Fort Sam Houston Cemetery

Bexar County TX

 

 

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POW graves are between the car and the grassy strip of ground
(tree to right marks this strip of ground) that separates them
from the graves of American servicemen in the foreground.
POW graves are between the two small trees
in the foreground and the car.
 
   
George Forst marker with
Swastika etched into cross.
Close-up of cross with Swastika.
 
Aflred P. Kafka marker with
Swastika etched into cross.

At the end of World War II, the bodies of many prisoners who died while incarcerated in Texas prisoner of war camps were returned to their homelands.  Not all POW bodies, however, were returned.  141 prisoners of war were buried in temporary gravesites at several Texas POW camps.  After the war, these bodies were disinterred and some were re-buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.  140 of these bodies still rest in section ZA of the Fort Sam Houston Cemetery.  133 are German; 4 are Italian; 3 are Japanese.  It appears there were originally 141 graves.  Gravesite ZA109, however, has no marker.

While these POWs were buried in what was once a remote section of the Sam Houston National Cemetery, the present-day cemetery surrounds the area where the POWs were laid to rest.  But for the names and inscriptions on the markers, the POW graves are marked in exactly the same fashion (simple, white marble, military markers) as most of the other American service personnel buried in this cemetery.  No longer isolated, these graves are in an active portion of the cemetery.  On the January 2003 morning when the names below were recorded, two different graveside services took place at a nearby open-air pavilion (one of five used daily by the cemetery for graveside services).  Several 21-gun salutes and bugles playing "Taps" could be heard in the distance.  Burials on one side of section ZA are primarily of American servicemen from the Vietnam and Korean conflicts.  Several 2002 and 2003 burials of American WWII veterans and their spouses were apparent in another adjoining plot.  Off to another side of section ZA is a cemetery service road; beyond that, the Fort Sam Houston golf course.  The grounds are well-maintained.

The body of Hugo Krauss, who was murdered by Nazi POWs at Camp Hearne in December 1943, is among those interred at Fort Sam Houston.  Krauss was originally interred at the temporary Camp Hearne Cemetery (which no longer exists).  His gravesite at the Fort Sam Houston Cemetery is one grave down and a grave or two over from the only graves at the cemetery that are identified as being those of Nazi soldiers.  While all of the other 140 POW markers contain names and death dates only, the headstones identifying the burial spots of the two Nazis -- Georg Forst & Alfred P. Kafka -- have crosses with swastikas etched into them.  Both of these headstones also carry the inscription:  "Er Starb Fern Der Heimat Fur Fuhrer Volk Und Vaterland."  None of the other POW headstones bear personal inscriptions (other than occasional military service information).

Name Date Of Death Row Number Burial Location
Fritz Birndt 12.14.1943 1 ZA1
Kurt Vetterlein 2.6.1944 1 ZA2
Erich Jagusch 4.2.1944 1 ZA3
Richard Jasker 4.22.1944 1 ZA4
Josef Wilhelm 7.19.1944 1 ZA5
Heinz Boehmer 8.6.1944 1 ZA6
Erwin Meyer 11.15.1944 1 ZA7
Gerd Petersen 11.24.1944 1 ZA8
Arthur Eicke 1.24.1945 1 ZA9
Ewald Christen 10.24.1945 1 ZA10
Wilhelm Boldt 9.11.1945 1 ZA11
Franz Muenich 5.5.1945 1 ZA12
Peter Schmaderer 2.13.1945 1 ZA13
Hubert Geisemann 11.23.1944 1 ZA14
Heinrich Hochbein 5.11.1944 1 ZA15
Hermann Weichel 4.23.1944 1 ZA16
Richard Wenninger 12.5.1943 1 ZA17
Karl Waldera 11.15.1944 1 ZA18
Friedrich Wilhelm Watter 5.19.1945 1 ZA19
Josef Unger 4.12.1945 1 ZA20
Johann Michlmayr 11.19.1945 2 ZA21
Otto Rossler 11.1.1944 2 ZA22
Walter Gohler 11.28.1943 2 ZA23
Josef Huntemann 7.27.1944 2 ZA24
Alois Kolodziezyk 9.28.1945 2 ZA25
Anton Fisher 7.30.1945 2 ZA26
Walter Wolf 5.24.1945 2 ZA27
Wilhelm Eberl 1.19.1946 2 ZA28
Eugen Bazer 2.26.1945 2 ZA29
Ueda Nisoke [Japanese] 1.24.1943 2 ZA30
Albin Sickel 3.22.1944 2 ZA31
Itsuo Inazaki [Japanese] 6.19.1942 2 ZA32
Walter Reese 7.15.1945 2 ZA33
Georg Forst [Nazi inscription - see above] 10.14.1943 2 ZA34
Karl Staudinger 11.30.1944 2 ZA35
Alfred P. Kafka [Nazi inscription - see above] 9.21.1943 2 ZA36
Paul Ernst 9.4.1943 2 ZA37
Franz Luksch 7.8.1944 2 ZA38
Walter Morunga 4.9.1945 2 ZA39
Arno Johischus 10.12.1944 2 ZA40
Otto Hartman 9.4.1945 3 ZA41
Franz Puff 6.20.1944 3 ZA42
Johann Hempen 4.11.1945 3 ZA43
Adalbert Ratei 6.24.1943 3 ZA44
Wilhelm Boeversen 12.29.1944 3 ZA45
Werner Stoltz 8.29.1943 3 ZA46
Bertran Neufeind 11.18.1943 3 ZA47
Christian Bardenhagen 11.27.1943 3 ZA48
Rudi Polduwe 5.25.1945 3 ZA49
Willi Weber 6.11.1944 3 ZA50
Emanuel Rosanka 11.30.1944 3 ZA51
Herbert Anhut 12.8.1943 3 ZA52
Guenther Wacholz 1.26.1944 3 ZA53
Helmut Hulvershorn 5.25.1944 3 ZA54
Alfred Albrecht 8.11.194? 3 ZA55
Hermann Plachueter 8.16.1945 3 ZA56
Hugo Krauss [see above] 12.23.1943 3 ZA57
Franz Zielinski 9.10.1945 3 ZA58
Wolfgang Homann 12.21.1944 3 ZA59
Franz Brettschneider 12.25.1943 3 ZA60
Willi Steep 9.4.1945 4 ZA61
Ivan Nizorcer 4.24.1945 4 ZA62
Josef Krenn 7.8.1945 4 ZA63
Helmutt Wolff 5.23.1946 4 ZA64
Georg Riehle 4.13.1945 4 ZA65
Karl Poetsch 4.11.1945 4 ZA66
Johann Reygers 5.20.1945 4 ZA67
Erich Bothe 2.11.1944 4 ZA68
Karl Riehs 3.10.1945 4 ZA69
August Saleyka 2.11.1944 4 ZA70
Alois Ruffing 1.8.1945 4 ZA71
Hans Lukowski 7.16.1944 4 ZA72
Josef Wintzen 4.7.1944 4 ZA73
Johann Wolfsgruber 5.31.1945 4 ZA74
Walter Spitzfaden 12.13.1943 4 ZA75
Johannes Bissinger 10.17.1943 4 ZA76
Peter Botschely 8.5.1945 4 ZA77
Kastner Egon 8.27.1945 4 ZA78
Kurt Bottge 9.1.1945 4 ZA79
Gerhard Armbrecht 10.2.1943 4 ZA80
Otto Kurchenhoff 9.8.1944 5 ZA81
Ernst Stief-Tauch 3.8.1944 5 ZA82
Paul Jung 4.24.1945 5 ZA83
Josef Poeschl 5.10.1945 5 ZA84
Friedrich Marsch 7.30.1945 5 ZA85
Erich E. Otto 1.24.1945 5 ZA86
Otto Brandenburg 1.25.1944 5 ZA87
Donato Zarva [Italian] 11.5.1945 5 ZA88
Giuseppe Slaviero [Italian] 12.11.1945 5 ZA89
Franz Berger 11.25.1944 5 ZA90
Werner Goetze 9.21.1945 5 ZA91
Martin Kakerbeck 4.13.1944 5 ZA92
Arthur Gossmann 6.18.1944 5 ZA93
Otto Arndt 3.22.1946 5 ZA94
Norbert Czerbak 7.8.1944 5 ZA95
Johann Langfritz 11.18.1943 5 ZA96
Otto Schultz 3.18.1946 5 ZA97
Alfred Davies 9.21.1945 5 ZA98
Kord Schulz 8.8.1943 5 ZA99
Wilhelm Nueckel 11.15.1944 5 ZA100
Willi Hofstetter 3.22.1945 6 ZA101
Richard Koehler 2.13.1946 6 ZA102
Jakob Schaeter 4.3.1945 6 ZA103
Latino Francolini [Italian] 9.5.1944 6 ZA104
Arnold Kapels 9.7.1945 6 ZA105
Christian Lemper 6.28.1945 6 ZA106
Walter Gemlich 9.17.1945 6 ZA107
Michele Pipetta [Italian] 5.1.1944 6 ZA108
Blank Space [no marker]   6 ZA109
Shigeo Soga [Japanese] 8.26.1945 6 ZA110
Max Koenig 7.19.1943 6 ZA111
Heinrich Dabs 9.21.1945 6 ZA112
Udo Hinz 12.9.1944 6 ZA113
Karl Fuchshuber 3.2.1945 6 ZA114
Gerhard Walkhoff 2.21.1945 6 ZA115
Karl Erler 6.27.1944 6 ZA116
Karl Opel 3.23.1946 6 ZA117
Aquilin Schlembach 6.2.1944 6 ZA118
Herbert Mueller 3.18.1946 6 ZA119
Walter Schmitt 9.19.1944 6 ZA120
Karl Wagner 12.28.1945 7 ZA121
Erwin Wunderlich 9.28.1945 7 ZA122
Kurt Kremer 1.7.1945 7 ZA123
Kurt Winkler 6.5.1944 7 ZA124
Georg Furthofer 8.21.1943 7 ZA125
Hans Frederich 9.22.1944 7 ZA126
Josef Frank 9.10.1945 7 ZA127
Heinrich Hemmer 12.13.1943 7 ZA128
Hans Geller 3.25.1944 7 ZA129
Edgar Oelrich 2.27.1945 7 ZA130
Karl Schoenhals 11.15.1944 7 ZA131
Max Schwesinger 1.28.1944 7 ZA132
Wilhelm Schlechter 3.25.1945 7 ZA133
Konrad Schmitt 8.19.1944 7 ZA134
Herbert Gamroth 3.18.1945 7 ZA135
August Stell 12.24.1945 7 ZA136
Karl Leistner 12.30.1945 7 ZA137
Erich Spenke 6.29.1945 7 ZA138
Kurt Rabenau 5.12.1945 7 ZA139
Leo Fader 2.2.1944 7 ZA140
Karl Muelbauer 9.9.1944 8 ZA141

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