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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
1918 1
Utah 1
Death:
26 Jun 1945 2
FRA 2
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Person:
Dewey A Topham 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1918 1
Utah 1
Death:
26 Jun 1945 2
FRA 2
Cause: Malnutrition and pneunomia after being a Germany POW for 118 days 2
Burial:
Burial Date: 05 May 1948 3
Burial Place: Parahonah Cemetery 3
Residence:
Place: Iron County, Utah 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
14 Jan 1942 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
39680984 1
Enlistment Place:
Salt Lake City Utah 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Occupation:
Farm hands, general farms 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Employment:
Employer: US Army 2
Position: Corporal 2
Place: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA 2
Start Date: 13 Jan 1942 2
End Date: 24 Jun 1945 2
Source Information:
Box Number: 1460 1
Film Reel Number: 7.31 1

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Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA

38 days after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor Dewey enlisted in the US Army on 13 Jan 1942 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Assigned to an Army Infantry unit in Belgium in Dec 1944 he is reported Missing In Action on 17 Dec 1944.

He was captured and held as a Prisoner Of War for 118 days until he was liberated by US forces in Germany on 13 Apr 1945.

Suffering from malnutrition and pneumonia he was transferred to a hospital in France where he died after 7 weeks from his illness on 24 Jun 1945.  He was buried in France for 1,011 days until he was returned to his family in Utah for re-burial on 30 Mar 1948.

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