I am writing to thank you for letting me know about Small. Last I heard was that he was buried in Moosebeir, Germany.
Of course the Army is good about in getting bodies back to families.
Small virtually saved my life. He was designated by the Germans to decide who was to ride on the train or walk, him being the ranking noncom.
He knew that my feet had been frozen not too long before we were POW's. I did not get any feeling in my feet for a week, so they sent me to the General Hospital in Bari, Italy.
The temperature the day they were frozen, according to the bombardier was 50 degrees below zero.
A lot of men died on that 500 mile walk in Feb, with all the snow and ice. Small died of pneumonia. The train ride had a lot of casualties. Several died from dehydration and diarrhea.