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Herman Max Munn

1LT in 23rd Headquarters Co


Born 1914 in NY, Died 1000


County of residence at enlistment: Bronx County, NY
Other residence(s): Queens, NY; Fort Myers, FL; Winter Haven, FL
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: photographers
Notes: Birth name Herman Munczinski; rank from US Veterans' Gravesites
Source: Roster of 23d HQ officers, from family of Oscar Seale

Herman Munczinski was born on January 26, 1914 in Brooklyn, NY. He was the third of four sons in the household; his father, German-born, worked as a knitter in a garment factory (and later as a machine painter) and his mother was from Bohemia.

He made the honor roll at Richmond Hill High School but only completed three years there. He registered for the draft on October 16, 1940 under the name Herman Munn; at that time, he was working at Superior Photo Service and living in the Bronx. His enlistment record carried the date of July 28, 1941, and his profession was listed as photographer. His VA death record gives an enlistment date of April 13, 1943; a possible explanation is that he became an officer during the intervening years. He was eventually assigned as an officer to the 23rd Headquarters Company and served in Europe with the unit. He was discharged on December 13, 1945 with the rank of 1LT.

Herman married Anna Neiser on April 19, 1943; they would go on to have five children: Frank, John, Barbara, Carol, and Janet.

Herman worked as a self-employed professional photographer throughout his career, but little else is known of his life or work. He and Anna retired to Florida where they lived first in Fort Myers and later in Winter Haven. He died on June 2, 1999 and was later memorialized with a stone at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.


1920 census (listed under birth name Munczinski)

1920 Episcopal Baptismal record

1930 census (listed under birth name Munczinski)

1930 article in the Times Union (Brooklyn NY) re his making the HS honor roll

1940 draft card

1941 enlistment record

1943 marriage license

1999 Social Security applications and claims index

1999 VA death record

1999 US Veterans' Gravesites

1999 Find a Grave record

1999 obituary in the The Ledger (Lakeland FL)

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