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Walter Ade - Korean War

Walter Ade, a German native who grew up in the Sudetenland, emmigrating to Illinois after the war. He served with the United States Army in Korea from January through December 1953. Ade was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 5th Regimental Combat Team, seeing action in the Punchbowl area and near Chorwon.

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Feature Excerpt

"Why my mother stayed in Germany"

Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

World War II in Sudetenland

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Service in Korea, 1952-53

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Illinois National Guard

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From left to right are young Walter, his father Julius, cousin Rolf, brother Ernst, and his mother Frieda in 1936 while the Ade family lived in Mosbach, Germany.

Where:

Mosbach, Germany

When:

1936

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Narrator's photo

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1942, Graslitz, Sudetenland. Ernst b. 17 April 1929, Frieda Ade b. 1898, Walter b. 30 Oct. 31.

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Graslitz, Sudetenland

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1942

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Narrator's photo

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1942, in Graslitz, Walter's mother carried this and the next two pictures in her wallet.

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Graslitz, Sudetenland

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1942

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Narrator's photo

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Adolescent picture of Walter in 1944 while he lived in Graslitz.

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Graslitz, Sudetenland

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1944

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Narrator's photo

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1942, Graslitz. Walter in a Jungvolk uniform.

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Graslitz

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1942

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Narrator's photo

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19 Aug 1949, Stuttgart. Issued temporary travel document in lieu of passport for German nationals.

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Stuttgart, Germany

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1949

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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This is how Mrs. Ade found out her son was dead. A woman sent her this picture from East Germany.

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East Germany

When:

Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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April 1952, Ft. Leonard Wood. Walter's wife Eunice came to visit.

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Ft. Leonard Wood

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April 1952

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Narrator's photo

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Walter looks at his new daughter's picture, born on April 3, 1953. Mary was only one day old.

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Unknown

When:

April 3, 1953

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Narrator's photo

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7 Oct. 1955. Julius Ade b. 1901. Arrived in Heidelberg after being held in Siberia. Was captured near Dansing in Feb. 1945. 1st Lieutenant (Admin. Branch).

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Heidelberg, Germany

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7 Oct. 1955

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Narrator's photo

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Walter's father recovered fairly well after 10 and a half years of "hard labor" in Russia.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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March 1960. Walter served as technical officer, class III, IV.

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Unknown

When:

March 1960

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Sept. 1982, Ft. Riley, KS, 5th Army Championships. Ade served as Rifle Team 016 for 20 years.

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Ft. Riley, KS, 5th Army Championships.

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Sept. 1982

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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1 Nov. 1984. Walter retired at age 53.

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Unknown

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1 Nov. 1984

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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July 13-15, Prairie State Games.

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Prairie State Games

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July 13-15

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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1984, Worldmasters, Lake Placid. He finished last in the 50km race.

Where:

Worldmasters, Lake Placid

When:

1984

Ownership:

Narrator's photo

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Feb. 1991. One of the coldest races. Ade completed 10 Am. Briheberier XC ski marathons and 7 half marathons "corteloppet."

Where:

Unknown

When:

Feb. 1991

Ownership:

Narrator's photo



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