Grundy County

Sgt. Howard F. Wood



With Those In Service
Fullertons Learn Son Is Well in Nazi Prison Camp

Columbus Junction—Tech Sgt. Harry Fullerton, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Annas of Columbus Junction, is in excellent health and is getting along all right in a German prison camp, where he is being held as prisoner, it was learned Sunday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Fullerton, of Washington, Ia. Mrs. Fullerton talked with a comrade of Sgt. Fullerton, who recently returned to America on the liner Gripsholm in exchange of prisoners.

Mr. and Mrs. Fullerton noticed in a Sunday paper that 78 men from Iowa had been returned in the exchange and one of them was Sgt. Howard F. Wood, of Grundy Center, Ia. They located him in Willimette, Ill. He told them he left the prison camp July 26 and Harry was feeling fine. He said conditions at the camp were good, largely due to the work of the American prisoners.

Sgt. Wood was in the same bomber squadron as Sgt. Fullerton and his plane was shot down in the same raid in August, 1943. They were taken to the same camp, Stalag 17B Krems, Austria, northwest of Vienna.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, October 25, 1944

According to Sgt. Howard F. Wood, formerly of Grundy Center, Iowa, four Cedar Rapids men are among 78 Iowa men held in a German prison camp, Stalag XVII B, located at Krems, Austria. Sgt. Wood left the camp as an exchange prisoner, returning to the United States on the Gripsholm. The Cedar Rapids men in the camp are David Blodgett, Winston Lowe, Robert Vollbrecht and Thomas McDonald. Sgt. Wood said he left camp on July 26 and that all the Iowa men were well and reasonably happy under the circumstances. They are kept busy with their theater, library, studies and sports. They are receiving Red Cross packages regularly each week.

Source: Cedar Rapids Tribune, October 26, 1944