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"No doubt you will be surprised to receive a letter from me and I hardly know where to start…" (Letter from Homer Hall to 1st Sgt. E Van Enywk, 4/22/1945)

   Homer Eslie Hall
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Homer Hall in uniform [n.d.]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division
Service Location: European Theater
Rank: Staff Sergeant
POW: Yes
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A member of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, Staff Sergeant Homer Hall parachuted into Normandy in the early hours of D-Day, missing his drop zone by several miles. After nearly a week spent dodging Germans, he was captured on June 13th. Interned in Stalag Luft IV, he cobbled together a diary from cigarette labels, and bound it together with a strip of tin from a container of cheese that was sent to the camp by the Red Cross. In this diary, he recorded the names of his fellow prisoners, small vignettes about his buddies, poems, and vocabulary lessons in Spanish—all of which hint at the boredom of life in a POW camp, and the bonds between fellow internees. After nearly eleven months of captivity, and almost two months of forced marching through the countryside, he and two other prisoners successfully escaped from German control in late April 1945.

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 Memoirs (2 items)
Untitled memoir, "A grand day for an Airborne invasion" Miscellaneous stories about Homer Hall's captivity, as told by his wife Aileen Hall 
 Official Documents (34 items)
Letter from the Selective Service Board [8/13/1942] Letter from Lt. F. E. Pabian [7/1/1942] Postcard from the Selective Service Administration [5/13/1941]
Postcard from the Selective Service Administration [5/20/1941] Postcard from the Selective Service Administration [1/27/1942] Postcard from the Selective Service Administration [9/17/1942]
List of members of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Platoon of the 508th Parachute Infantry regiment "Christmas Greetings", map of the "Trois Points" and Wallone region of Belgium [12/24/1944] List of names and addresses for men and their next of kin; Company A 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Prisoner of War Claim form [1/16/1950] Typed copy of Homer Hall's responses to a POW claim form Troop assignment card
2 blank meal tickets Pamphlett warning soldiers about venereal disease War Department memo Re: "Publicity in connection with …POWs"
Typewritten account of Homer Hall's capture in Normandy and liberation from POW camp United States Army Meal Ticket Letter from the United States Department of Labor, Charles Corsaut, Manager, Employment Service
Honorable Discharge Separation Qualification Record Letter concerning veteran's qualification for the Combat Infantry Badge
Letter from Adjutant General [10/25/1945] Memo, "Homeward Bound" Memo from the Parachute School Headquarters, Fort Benning, GA [8/4/1945]
Letter of appreciation from Major General Edward F. Witsell [n.d.] Letter from Clarence A. Clawson, Assistant Adjutant, to Enlisted Reservists [11/12/1948] Letter from Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt [11/1976]
Letter from Frank W. Barton, Director, the War Claims Commission [2/13/1951] Letter from War Claims Commission [7/10/1953] Letter from Otto M. Michael, Acting Chief, Administrative Division, Veteran's Administration
Letter from G. W. Groves, Service Officer, VFW, to the Veteran's Administration on behalf of Homer Hall [8/26/1949] Prisoner of War Claim [1/16/1950] Prisoner of War claim, possibly by someone other than Homer Hall
Former P.O.W. Medical History [redacted]  
 Personal Correspondence (20 items)
V-Mail to Mrs. Aileen Haines from Homer Hall [n.d.] Letter from Homer Hall to a friend, James [1/25/1978] Portion of letter to unknown recipient [n.d.]
Letter to "Zig" [n.d.] Letter to Jim Blue [8/22/1996] Letter to Opal [6/10/1994]
Letter to Mr. Jacque Adnet thanking him for the translation of an article from French to English [2/12/1985] Letter written on POW Air Mail stationary, from Mrs. Rosa Hall to Homer Hall [10/15/1944] Letter on American Red Cross stationary from Homer Hall to 1st Sgt. E. Van Enywk [4/22/1945]
A note to Homer Hall's friend, Herk [n.d.] Letter from G. W. Groves, Service Officer for the Wichita, Kansas chapter of the VFW [5/3/1949] Letter from Michael Vanuga to Homer Hall [1/28/1993]
Letter from Earl Gibson to Jim Blue [1/15/1979] Letter from Max Cleland "to our nation's veterans" [n.d.] Letter from D. Zane Schlemmer to Jim Blue [11/13/1977]
Letter from Jan Bos to Jim Blue [4/24/1983] Memoir: "The 3rd Platoon" Letter from James M. Gavin to M/Sgt. James R. Blue [3/12/1963]
Letter from "John" to James "Jim" Blue [1/31/1963] Letter from Dr. John Brickley to Sgt. James Blue [12/6/1962] 
 Diaries (3 items)
Diary pages from veteran's time in a POW camp Original handwritten pages from the diary of Homer Hall Transcription of Homer Hall's journal detailing the escape of himself and his companions from a German POW forced march [4/8/1945 - 5/14/1945]
 Other Materials (12 items)
Biographical information for Homer E. Hall Handwritten translation [by Jacques Adnet] of an article by Albert Pipet, from French to English, "Parachutes Over St.-Mere-Eglise" Three pages from a notebook, with men's names and serial numbers
Newsclippings about Home Hall's capture and detention by the Germans Visitors guide to Brussels, Belgium, including information on places to stay and "do's and don'ts" Copy of Public Law 94-433, increasing the rates of disability compensation for disabled veterans
Handwritten notes on Kansas State Firemen's Association letterhead [n.d.] Pamphlett advertising a Memorial Eucharist for Homer Hall [3/13/2003] Certificate in honor of the passing of Homer Hall, from President George W. Bush
Certificate in memory of Homer Hall from his comrades in A Co. of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment Association Songbook 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment 50th Anniversary Speech by Hank LeFebvre [10/24/1992]]

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