|Title||Carlton W. Hamann|
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
|Description||Gelatin print of Carlton W. Hamann.|
|Event||World War II|
Hamann, Carlton W.
World War II
United States Army
European Theater of Operations
Prisoners of war
|Copyright||Oshkosh Public Museum|
|Collection||Winnebago County Historical Commission|
|Cataloged by||Cross, Scott|
Bust view image of Carlton W. Hamann. He is wearing the summer khaki shirt and garrison cap.
Carlton W. Hamann was the son of Herbert C. and Ruth Hamann of Oshkosh, WI. He worked for Sunshine Laundry and was married to Betty J. Hamann. He was inducted in to the army on February 14, 1944 and trained at Camp Blanding, Florida. He was shipped to Europe on August 15, 1944 and assigned to the 29th Division. He was wounded in action by shrapnel wounds to the jaw on September 15, 1944 and returned to his unit on September 20. He was listed as missing in action on October 4, 1944 in France. In February 1945 his wife was notified that he was a prisoner of war. While imprisoned at Stalag 2-B, he met Sergeant Rudolph Golcomb of Oshkosh. He volunteered to work as a farm laborer in order to supplement his diet. He still lost thirty-five pounds while a prisoner. The camp was evacuated to avoid liberation by advancing Soviet troops and the prisoners forced to march of 1100 kilometers deeper into Germany in January 1945. He was eventually liberated on April 15, 1945 and returned to Oshkosh in May on a sixty-day furlough.