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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
19 Jun 1922 2
Frankfurt am Main, Germany 2
Death:
21 Oct 1951 2
Denver, Colorado 2
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Person:
Karl H Timmermann 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
19 Jun 1922 2
Frankfurt am Main, Germany 2
Male 2
Birth:
1922 1
Danzig Or Germany 1
Death:
21 Oct 1951 2
Denver, Colorado 2
Cause: Cancer 2
Burial:
Burial Place: Fort Logan National Cemetery 2
Physical Description:
Height: 6' 01'' 2
Weight/Build: 210 2
Eye Color: hazel 2
Hair Color: dark blonde 2
Residence:
Place: Cuming County, Nebraska 1
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Birth:
Mother: Marie Franziska Weisbecker Timmermann 2
Father: Henry John Timmermann 2
Marriage:
LaVera Lorraine Meyer 2
25 May 1943 2
Judge John W. Bannen's house Omaha, Nebraska 2
Spouse Death Date: 14 Mar 2002 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
06 Jul 1940 1
Army Branch:
Infantry 1
Army Component:
Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
17004011 1
Enlistment Place:
Ft Crook Nebraska 1
Enlistment Term:
Three year enlistment 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Religion:
Catholic 2
Race or Ethnicity:
German 2
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0238 1
Film Reel Number: 2.95 1

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"The Wonder of Remagen"

Remagen, Germany

9th Armored Division

On March 7th, 1945, a small advance party of the 9th US Tank Division, under the command of German-born lieutenant Karl H. Timmermann, successfully captured the bridge after two unsuccessful demolition attempts by the Germans.
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The capture is known in WW-II history as "The wonder of Remagen". General Eisenhower proclaimed that "the bridge is worth its weight in gold".

During the following days the German Army Central Command desperately tried to destroy the bridge with multiple bomb raids and SEAL attacks.

Hitler, blind with rage, ordered a special court-martial, which sentenced five officers to death. Four of those Hitler had shot in the close-by "Westerwald". On March 17, 1945, the severely damaged bridge collapsed and took 28 American soldiers down with it.


U.S. Army Awarded on: 1945 Action: By direction of the President, under the provisions of Army Regulations 600-45, 22 September 1943, as amended, the Distinguished Service Cross is Awarded by the Army Commander to Karl H. Timmermann (01311343), Second Lieutenant, Infantry, 27th Armored Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Division, United States Army. For extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 7 March 1945, in Germany.
 

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Commander of Company A, 27th Armored Infantry Battalion, Combat B, 9th Armored Division. Captured the Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen, Germany 7 March 1945.

Awards
Good Conduct Medal 6 July 1940 to 15 February 1943, Bronze Star Medal 17 December 1944, Combat Infantryman Badge 17 December 1944, Purple Heart 22 December 1944 wounded in Belgium, Distinguished Service Cross 7 March 1945, Gold Star Lapel Button 6 November 1951

Biography
Born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on 19 June 1922, to German WWI war bride Maria Franciska (Weisbecker) and Johann Heinrich Timmermann. Timmermann came to the U.S. with both parents in 1924. Timmermann graduated from Guardian Angel High School, West Point, Nebraska, 1940.
Timmermann enlisted in Regular Army 6 July 1940, received basic training with Company "D", 17th Infantry; attended Officer Candidate School Fort Benning Georgia from 18 November 1942 to 16 February 1943, and appointed second lieutenant, Infantry, AUS on 16 February 1943. Assigned to the 9th Armored Division, 52d Armored Infantry Regiment as platoon leader and platoon officer until 13 October 1945. Promoted to 1st lieutenant, AUS, on 16 April 1945, and relieved from extended active duty on 12 December 1945. Enlisted in grade of Technical Sergeant in Regular Army on 28 October 1947, and served on recruiting duty from date of enlistment to 5 August 1948, on which date he was assigned to the 5258 ASU, Nebraska State Senior Instructor, OR.
Timmermann had 14 months overseas service with 8 months in combat zone.
Army Serial Number- 0-1311343
European Theater
Fluent in English and German

ENLISTED Regular Army 6 July 1940

Private- July 1940 - January 1941 Gunner, 30 Cal HMG Squad
PFC- January 1941 - September 1941 Gunner 30 Cal HMG Squad
PFC- Sept 1941 - Oct 1941 Squad Leader 30 Cal HMG Squad
CPL- Oct 1941 - April 1941 Squad Leader 30 Cal HMG Squad
SGT- April 1942 - Sept 1942 Section Leader 30 Cal HMG Section
SGT- Sept 1942 - Nov 1942 Platoon Sergeant 30 Cal HMG Platoon
SGT- Nov 1942 - Feb 1943 Infantry O.C.S. Ft Benning, Georgia
2nd LT- Feb 1943 - April 1945 Platoon Leader & Company Commander
1st LT- April 1945 - May 1945 Platoon Leader
1st LT- May 1945 - August 1945 Military Government Bayreuth, Germany
1st LT- August 1945 - December 1945 Platoon Leader
T/SGT- October 1947 - December 1947 Recruiting Service

Member of Company A (Able), 27 Armored Infantry Battalion, Combat Command B, 9th Armored Division from February 1943 to October 1945. 

 

 

 

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