Archive for December, 2013

Christmas 1944: Felix Cizewski hospitalized in Paris with cold injuries

December 25, 2013
Diorama

Diorama in the Truschbaum Museum, Camp Elsenborn, Belgium of a medic treating GI with trench foot and cold injuries to his hands and face. This illustrates what Felix A. Cizewski suffered.
(Photo Truschbaum Museum, used by permission.)

On Christmas sixty-nine years ago my late father, Felix A. Cizewski, was in an Army hospital in Paris with severe cold injuries, probably frostbite, to his hands and feet.

He was in a the Open Wire Repair Section of an Army Service Forces Signal Corps company based in Paris.

That meant he was working outside during one of Europe’s harshest winters in decades.

What Signalmen did that put them at risk of cold injury

At night a captured German doctor working in the American hospital massaged Felix’s hands and feet with a salve. Eventually Dad healed enough to avoid amputations and return to duty.

He was sent to a Replacement Depot then assigned to the Thunderbirds’ 45th Signal Company for the rest of the war.

Dad suffered for the rest of his life with what may have been Raynaud’s Syndrome. Every winter his circulation would mostly shut down in his hands and his hands would be very pale and cold.

My father obviously suffered  lifelong disability from his cold injuries. Along with the effects of tuberculosis he may have contracted while in the Army and the traumatic effects of arriving at Dachau about one day after its liberation and possibly helping to care for the survivors while stationed on occupation near Dachau, my late father may have been an
unrecognized and uncompensated disabled veteran.


For more information:

Felix A. Cizewski in the Army Service Forces Communications Zone, Paris, September 15, 1944 to January 16, 1945

An Unrecognized and Uncompensated Disabled Veteran?


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Virginia Holocaust Museum accepts donation of Signal Corps artifacts

December 3, 2013

The Virginia Holocaust Museum has accepted the donation of three Signal Corps artifacts by way of my Unofficial Informal Archive of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Northwest Europe in WWII.

Two are the late Camp Crowder trainee John Moriarty’s copies of two special editions of Radio News:

Radio News

Covers of November, 1942 and February 1944 special Signal Corps issues of Radio News

John Moriarty’s daughter Pat Nagel  loaned them to Unofficial Informal Archive of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Northwest Europe in WWII.

I used them to create a Radio News page on the Unofficial Informal Archive of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Northwest Europe in WWII.


The third artifact is a copy of A Rookie In Crowder

A Rookie in Crowder

A Rookie in Crowder is the Camp Crowder, Missouri edition of a souvenir comic book depicting basic training. Ned Eller is a cartoonist who trained as a front line combat infantryman.
The Ray C. Berry Syndicate copyrighted it in 1942. No information is available regarding the renewal of this copyright so it may now be in the public domain.

This  copy of “A Rookie at Crowder” was rescued from a garage sale by Chris McCluer of Mission, Kansas. He recognized that veterans and their families would appreciate its depiction of World War II Army basic training and donated it to the Unofficial Informal Archive of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Northwest Europe in WWII site.

I scanned and uploaded it to Scribd and Google Documents.


Thanks to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center for referring the Unofficial Informal Archive of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Northwest Europe in WWII to the Virginia Holocaust Museum


Unofficial Informal Archive of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Northwest Europe in WWII

As I researched the gaps in my late father’s Signal Corps service I realized I had compiled information that was not readily available elsewhere and would be useful to other family history researchers.

I shared my research on my family history site.

Veterans and their families contacted me with additions, corrections, stories, and photos to share.

Out of that evolved the Unofficial Informal Archive of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Northwest Europe in WWII.

Recently people have sent artifacts. After sharing a copy on my site, all original artifacts are donated to an archives, museum, historical society, or library so the items are available to all.


For more information:

Radio News page on the Unofficial Informal Archive of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Northwest Europe in WWII

Signal Corps training at Camp Crowder, Missouri page on the Unofficial Informal Archive of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Northwest Europe in WWII

Virginia Holocaust Museum


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