Charles Hankins, Jr.

Jan. 2, 1925 - Aug. 5, 1968
Son of Charles Uel Hankins, Sr. & Annie (Pugh) Hankins

U. S. Army 9th Armored Divison

In Dec. 1943 he was inducted at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, then transferred
to the Field Artillery Training Center at Ft. Sill, Okla. for basic training.

In Feb. 1945, in a message to his father from the War Department, Mr. Charles Hankins, Sr.
was advised that his son was missing in action somewhere in Belgium.

Not long after the War Department message the family received a letter in Charles, Jr.'s own
handwriting from a German prison camp dated on Jan. 21st. advising them he was a prisoner of war.
In Dec. 17, 1945 he was discharged from service at Ft. Knox, Kentucky.

(Update-New Information)
Charles Hankins Junior was listed as Army-Infantry-Special Troops
Enlisted 10/19/1943 Evansville, In.
Captured by German Troops and held at Stalag 11 B Fallingbostel Prussia - Work Camps 53-09
Liberated April 16, 1945 at 9:00 o'clock in the morning by the British

If you have more information on this POW Camp, please contact me

Submitted by Peggy Gilkey - niece
To Contact Peggy Email

To be Continued ......

Top row American Campaign Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal,
Good Conduct Medal. Bottom row: World War II Victory Medal, Expert Rifleman's Badge,
Honorable Service "Ruptured Duck" Lapel Pin. On the end are Prisoner of War Medal and
European African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars.

Charles Hankins, Jr. is buried in Fairview Cemetery in northern Caldwell Co., Ky.