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Admin/Biog History Harry G. T. Meeleus was born in Oshkosh, WI on September 4, 1908, the son of Edward E. and Olga Ziegenhagen Meeleus. He was drafted into the 32nd Division, Wisconsin National Guard in March 1941 and served in Louisiana. He was released to inactive reserves due to his age in July 1941. Harry was then called back to active duty after Pearl Harbor and attended Officer Training School at Fort Benning, GA and graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant. He returned to Oshkosh on leave and married Helen Hunter on November 21, 1942. He first commanded a company of the 974th Air Base Security Group in North Carolina, composed of African-Americans, but the unit was disbanded. He was then assigned to the 106th Division in Indiana. Prior to service in Europe, 75% of the unit was shipped over as replacements for other units. Harry was then assigned command of the Headquarters Company of the 2nd Battalion of the 422nd Infantry. They landed in Belgium in November 1944 and were soon sent into the front lines. The Division was over run at the Battle of the Bulge on December 16, 1944 and Harry was captured and sent to a German prisoner of war camp. He was finally liberated on May 2, 1945. He returned to Oshkosh on furlough on June 8, 1945. Following the war he worked for T & J Manufacturing Company. He died in Oshkosh, WI on January 12, 2003.
Classification Archives
Collection Harry & Helen Meeleus
Dates of Accumulation 1945
Abstract Citation issued to Helen H. Meeleus "In appreciation of services rendered in behalf of the War Finance Program" by the Secretary of the Treasury on July 2, 1945 during the 7th War Loan.
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG74.5.2
Object Name Certificate, Service
People Meeleus, Helen Hunter
Subjects World War II
Homefront
War bonds & funds
War work
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