CLEVE, Carl R.
CORBIN, Ricard S.
HUGGINS, Harold H.
LEWIS, Wilbur C.
Harold E. (Pete)
PHLEGER, John V.
Mr. Buckmeyer was a
Special agent attached to the 13th
He assisted with military operations immediately after the liberation of
Dachau, and followed a LIFE MAGAZINE photographer around the camp as he recorded
the devastation. He graphically
recalls seeing 17 boxcars filled with bodies and the crematorium that stretched
for half of a block. He saw a room
full of pots which were each full of the ashes of those who had been cremated. He has not forgotten the stench from the burning bodies which
hung in the air all around the camp. The
barracks were crammed with
prisoners. All were starved, most
were in shock. He helped get them
out into the fresh air and gave particular aid to a young Jewish boy who was
badly hurt. Mr. Buckmeyer, your
compassionate efforts will always be remembered.
Read more from Mr.
Buckmeyer's eyewitness account:
Learn more about the liberation of Dachau.