I am trying to locate any surviving members of the 8717 Labor Services.
It was a unit, under the command of the US Army, in the American Sector of Germany, after WW2.
It was made up, mostly by Latvian men. They basically traveled from one Displaced Person Camp, to another. Fixing the roads, building buildings, moving people around with army vehicles.
My father, Martins Brants, was a member of this unit.
I knew for a long time that he had been involved in a unit such as this, but until about 2 weeks ago, I did not know what its number or name was.
I recently contacted a friend, who put me in touch with a gentleman who served in this unit, with my dad.
I would like to see if there are any other, surviving members that I might be able to ask some questions to.
What they did? What Germany was like after the war? If any of them remember my father, that would be icing on the cake.
My dad was older, in his mid 30’s, at the time. He passed away in 1983.
I know many of the members where probably younger then he was, so I believe I may be able to still locate some of them.
I began researching my families history last summer and have made great head way. It has been challenging at times, but always fun.
My fathers youth has been the hardest to trace. All his brothers and sisters are gone. I am trying to track down any other living relatives but that is moving along slowly.
Any help in this would be greatly appreciated…I have tried to “Google” the 8717 Labor Force, but I don’t seem to get any viable matches.
Anyone with any information, willing to share that information, please feel free to contact me.