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Hurtis "Jack" Lowell Enlow papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 02-98.0552

Scope and Contents

The Hurtis "Jack" Lowell Enlow papers consist of a diary and various documents relating to his service as an ambulance driver for the 482nd Medical Collection Company. Sergeant Enlow's diary illustrates what life was like as an ambulance driver during the war. He describes in detail the casualties he witnessed, fighting during the Battle of the Bulge, traveling through Europe, basic training, prisoners of war, and the Buchenwald concentration camp. While some descriptions are graphic, they depict the true nature of the war. His documents include photographs taken at Buchenwald, basic training notice, a German train ticket, German advertisement, one Victory Mail letter, post-war customs declarations, Czechoslovakian prayer card, military immunization records, general orders guidelines, letter from a chaplain, post-war mail, road movements map, and smaller certificates.


  • Created: 1943-1952
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1943-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/17/1998


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical or Historical Information

Sergeant Hurtis “Jack” Lowell Enlow was born on November 28, 1909, and grew up in Madison, Indiana. He married Olive Enlow and enlisted into the United States Army in early 1943. Sergeant Enlow completed basic training in Boston, Massachusetts at Camp Miles. He arrived in Europe on the USS West Point in late 1944. Sergeant Enlow arrived in Belgium where he began his duties as an ambulance driver in the 482nd Medical Collection Company. He participated in Battle of the Bulge and along the Siegfried Line. After Battle of the Bulge, he went to France, Germany, and Czechoslovakia. In Germany, he visited the Buchenwald concentration and Linberg prison camp. He aided numerous divisions throughout the war, including but not limited to the 9th Armored Division and the 106th Infantry Division. After the war Sergeant Enlow returned to his wife in Indiana. On June 21, 1975, Jack Enlow passed away at the age of 65.


1.00 folders

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Source of Acquisition

Olive Enlow

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

Entered 09/21/2017

Hurtis "Jack" Lowell Enlow papers
Julianna Witt
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository