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James Lockett papers

 Collection — Box: Single Folder Collections - 2000 Box, Folder: 00.0889-Folder 1
Identifier: 02-00.0889

Scope and Contents

James William Lockett served in the U.S. Army 28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, 1st Army, in the European (ETO), North African, and Mediterranean Theaters. Colonel Lockett was a 1928 West Point graduate. The collection includes a ten-page manuscript entitled "The March," which is about Lockett's serving with the Army in the European Theater and being a POW. Lockett was made to march by German guards with approaching Russians in January 1945. He discusses his encounters with the guards and the people along "the March." In March 1945, US artillery takes the Serbian compound where they were and freed them. Also, he describes the subsequent days to get out of danger, and he is eventually sent to Paris to speak with the press. In the manuscript, there are references to General Patton's son-in-law whose presence in the camp was a motivator for forming escape plans.


  • Created: 1943-1945
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1944
  • Other: Date acquired: 12/08/2000


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Biographical or Historical Information

Lockett served in North Africa, Sicily, and during the invasion of Normandy as a commander of the Army's 28th Infantry Regiment with Bradley's 1st Army. He was captured outside the city of Aachen, Germany, in the winter of 1944 and sent to a POW camp, Oflag No. 64, in Shubin, Poland. Included in the collection are six cartoon postcards from Africa (1943), newspaper clippings, a transcript of a memoir with an epilogue and prologue by Colonel Lockett's son, a 1928 West Point graduate listing, and a photograph of POWs after escaping the POW camp.


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James Lockett

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James Lockett papers
Craig Whittington
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