Cerro Gordo County

Pfc. Bob Oliver




War Prisoner of Germans Writes He'll Be Home Soon

Pfc. Bob Oliver Was Captured in Africa in 1943

A letter from Pfc. Bob Oliver, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Oliver, 929 Jersey N.E., stated that he had been liberated from the German prison camp, Stalag 3B, and expected to be home soon. The letter was dated May 10.

Pfc. Oliver has been a prisoner since Feb. 17, 1943, when he was captured by the Germans in north Africa. No official word of his release has been received here.

"It seems too good to be an ex-POW," he had written. Pfc. Oliver went overseas with the 2nd contingent of the national guards and while in Ireland was married to an English girl, a member of the British air forces. She is at present in England but expects to come to the States as soon as she gets official word of her husband's liberation and whereabouts.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, May 24, 1945 (photo included)