Reported as: POW ► DNB
Date of incident: 21-12-1944
Place of incident: Schönberg area

His storyOn December 21, 1944, Sgt William G Colby was taken prisoner in the vicinity of Schönberg, Belgium. He was held prisoner in Stalag IV-B in Mühlberg, Landkreis Elbe-Elster, Brandenburg, Germany. It is assumed he died in Bad Sulza, Germany during a forced march and was initially buried at the cemetery of this town. From this cemetery two sets of remains were disinterred in February 1953, of which was believed they were of Sgt Colby. They were labeled as Unknown X-7638 and X-7641 and evacuated to Ardennes Cemetery. After investigation no positive identification could be established.

The IDPF contains also documents in which his sister Ruth, tells a complete different story. Her brother seemed to had been arrived in Stalag VIII-A in Görlitz, Landkreis Görlitz, Sachsen, Germany on January 13, 1945. On February 14, 1945, among with countless other prisoners, they started on a five hundred miles march. A Sgt Peter Ruli, who survived this march, was his buddy and he claimed to remember Sgt Colby dropped out of the column in Leisnig, Landkreis Mittelsachsen, Sachsen, Germany, on February 22, 1945, complaining of a weak leg.

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