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Militärfotograf Cpl. Joseph D. Karr in Rochester Hills, Michigans,im hohen Alter verstorben
Cpl. Joseph D. Karr gehörte während des Zweiten Weltkrieges dem 167th Signal Photo Corps (http://167thspc.org) an. Im April/ Mai 1945 fotografierte er unter anderem für die 75th Infantery Division (http://www.plbg.de/75th/) im Raum Westfalen, unter anderem in Plettenberg.
Da zu dieser Zeit das Geschehen kaum fotografisch dokumentiert wurde, hat er mit seinen Aufnahmen wertvolle Beiträge zur Plettenberger Stadtgeschichte geleistet. Im Jahre 1997 besuchte er, zusammen mit seinem Sohn, aufgrund einer Initative von Rolf Wilmink (Plettenberger Schützengesellschaft), Plettenberg und betrat somit seit dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkrieges das erste Mal wieder deutschen Boden. Besichtigt wurde unter anderem die Strasse „Auf der Weide“ , die damals von den Bewohnern teilweise geräumt wurde, und einquartierende amerikainische Truppen Platz zu machen. Joseph D.Karr erkannte einige der Gebäude wieder, und ein die ein oder andere Geschichte fiel ihm auch dazu ein. Zum Beispiel, als eine Dame seine frisch gewaschene aber dennoch nicht ganz saubere Wäsche von der Leine „stahl“ und später wieder frisch und sauber dort aufhing. Er wollte die Frau für Ihre Arbeit bezahlen, da sie aber kein Geld von Ihm wollte bekam sie ein paar Stücke Seife, zu der damaligen Zeit ein sehr begehrter Artikel!
Auch traurige Geschichten, die er erlebte, konnte er erzählen: „Da lagen vier tote deutsche Soldaten, und ich bat zwei meiner Kameraden sich dazu zu stellen, ich wollte ein Foto machen.Als ich das Foto gemacht hatte, sah ich das jemand die Taschen der Toten durchsucht hatte.Dabei waren Familienfotos der deutsche Soldaten herausgefallen. FEIND oder nicht FEIND! Dieser Mann hatte eine Familie. Ich – hatte eine Familie. Der amerikanische Soldat hatte Familie! Und alle Familien leiden unter einem solchem Verlust. Da ist mir klargeworden, NIEMAND gewinnt in einem Krieg, jeder verliert! Nur das einige mehr verlieren als andere! Das ist mein Gefühl und meine Überzeugung…!!“
Wir werden Joseph D. Karr ein ehrendes Andenken bewahren!
Military photographer Corporal Joseph D. Karr (Rochester Hills, Michigan) has passed away in March 2012
During the Second World War Corporal Joseph D. Karr belonged to the 167th Signal Photographic Company. In April/May of 1945 he photographed in the Westphalia area of Germany, including Plettenberg, with the 75th Infantry Division. The happenings at this time were scarcely documented photographically, therefore his photos are a valuable contribution to Plettenberg’s town history.
In 1997 Rolf Wilmink brought Corporal Karr and his son for a visit to Plettenberg. It was Joseph’s first time to set foot on German soil since the end of the Second World War. Among the places they visited, was the street with the name ‚Auf der Weide. Back in 1945 this street had been partially evacuated to accommodate the American troops.
Joseph D. Karr recognized many of the buildings again and remembered a few stories. One such story was about a woman who ’stole‘ his washing from the line because it was not clean enough in her opinion. Later she hung the newly washed clothes on the line again. He wanted to reward the woman for her work. She didn’t want any money but she was glad to get a bar of soap, which was rare at the time. He also recalled sad memories: “there, lay four dead German soldiers and I asked two of my comrades to stand in for the photo. As I had finished taking the shot, I noticed that the pockets of the dead soldiers had been searched and family photos had fallen out. Enemy or not! These men have families. I have family. The American soldier has family. And all families suffer under such grave losses. There and then it became clear to me that NOBODY wins in a war, everyone loses! It’s just that some lose more than others! That is my feeling and my belief!!
We will always honor his memory!
Die folgenden Fotografien von J.D.Karr zeigen das Gefangenenlager „Auf der Weide“ in Plettenberg
The follow pictures from J.D.Karr shows the prison camp „Auf der Weide“ in Plettenberg (Germany, Westphalia)
Süderländer Tageblatt-Bericht vom 03. Juni 2002
Newspaper report from 03. Juny 2002
Der Zeitplan der 167th Signal Photo Company, 13 Juli 1944 bis 9. Dezember 1945
The Time Line of Joseph D.Karr, l67th Signal Photo Company, 13. July 1944 to 9. December 1945
13 July 1944 – Left Camp Crowder, Missouri for Europe.
15 July 1944 – Arrived at Camp Shanks, New York.
23 July 1944 – Boarded ship in New York – British Liner Mauretania.
24 July 1944 – Left New York Harber for England
30 July 1944 – Arrived at Liverpool, England.
01 Aug 1944 – Arrived at Mobberley, England via train.
28 Aug 1944 – Made an overnight trip to Glasgow, Scotland to pick up vehicles.
01 Sept.1944 -Left Mobberley, England via convoy.
02 Sept.1944 – Anived at Southampton, England.
04 Sept.1944 – Boarded ship for France and waited in harbor due to bad weather in the English Channel.
07 Sept.1944 – Crossed the English Channel and arrived at Omaha Beach at 9:304M.
10 Sept.1944 – Left Omaha Beach area and convoyed to Versailles, France.
11 Sept.1944 – Arrived at Versailles and stayed at a French Military Academy.
13 Sept.1944 – Reassigned to Combat Unit 126.
17 Sept.1944 – Left Versailles for 9th Army Headquarters at Rennes, France – arrived the same day.
19 Sept.1944 -Left for the 95ü Infantry Division at Cherbourg, France – arrived at III Corps Headquarters that night.
20 Sept.1944 – Left Barneville, France and joined the 95th Infantry Division at Omaha Beach.
22 Sept.I944 -Left Omaha Beach at noon for Versailles, France on a convoy photo assignment.
23 Sept.1944 – Took a ride to Reims, France and returned to Versailles at night.
24 Sept.1944 – Spent the day shopping and sight seeing in Paris.
25 Sept.1944 – Visited Rouen, France while waiting to leave with convoy for Brussels, Belgium -left
with convoy at 8:00PM.
26 Sept.1944 – Completed convoy assignment, then spent the afternoon and night in Brussels, Belgium
and stayed at the Hotel Metropole.
27 Sept.1944 – Left Brussels early morning for the 95th Infantry Division. Had an accident with the Jeep at night when Ray Daum lost control while trying to avoid a British convoy that was driving blackout. The Jeep ended up on it’s side with Lt.Babbitt in the passenger seat and me in the back seat. The trailer was completely tipped over, resting on our two cases of champagne without breaking a bottle. Arrived at the 95’o Infantry Division at 1:00AM.
2 Oct. 1944 – Drove to Rennes, France and stopped to view Mont Saint Michel on the way.
10 Oct. 1944 – Left Travier, France at noon – stayed the night at Rennes, France.
11 Oct. 1944 – Left Rennes at l0:30AM – arrived in Paris at 9:30PM – went to a couple of Cabarets in the evening.
12 Oct. 1944 – Stayed in Paris – visited Notre Dame Cathedral.
13 Oct. 1944 – Visited Napoleon’s Tornb in Paris.
14 Oct. 1944 – Left Paris at 4:00PM and stayed overnight in Reims, France.
15 Oct. 1944 – Stayed in Reims.
16 Oct. 1944 – Left Reims in the morning and arrived at 9th Army Headquarters in Arlons, France in the afternoon – continued on to the 167th Signal Photo Company at Verdun,France.
I7 Oct. 1944 – Stayed at the 167th Company Headquarters through October 18th .
19 Oct. 1944 – Left the 167th Company Headquarters in the morning for the 95th Infantry Division and stayed the night.
20 Oct. 1944 – Left the 95th Division in the afternoon for the 9th Army at Maastricht, Holland and stayed with the 167th Photo Company Field Lab through 23th October.
24 Oct. 1944 – Left the 167th Photo Company Field Lab in the afternoon for the XVI Corps at Heerlen, Holland and stayed the night.
2 Nov. 1944 – Made trips to the front lines as well as on November 3rd and 4th.
5 Nov. 1944 – No activity
6 Nov. 1944 – Took photos at General Simpson’s conference at the 29th Infantry Division Headquarters. General Simpson was Commanding General of the 9th U.S.Army.
7 Nov. 1944 – No activity.
8 Nov. 1944 – Took photos of combat obstacle training course at Nieuwenhagen, Holland.
9 Nov. 1944 – Moved to the 102nd Infantry Division Headquarters in the morning – stayed in an abandoned duplex home at the edge of town at Ubach, Germany.
10 Nov. 1944 – Took photos of General Eisenhower during his visit to the 102nd Infantry Division Headquarters at Ubach, Germany.
11 Nov. 1944 – Routine activity
12 Nov. 1944 – Moved to Robroek, Holland with the 102nd Infantry Division
13 Nov. 1944 – Routine activity
14 Nov. 1944 – Photographed Officers of the 317th Infantry Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division planning for an operation in Holland.
15 Nov. 1944 – Routine activity
16 Nov. 1944 – Photographed 2nd Armored Division Tank attack from Beggendorf,Germany and near Loverich, Germany. A 2nd Armored light tank hit a land mine and blew up in front of me, I assisted the crew in exiting the tank. Major Daum, 102nd Division Chaplain, observed my activities and recommended me for a Bronze Star Award. Raymond Daum, my companion movie photographer, was hit by shrapnel this date and was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
17 Nov. 1944 – Took more photos at Beggendorf, Germany including a photo of the tank that blew up in front of me the day before. The tanks were units of the 2″o Armored Division.
18 Nov. 1944 – Routine activity
23 Nov. 1944 – Took photos of front line troops eating a hot turkey dinner that was served to them on Thanksgiving Day in Waurichen, Germany. (Photo published in U.S. Government Book „The War Against Germany; Europe and Adjacent Areas – Pictorial Record)
25 Nov. 1944 – Photographed firing of a 240MM gun of A Battery 265th FA BN XIX Corps, 9th Army near Setterich, Germany.
27 Nov. 1944 – Photographed engineers of the 327th Eng.Bn., 102nd Inf. Div. digging a drainage ditch at Gereonsweiler,Germany.
29 Nov. 1944 – Experienced healy German artillery fire at Gereonsweiler.
30 Nov. 1944 – Photographed men of the 92nd Chem. Bn., 102nd Inf. Div., 9th Army setting up a mortar emplacement in Ederen, Germany. Also a photo of medics carrying a wounded American into an Aid Station.
2 Dec.1944 – Photographed building ruins in Welz, Germany.
3 Dec. 1944 – Took photos in Rurdorf, Germany.
4 Dec. 1944 – Took photos at Setterich, Germany, including one of Pvt Roy C. Neel of Rule, Texas, milking a cow. (Photo published in Time Magazine December 25,1944)
5 Dec. 1944 – Took photos at Linnich, Rurdorf, and Ederen, Germany. Acquired a large swastika flag at Linnich.
6 Dec. 1944 – Raymond Daum and I were both awarded the Bronze Star by General Keating, Commanding General 102nd Infantry Division, for our activities on Nov. 16,1944.
7 Dec. 1944 – Spent the day at a rest center at Vaals, Holland.
9 Dec. 1944 – Photographed Anglo-American performers at a stage show in Vaals, Holland. Also more photos of the show on 10 Dec. 1944.
13 Dec. 1944 – Viewed combat films at Hoensbroek, Holland.
15 Dec. 1944 – Revisited the rest center at Vaals, Holland.
16 Dec. 1944 – Took photos at Palenberg and Rimberg, Germany.
17 Dec.1944 – Routine activity
18 Dec. 1944 – Took photos in the Ubach, Germany area, including members of an engineering unit ofthe 234th OGWB KX Corps, 9th Army that were repairing a road
19 Dec. 1944 – Took photos of the Christmas Tree at the 102nd Infantry Division Headquarters in in Ubach, Germany.
21 Dec. 1944 – Photographed activities around Heerlen, Holland. Linemen repairing communications lines and road guards checking dog tags because of German parachutists wandering in the area in American uniforms.
22 Dec.1944 – Photographed field artillery at Ubach, Germany
23 Dec. 1944 – Photographed USO show featuring Frank McHugh at Palenberg, Germany.
24 Dec. 1944 – Took miscellaneous photos of 102nd Infanlry Division activities in and around Ubach,Germany and then made a trip to the I67tn Company Headquarters at Maastricht,Holland to pick up mail. I received four boxes from home.
25 Dec. 1944 – Photographed Christmas dinners in the area of Ubach, Germany.
26 Dec. 1944 – Photographed the wedding of an American G.I. and a Dutch Girl at Haanrade, Holland
27 Dec.1944 – Photographed German fighter plane crash at Ubach, Gemany. I witnessed the dog fight with a P-38 Fighter Plane that brought the plane down. The German pilot bailed out but his chute failed to open.
28 Dec. 1944 – Routine activity.
29 Dec. 1944 – Photographed units of the 927 Field Artillary Battalion, 102nd Inf Div. near Beggendorf and Immendorf, Germany.
30 Dec. 1944 – Routine activity
31 Dec. 1944 – Photographed lineman repairing phone lines near Beggendorf Germany and photos of a camouflaged pillbox near Ubach, Germany. In the evening we visited a Dutch family in Haanrade, Holland. I had a hard time finding them. We were invited for a rabbit dinner. Had German air activity (bombs) as we arrived back at Ubach at midnight
1 Jan. 1945 – Spent the evening and stayed overnight with Jack Karsten’s Family at Hoensbroek, Holland. Jack was a Dutch Guard on duty in our area at Urbach, Germany.
2 Jan. 1945 – Took photos of dummy tanks that the U. S Engineers had built and located along the Roer River between Gereonsweiler and Linnich, Germany.
3 Jan. 1945 – Took aerial photos of the dummy tanks that I photographed the day before. On the way back we had to take evasive action from a German Messerschmidt.
4 Jan.1945 – No activity
5 Jan. 1945 – Photographed newly commisioned officers being briefed at 102nd Inf. Div. Hq. Also Took photos in and around Gereonsweiler and Ubach, Germany.
6 Jan. 1945 – Photographed the 2nd Platoon, Co.“C“ 327 CombatEngineers, 102nd Inf. Div. using TNT explosives to demolish disabled American and German tanks near Apweiler, Germany.
7 Jan. 1945 – Photographed awards ceremony at Gereonsweiler, Germany. Received two pachages a And letters from home.
8 Jan. 1945 – Photographed men of „K“ Co. 406th Inf. Regt., 102nd Inf. Div. stringing barbed wire During a snow blizzard near Geilenkichen, Germany. One of these photos was Published on the front page of Stars and Stripes Jan. 20, 1945, ntheU. S.Army Pictorial Record Book „The War Against Germany. Europe and Adjacent Areas“ (page 295) and in a Time Life Book 1979. The same photo is also in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library (NLR-PHOCO-65 63 9(2))
9 Jan. 1945 – Photographed various activities of the 102nd Inf. Div. in and around Gereonsweiler, Pummeren and Ederen. Germany.
10 Jan. 1945 – Drove around looking for photo opportunities.
11 Jan. 1945 – Photographed American Soldier patients at a hospital in Trintelen, Holland. Patient Pvt. Marion W. Lee of Mountain Home, Ark., Co. A, 406Infantry Regt., 102″d Inf. Div., had a particularly humorous human interest story to tell during a German counter-attack at the Roer River.
12 Jan. 1945 – Photographed awards to members of the 405 Infantry Regt., 102nd Infantry Division at Palenberg, Germany.
13 Jan. 1945 – Routine activity.
14 Jan. 1945 – Routine activity.
15 Jan. 1945 – Photographed members of the „F“ Co., 36 Cavalry Recon Squad, 11th Cavalry Group, 9th U.S.Army firing captured German guns across the river at Floisdorf, Germany.
16 Jan. 1945 – Routine activity.
17 Jan. 1945 – Armond Guinn and I photographed members ofthe 407th Medical Detachment, 102nd Inf. Div. examining a captured German armored medical half-track ambulance.
18 Jan. 1945 – Took photos from an observation post outside of Beeck, Germany.
19 Jan. 1945 – Routine activity.
20 Jan 1945 – Took photos from an observation post at Lindern, Germany.
21 Jan. 1945 – Took photos from observation posts at Linnich, Rurdorf and Floisdorf, Germany.
22 Jan.1945 – Routine activity.
23 Jan. 1945 – Photographed scenes of the damage from an accidental explosion at Gereonsweiler, Germany. An estimated 15 men of Co. B,327th Engineer Company, 102nd Inf. Div. were killed and 30 injured in the explosion that leveled a block of buildings.
24 Jan.1945 – Routine activity.
25 Jan.1945 – Routine activity.
26 Jan.1945 – Photographed men of the 406Inf.Regt.,I02nd Inf. Div. and men of Co. A, 701 Tank Battalion, 9th U.S.Army preparing for an attack on Brachelen, Germany. The attack was not necessary because the Germans fled from the town before the Americans reached it. Also took photos at Lindern, Germany where American and British tanks were massed for the attack on Brachelen.
27 Jan 1945 – Routine activity.
28 Jan. 1945 – Took photos at Ederen, Germany.
29 Jan.1945 – Photographed engineers of Co. B, 171st Combat Engineer Battalion, 9t h U.S.Army, rebuilding one of three bridges destroyed by retreating Germans, in the town of Randerath, Germany.
30 Jan. 1945 – Routine activity.
31 Jan. 1945 – Took more photos of the rebuilding of a bridge in Randerath, Germany.
1 Feb. 1945 – Photographed pillboxes in the Randerath, Germany area for G-2.
2 Feb. 1945 – Routine activitv.
3 Feb. 1945 – Left at 2:00PM for Paris – stayed overniglrt at Namur, Belgium.
4 Feb. 1945 – Left Namur at 10:00AM – arrived in Paris at 5:30PM – had a hot bath.
5 Feb. 1945 – Made a visit to the Coifleur for the works – saw a show in the evening .
6 Feb. 1945 – Attended a movie class in the morning and a still class in the afternoon. Had a few drinks in the evening with Armond Guinn and Delbert Davidson.
7 Feb. 1945 – Did some shopping for perfume and other articles to send home.
8 Feb. 1945 – Left Paris about 10:00AM and arrived in Ubach, Germany, 102nd Infantry Division Headquarters, about 1 0:30PM.
9 Feb. 1945 – Moved from the 102nd Division to XVI Corps and stayed with Lt. Daniels for the night at Sittard, Holland.
10 Feb. 1945 – Moved to the 35th Infantry Division in the morning and spent the day getting settled at Gangelt, Germany.
11 Feb. 1945 – Drove around exploring the new area.
12 Feb. 1945 – Photographed roads being repaired near Sittard, Holland. Received mail from home.
13 Feb. 1945 – More road repair photos of Co. C,258th Cornbat Engineer Battalion, 9th U.S.Army repairing road between Wehr, Germany and Sittard, Holland.
14 Feb. 1945 – Photographed the recovery of a disabled British tank at Gangelt, Germany.
15 Feb. 1945 – Worked on our 3/4 ton weapons carrier.
16 Feb. 1945 – Photographed Co. B, 280 Combat Engineer Battalion, 9th U.S.Army engineers blasting a drainage ditch to remove water from the roadway in Bergden, Germany.
17 Feb. 1945 – Photographed men of Co. C 137th Regt., 35th Infantry Division, 9th U.S.Army preparing to go out on patrol at Aphoven, Germany.
18 Feb. 1945 – Photographed various activities of men from M Co.,137th Infantry Regt., 35th Inf. Div., 9th U.S.Army at Obspringen, Germany.
19 Feb. 1945 – Photographed front line mortar and machine gun training in Randerath, Germany.
20 Feb. 1945 – Photographed a practice river crossing by men of the 1st Battalion, 134th Infantry Regt., 35th Infantry Division 9th U.S.Army, on the Meuse River near Obbicht, Holland. The 202 Combat Engineer Corpsmen also took part in the training.
21 Feb. 1945 – Photographed Pvt. Mickey Rooney, Hollywood actor, entertaining troops of the 2nd Battalion,l 37th lnfantry, 35th Infantry Division, 9th U.S.Army at Braunsrath and Bocholt, Germany.
22 Feb. 1945 – Took photos for the cover of the 35th Infantry Division history book.
23 Feb.1945 – Photographed gun crew of Battery A, 219th Field Artillery Battalion, 35th Inf. Div. preparing to fire their 100,000 round from Erpen, Germany. Also took Photos at Straetery, Germany.
24 Feb. 1945 – Photographed award presentations in Shenveld, Germany.
25 Feb. 1945 – Photographed various activities of the 35th Inf. Div. at Oberbruch, Germany. Including a Tank destroyer from Co. C, 654th TD. BN. Firing across the Roer River and Sgt. Frank „Pug“ Pellechio of Bridgeport, Conn. shooting his scoped sniper rifle at targets across the river.
26 Feb. 1945 – Photographed military traffic crossing a heavy pontoon bridge across the Roer River at Linnich, G“.*a.ry. Bridge was constructed by the 977 Engineer Battalion, 9th U.S.Army. Also photographed prisoners of war at Doveren, Germany.
27 Feb. 1945 – Moved to Oberbruch, Germany.
28 Feb. 1945 – Photographed troops on the move.
1 Mar. 1945 – Photographed troop movements at Arsbeck, Myhl, Gensdorf, Wildenrath and Gerderath, Germany. Went onto Venlo, Holland at night and stayed the night. Had German shelling during the niglrt. Photographed infantrymen of the 3nd Battalion 320 lnf. Regt. 35th Inf. Div., 9th U.S.Army relaxing in rooms of a local hotel.
2 Mar. 1945 – Took various photos of 35th Infantry Division personnel rounding up German prisoners that were surrendering throughout the city of Venlo, Holland. Also took photos at Geldern, Germany where men of Co. D, 1o Bn., 134th Inf., 35th Inf. Div. 9ft U.S.Army and British troops of the 244th FieldCompany, Roy Engineers, 53nd Welch Division, 2nd British Army met at a point where the Germans had blown a bridge.
3 Mar. 1945 – Advanced with and photographed the 320th Inf. Recon. To Severen, Germany. Got Shelled with direct fire from a German 88MM gun. On the return from Sevelen, Ray Daum and I were surprised on the road by four armed German soldiers. I emptied my .45 pistol in their direction to divert their attention while Ray accelerated down the road. Moved to Venlo, Holland that afternoon
4 Mar. 1945 – Moved to Nieukerk, Germany. Photographed American and British troops meeting in Geldern, Germany. This photo was published in a 1980 Time Life Book „Across The Rhine“.
5 Mar. 1945 – Photographed 35th Infantry Division activities in Lintfort, Germany. This included units Of the 654th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 320th Infantry, 3’d Platoon, Co. C , 89th Chemical Mortar Battalion and units of the 89th Armored Division.
6 Mar. 1945 – More photos taken in Lintfort in the morning. In the afternoon, went to Rheinberg, Germany overlooking the Rhine River. Took shelter from German mortar fire.
7 Mar. 1945 – Ill from the day before.
8 Mar. 1945 – Photographed units of the 8th Armored Division at Rheinberg, Germany and more photos At Lintfort, Germany.
9 Mar. 1945 – Photographed, in Lintfort, American M-24 tanks that were knocked out in fighting near Lintfort.
10 Mar. 1945 – Took photos in Borth and Ossenberg, Germany.
11 Mar. 1945 – Took photos in Buderich, Germany and photos, from an observation post, overlooking the Rhine River.
12 Mar. 1945 – Moved to Nieuherk, Holland and spent the night at Corps Headquarters.
13 Mar. 1945 – Moved to Kaldenkirchen, Germany for a rest period.
14 Mar. 1945 – Took it easy.
…will be continued…
Die Schützenfahne der PSG wird seit dem 2. Weltkrieg vermisst. Rolf Wilmink (PSG Plettenberg) ist seit vielen Jahren auf der Suche. Auch bei einem großen amerikanischem Militaria-Händler gibt es einen Artikel über die verschollene Fahne :