FULL NAME:

Hilbert J. Bohmbach

ARMY SERIAL NUMBER (ASN):

37094497

  • DATE OF BIRTH: October 10, 1913
  • DATE OF DEATH: July 27, 1988
RESIDENCE (DURING WWII)

Red Wing, Goodhue County, Minnesota

DATE / PLACE OF ENLISTMENT
  • DATE OF ENLISTMENT:
    November 3, 1941
  • PLACE OF ENLISTMENT:
    Fort Snelling, Minnesota
ORGANIZATION
  • MAIN UNIT:
    2nd Quartermaster Company
  • SUBUNIT:
    Unknown
RANK / POSITION IN UNIT (LAST KNOWN)
  • RANK:
    Sergeant (Sgt.)
  • POSITION IN UNIT:
    Unknown
BATTLES AND CAMPAIGNS

✭ Normandy Campaign (6 June – 24 July 1944), ✭ Northern France Campaign (25 July – 14 September 1944), ✭ Ardennes-Alsace Campaign (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945), ✭ Rhineland Campaign (15 September 1944 – 21 March 1945), ✭ Central Europe Campaign (22 March – 11 May 1945)

DECORATIONS AND CITATIONS (AWARDS)

🎖European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

SUMMARY OF HIS SERVICE

"My great uncle, Hilbert John Bohmbach ( known as 'Chick') served in the 2nd Quartermaster Company. He rarely spoke of his time there as he suffered from severe PTSD after the war. We are certain based off his wife’s diary, he arrived on Omaha Beach June 8, 1944. Chick spoke fluent German and was 30 years old on D-Day. He ended at rank of Sgt or higher upon discharge. He came home with looted Nazi flags, knives, patches & money, much of which he gave away out of painful memory.

Our family knew never to ask him stories as he never wanted to talk. Bits & pieces did come out over the years such as he made comments about “clearing the inside of homes & the burden of considering to kill the German man inside which he felt could be a relative … his father recently immigrated from Hamburg years prior.

The most specific story I was able to get likely came on Dec 16, 1944. Chick sounded to be in Büllingen, Belgium when the fighting for the Bulge broke out. Chicks unit immediately was overrun and he ran for his life on foot in fear. Due to his severe asthma condition (he never told army), he couldn’t run through the deep snow as he was out of breath. Story has it he hid that day/night & the next day, was able to return to US lines because his best friend, George “Red” McCrary, came looking & found him. He & Red spoke by phone each December where Chick thanked him for saving his life," Lucas Rogers, great-nephew.

HONORED BY:

Lucas Rogers, Great-nephew

NARA - Display Full Records

File Unit: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946 (Enlistment Records)
in the Series: World War II Army Enlistment Records, created 6/1/2002 - 9/30/2002, documenting the period ca. 1938 - 1946. - Record Group 64 (info)

Brief Scope: This series contains records of approximately nine million men and women who enlisted in the United States Army, including the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.

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