Name: Sargent Harold R. LUSK
Birth: 19 MAY 1923 in Manhattan, Riley Co., Kansas
Death: 5 FEB 2013 in Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas
Burial: Alpine cemetery, Olivet, Osage Co., Kansas
Cremation: 2013 Kansas
World War II Veteran--Army Air Corps, German POW
Staff Sgt.Lusk was on his 13th mission on May 8, 1943, as the tail gunner of a B-17 when enemy flak heavily damaged the bomber, and a German fighter finished it off. Lusk was liberated from the POW camp at Moosburg, Germany, on April 29, 1945, when an American tank rolled over the camp fence. Besides Americans, Moosburg had 111,000 prisoners, including Russians, Indians, Australians, South Africans, Asians and South Americans.
From an article Posted: Sunday, July 04, 2004
By By Steve Fry
On May 8, 1943, Staff Sgt. Lusk was on his 13th mission as the tail gunner of a B-17 in the Army Air Corps when flak heavily damaged his bomber, and a German fighter polished it off. Lusk, who suffered shrapnel wounds in the nose and right jaw, was among five survivors in a crew of 10. The bomber was shot down near Lingen, Germany, close to the Dutch border. At a POW camp at Gross Tychow, Germany, guards would leave the camp on cold nights, and German shepherds were released into the camp at night while POWs were confined to their barracks, Lusk said. A POW would open a hinged window, then growl like a dog to attract a shepherd to his hut. When the dog got up on its hind legs, a prisoner would club it, and the dog would be dragged inside, skinned, cleaned and eaten raw, Lusk said. "Pretty good eating," Lusk said.In the morning, POWs disposed of the fur and other dog parts in the slit trench latrines. Guards "couldn't figure out what was happening to the dogs," Lusk said. Occasionally, a horse killed in an Allied air raid would be brought to the POW camp so prisoners could eat it. During his two-year imprisonment, Lusk's weight dropped from 175 to 118 pounds.Lusk arrived at Stalag VII A, a POW camp near Moosburg in southern Germany, following an 86-day forced march.
OSAGE CITY Harold R. Lusk, 89, of Osage City, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the V.A. Hospital in Topeka. He was born May 19, 1923 in Manhattan, Kansas, the son of James Corwin and Beatrice (Booth) Lusk, where they attended college. He went to Osage City High School and graduated from Olivet High School. He had served in the United States Air Force as a tail gunner on a B-17 and was a P.O.W. for 13 months in Germany. Later he was a crew member on B-29 s and RB-36 s. He was married to Ann Woodbury on February 11, 1951 at Woodbury Farms, Olivet, Kansas, (now under the Melvern dam). He was a partner of Woodbury-Lusk Motors, Osage County Sheriff, and retired as Chief of Law Enforcement for the Kansas Fish and Game. He was President of the Kansas Sheriff s Association, President of Midwest Fish and Game Law Enforcement Association, Chairman and founding member of the Capital Area Major Case Squad. He was a member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Osage City. Past President of the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, member of the American Legion, the Eagles, American Ex-Prisoners of War, the Osage City Council and the Osage County School Consolidation Board. Harold is survived by his wife, Ann; a daughter, Luree Ann (Terry Anderson) Lusk of Wichita; a son, James (Nancy) Lusk of Overland Park; four grandchildren, Thomas Lusk of K-State, Nathan (Lauren) Lusk of Osage City, Rachel Lusk of Baker University, and David Anderson Lusk of Wichita. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and three sisters. Memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 8, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church in Osage City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Osage City Tree Board and sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth, Osage City, Kansas 66523.
Published in Topeka Capital-Journal from February 6 to February 8, 2013
Father: James Corwin LUSK b: 22 MAY 1893 in Olivet, Osage Co., Kansas
Mother: Beatrice Alta BOOTH b: 12 JUL 1901 in Arvonia twp., Osage Co., Kansas
Ann Grace WOODBURY b: 1929 in Olivet, Osage Co., Kansas
11 FEB 1951
in Woodbury Farm, Olivet, Osage Co., Kansas
- Luree Ann LUSK
- James LUSK