||Winnebago County Historical Commission
||Oshkosh Public Museum
||Gelatin print of Staff Sergeant John D. Strey.
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||World War II
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||Bust view of Staff Sergeant John D. Strey. He is wearing his service uniform and hat and wears an Army Air Force Gunners qualification wings on his left breast.
John D. Strey was born in Oshkosh, WI circa 1926, the son of John C. and Lillian Strey. He entered military service in August 1943 and was trained as a gunner on a B-24 "Liberator" bomber. He went overseas in June 1944 and was assigned to the 15th Army Air Force in Italy. He was listed as missing in action over Austria on January 15, 1945. On March 17, 1945 he was listed as a prisoner of war on a card post marked January 22, 1945. He was liberated from a POW camp in Mossberg (sp?), Germany on April 29, 1945 and was flown to France prior to returning to the United States. Ironically, his brother August "Bud" Strey was a C-47 pilot who flew liberated prisoners out of the same camp and missed meeting his brother by only a week.
||Strey, John D.
||2 7/8" x 4 1/2"
World War II
United States Army Air Force
European Theater of Operations
Missing in action
Prisoners of war
||Staff Sergeant John D. Strey
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