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Admin/Biog History Melvin J, Davis entered military service on November 11, 1942. He trained as a mechanic and was promoted to Tech Sergeant. He left for overseas duty in September 1944. He was serving with the 18th Mechanized Cavalry Regiment when he was reported as missing in action in Germany on December 16, 1944 on the opening of the Battle of the Bulge. He was reported as a prisoner of war on March 5, 1945. He was liberated from Mooseburg on April 29, 1945. He lost 40 pounds during his four months as a POW. He came home to Oshkosh, WI on June 19, 1945 on a 90 day furlough.
Classification Archives
Collection Winnebago County Historical Commission
Dates of Accumulation 1945
Abstract Letter from J. A. Ulio The Adjutant General, to Shirley M. Davis.

Western Union Telegram
Jan 22, 1945
Mrs. Shirley M. Davis
19 East Nevada St.
The Secretary of War desires me to express his deep regret that your husband Technician Fourth Grade Melvin J. Davis has been reported missing in action since sixteen December in Germany. If further details or other information are received you will be promptly notified
J. A. Ulio The Adjutant General.
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG71.5
Object Name Telegram
People Davis, Melvin J.
Subjects World War II
United States Army
European Theater of Operations
Prisoners of war
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