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PFC Otho L. Looney, Company K, 60th Infantry
Hi. My name is Mike Ratcliffe and I have begun researching the WWII service of my grandfather-in-law. His name was PFC Otho L. Looney Sr. of Montvale, Va. (Otho was sometimes spelled Otha). He was a rifleman assigned to the 60th’s Company “K.” He would have been 38 when he saw combat as a replacement in the Huertgen Forest. At the time he and his wife, Laura, had six kids. Three more children, including my father-in-law, were born after the war. Otho was inducted into the Army at the reception center in New Cumberland, Pa., then he did his infantry training at Fort Wheeler in Georgia. We don’t know exactly when he joined up with the 60th, but from paperwork we found in a dusty old box tucked away at the back of a closet in my father-in-law’s house, we know he shipped out from New York on Sept. 11, 1944. He was wounded and captured by the Germans in or around Herhahn, Germany, on Feb. 3, 1945. He was a POW at Stalag XI-B until the camp was liberated by the British that April. Shortly before his discharge from the Army in September 1945, he was promoted to Corporal. He died in 1969, before my wife was born, so she never knew her grandfather. The discovery of the paperwork and Otho’s purple heart has sparked this quest to learn more about the role he played in the war. My hope/goal is that one day I can tell my own son (who is only 3-years-old right now) about his great grandfather. We are looking for anyone who knew Otho or who served in Company K. Any information (such as veterans’ stories, After Action Reports, Morning Reports, etc) about what the 60th did between September 1944 and February 1945 when Otho was captured would be much appreciated. Thank you so much!
-- Mike Ratcliffe