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War: World War II|
Branch: U.S. Army
Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
Birth Year: August 16, 1924
Place of Birth: Norway, Michigan
Citations/Medals: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal, American Campaign Medal, Eiropean, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medals, w/Bronze Star, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantry Medal, Good Conduct Medal
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|(Newspaper Article from January 3, 1945): Roy Irving Albert, 20, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Albert, 312 Saginaw, has been missing in action in Germany since December 12, his parents were told in a telegram from the War Department received yesterday noon. Overseas since September, he served as a gunner in an Infantry Division believed to be attached to the Third Army.|
His parents know that he parcipated in at least three battles prior to the one in which he was reported missing. In his last letter, dated Dec. 3, he wrote that he was living in a cellar in France, waiting to be sent out again.
A graduate of Norway High, Albert was a pre-med student at the University of Michigan when he was inducted March 15, 1943. He received his basic training as a rifleman in the Infantry at Camp Roberts, California, following which, as the result of an aptitude test, he was selected to attend the University of New York as an engineering student in the ASTP program.
During his training period in the states, Albert tried to get into the Air Corps. With this in mind, he dropped his studies as an ASTP student. After serving in various camps, he was notified last summer that his transfer into the Air Corps was approved. A month after he arrived at the Balden Air Base in Mississippi for his Air Corps training, the Aviation Cadets were discontinued, and he was sent back to the Infantry. He was last home on furlough in June.
Albert's parents were notified in a letter written May 9, 1945 that he had been liberated and was safe in Germany.