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Whitney may be buried overseas

Whitney of D/393

Whitney of D/393

may be buried overseas


     One of the 79,000 WWII veterans still "missing in action" is Wilbur Whitney of D/393.

     Nicknamed "Eli" because of his last name, Whitney was a Pfc in an .81mm mortar squad.

     He was taken prisoner on Dec. 18, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge. He and Roy Eugene Obee of Burns, Kansas, were in the same POW camps and were liberated together in April 1945. They had been in Stalag 4B.

     Obee says Whitney was seriously ill when liberated and was sent to a hospital where he died. It is presumed that he was buried overseas.

     Whitney was from Howland, Maine. He had a wife and three young sons, the youngest of which was born after he went overseas in September 1944.

     Obee says Whitney was a "real nice guy" and about 25-26 years of age. He has some photographs which he'd like to give to the family. But, he has been unable to locate them.

     Anyone who might be able to provide information should contact Gene Obee or Irene Elisha at Burns KS 66840. No street address necessary. His phone number is 316-726-5292. Elisha's number is 316-726-5617.

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