Hank Freedman was born in Boston, Massachusetts on
September 21, 1921.
On October 13, 1942 he was assigned to 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th
Infantry Division in Camp Blanding, Florida. After training in
Florida and Tennessee as a machine gunner, Hank was promoted to
Sergeant. He attended school at the University of Alabama at
Tuscaloosa and Auburn University.
In March 1944 Hank was assigned to 422nd Infantry Regiment,
106th Infantry Division at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. He was
shipped overseas in October on the SS Aquatania, landing at Glasgow,
Scotland. Hank then was transferred to Le Havre, France in November.
On December 19, 1944, Hank was captured during the Battle of the
Bulge. After much walking and being loaded in 40 X 8 boxcars and
bombed by the RAF on Christmas Eve, Hank arrived at Stalag
IX-B on December 25, 1944. He was transferred to
Stalag IX-A on January 25, 1945.
After being liberated on March 30, 1945, Hank spent 3 to4 weeks in
hospitals in France. He had lost 55 pounds as a POW. Hank was
flown back to the United States and discharged November 24, 1945.