Staff Sergeant John D. Strey

Previous Next World War II Exhibit Page Home Search
Record 184/959
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Enlarge Image
Collection Winnebago County Historical Commission
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print of Staff Sergeant John D. Strey.
Year Range from 1943
Event World War II
Year range to 1945
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes 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.
Object ID P2005.20.14
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Strey, John D.
Print size 2 7/8" x 4 1/2"
Subjects Portrait photographs
World War II
United States Army Air Force
European Theater of Operations
Missing in action
Prisoners of war
Title Staff Sergeant John D. Strey
COPYRIGHT INFORMATION ~ For access to this image, contact

NOTICE: This material may be freely used by non-commercial entities for educational and/or research purposes as long as this message remains on all copied material. These electronic pages cannot be reproduced in any format for profit or other presentation without the permission of The Oshkosh Public Museum. 2005 Oshkosh Public Museum, All Rights Reserved   
Last modified on: December 12, 2009