I received a phone call recently from Betty Decates, the widow of John Decates, of Port Charlotte. She wanted to know if I could write a little something about her husband who died in December (2003).
Source: At 16 John Decates joined the Dutch Underground during WW II – Captured by the Germans, he was to be shot | War Tales
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Nice to hear more stories of brave Dutch resistance fighters. They make a good counterpoint to the tens of thousands of men who happily joined up to fight with the Germans in the Waffen SS.
Total: 50,000 to 55,000
SS Freiwilligen Legion Niederlande (1941): 2,559
SS Volunteer Grenadier-Brigade Landstorm Nederland
23rd SS Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division Nederland
4th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Brigade Nederland
34th SS Volunteer Grenadier Division Landstorm Nederland
Best wishes, Pete.
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