Black Hawk County

T/Sgt. Wendall K. Thieman



Three More Men Free in Germany

Tullis, Gibbs, Thieman
Back in American Hands

Families of three Waterloo servicemen rejoiced Saturday upon receiving word of their safety after being held prisoners of war by the German government.

Liberated are Tech. 5th Gr. Max L. Tullis, 28, Staff Sgt. Norman D. Gibbs, 19, and Tech. Sgt. Wendall K. Thieman, 24.

Notice of T-5 Tullis’ safety and good health was received by his wife, Virginia, while en route here from Phoenix, Ariz. Direct word came to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. H. Chamberlain, 151 Rainbow drive, with whom she and her daughter, Judy Kay, 3, reside.

Tullis with 106th.

T-5 Tullis was serving with the 106th infantry in Germany at the time of the breakthrough and was later reported missing in action. In a letter Jan. 5 he informed his family that he was in the prison camp. He entered service in March, 1943, received training at Ft. Jackson, S. C., and Camp Atterbuiry, Ind., and went overseas in November, 1944.

Sergeant Gibbs was liberated by Americans, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy F. Gibbs, 514 West Second street. Taken prisoner Jan. 15, when he was reported missing in action over Yugoslavia, he had been serving overseas as a waist gunner and assistant engineer with the 15th air force in Italy since December, 1944.

A January, 1944 graduate of West high school, he entered service the following month.

British Free Thieman.

A card from Sergeant Thieman informed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Thieman, 1003 Logan avenue, that he was liberated by British troops and expects to be home soon.

Listed a prisoner of war of the German government July 19, Sergeant Thieman has been overseas since June, 1944, serving as a radio operator on a B-17 Flying Fortress.

He was employed by the Rath Packing Co. before entering service in march, 1943.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, May 20, 1945, Page 3