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11th Armored Division double sided poster of news reports received by a soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.442.9

11th Armored division The Press Says... poster collage of news reports received by 24 year old Captain James (Jim) Kirkebo in June 1945 while serving in the US Army, 11th Armored Division, in Germany. Kirkebo, age 19, enlisted in the US Army in September 1940. In August 1942, 2nd Lieutenant Kirkebo became commanding officer of C Company, 21st Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division, Third Army. In December 1944, Kirkebo's unit landed in Normandy, and defended Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. The 11th Armored spearheaded the Allied advance into Germany and pushed through to Austria. Kirkebo received a battlefield promotion to captain on February 1, 1945. On May 5 and 6, soldiers from the 11th Armored liberated Gusen and Mauthausen concentration camps. At Mauthausen, they discovered over 19,000 starving inmates. The unit was tasked with caring for the inmates and improving camp conditions. On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered. Kirkebo was on occupational duty until October when he returned to the US. Kirkebo was awarded a Silver Star and 3 Bronze Stars for his heroism and leadership in action.

The Press Says...
commemoration:  1945 January 28-1945 May 28
issue:  approximately 1945 June
received:  approximately 1945 June
publication: Salzburg (Austria)
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of James Edward Kirkebo
Record last modified: 2023-08-28 10:34:34
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