Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Army 1
19 Jun 1922 2
Frankfurt am Main, Germany 2
21 Oct 1951 2
Denver, Colorado 2

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Karl H Timmermann 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
19 Jun 1922 2
Frankfurt am Main, Germany 2
Male 2
1922 1
Danzig Or Germany 1
21 Oct 1951 2
Denver, Colorado 2
Cause: Cancer 2
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
Place: Cuming County, Nebraska 1
Mother: Marie Franziska Weisbecker Timmermann 2
Father: Henry John Timmermann 2
LaVera Lorraine Meyer 2
25 May 1943 2
Judge John W. Bannen's house Omaha, Nebraska 2
Spouse Death Date: 14 Mar 2002 2

World War II 1

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
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
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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.

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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