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George Petritz Collection

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George Petritz Collection

Biographical Information

Name:
George Petritz
State of Birth:
IL
Home State:
MI
Gender
Male
Race
White

War or Conflict
World War, 1939-1945
Military Status
Veteran
Dates of Service
1941-?
Entrance into Service
Enlisted
Branch of Service
Navy
Location of Service
Philippines
Highest Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Prisoner of War
Yes
Service History Note
Veteran discusses: Naval warfare strategies in the Pacific and the Philippines; sinking two Japanese transport ships; capture on the Philippines; experiences in prison camps, death rates, Red Cross; humorous anecdotes; courage and character of other prisoners of war (POW); confinement on board a "Hell Ship", ship was sunk by American aircraft, rescue by Philippines, transfer to local guerillas, then to Navy PT boats, trip home.

Collection Information
(Not at LOC)

Interviewer:
Charles Brooks
Interviewer:
Joann Raab
Contributor:
JoEllen Vinyard
Contributor Affiliation/Organization:
Eastern Michigan University
Collection #:
AFC/2001/001/40072
Subjects:
Petritz, George
World War, 1939-1945--Personal Narratives
United States. Navy.
Prisoner of War--United States
Cite as:
George Petritz Collection
(AFC/2001/001/40072), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Non-LC Repository Location:
Leelanau Historical Society Museum
 
 

 

Last Edit: 2006-09-27
 

 

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