Hello, my name is Monica, I am Puertorrican and I have quite an interesting story for you. My great-grandmother’s brother,Hector Colon, fought in Germany on the side of the Allies during WW II and was wounded while in Germany. There, a German woman named Clair found and aided him. She hid him for a while. How long? I don’t have that information yet but they fell in love and had a boy, also named Hector.
He was declared dead at first by the military. Details are kinda fuzzy but what we know is that he later appeared in a hospital in Africa, where he later decides to reenlist in the military. This would have occurred in between 1944-1945. Further on he returns to Germany to see Clair.
*AM NOT SURE OF CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF EVENTS
He then returned to Puerto Rico and decided to go study in the Dominican Republic. Then he received a scholarship to study in Houston, Texas, where he graduated as a dental surgeon. Upon graduating, he returned to Puerto Rico. He would eventually settle in the Dominican Republic.
All along, he kept contact with the woman and the boy, sending money to help them out. This continued for a couple of years as he tried to take them out of Germany so he could reunite with them. They might have lived in East Germany for a while but I am not 100% sure of that. The woman, Clair, later wrote to Hector that she was marrying an American man and that she would be changing her last name. We are not sure if she changed the boy’s last name too.
In addition, Hector Colon Sr. married another woman who forbid him to continue communicating with his son. My family assumes that the connection was severed when the boy was around 13-14 yrs old.
Here’s what we’ve been able to find out throughout pictures and stories from my grandmother and other relatives:
- The woman’s name was Clair.
- Do not know woman’s last name.
- The boy was born in 1945-1946 (not completely sure) in around May, June, or July and would be in his 60s or 70s today.
- He was birth was probably kept secret, as his father was an allied soldier and hispanic.
- Last name was changed
- Might have moved to the US.
- Lived in East Germany?
- Might have lived in Hostrup, Germany and Mannheim, Germany.
On his death bed, Hector Colon Sr. called out for his son, whom he was never able to meet again. He had no other children but Hector Jr. My great-grandmother, Hector Colon Sr’s sister and Hector jr’s aunt, is still alive today and is about to turn a hundred in a couple of months.
Please, give me any tips on how I might find this man or if you might know/knew him. I think this is a very fascinating story. If I were to find him, Hector might get to meet his father’s family plus, my grandmother would get to meet the only cousin she has left and my great-grandmother her nephew.
Is he alive or dead? We’re not thinking about that. We predominantly just want to know what happened to them after the communication stopped. Did he ever try searching for his dad? Did he attempt to visit Puerto Rico? Did everything turn out okay for them? My family is curious.
Above I have included pictures of Hector Colon Sr in his uniform (1945), Clair with a baby Hector Colon Jr (no date), and Hector Jr in a cowboy costume ( 1951-1954?) with one of the notes.
Feel free to message me. Thank you so much for taking your time to either read or help out!