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Two-sided 11th Armored Division, US Army, after action poster of battle events received by a soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.442.10

Double sided 11th Armored after action report poster received by 24 year old Captain James (Jim) Kirkebo in May 1945 while serving with the Thunderbolt 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 Kirkebo was on occupational duty until early October when he returned to the US. Kirkebo was awarded a Silver Star and 3 Bronze Stars for his heroism and leadership in action.

Artwork Title
G-2 After Action Report April 1945 / Miscellaneous Extracts
depiction:  1945 April 01-1945 May 09
publication/distribution:  1945 June 15
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of James Edward Kirkebo
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Record last modified: 2019-02-11 06:58:06
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