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In May 1942, National Guardsman William “Bill” Clayton Overmier was captured and sent to a Japanese prisoner of war camp. For the next three years, Overmier remained at the camp until its liberation by American troops.
This week’s America250 salute is Army Veteran James N. Rowe, a POW who escaped captivity in Vietnam and helped develop SERE tactics.
Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Wreford Goss Chapple, who served as a naval submariner throughout World War II and fought in defense of the Philippines.
Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Ernest Boyd Hunter Jr., who served in the 78th Infantry Division (“Lightning Division”) during World War II and was a prisoner of war.
Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is U.S. Army Air Forces Veteran Charles J. Loring Jr., who served as a fighter pilot during World War II and the Korean War.
Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Jimmie Kanaya. Kanaya served as a medic during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Emil Joseph Kapaun served in WWII and the Korean War as an Army Captain and Catholic priest. During the Korean War, he was captured and died as a prisoner of war.
Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Veteran Vermont Garrison. Garrison served as an aviator during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Ruby Bradley, a nurse captured as a prisoner of war in the Philippines during World War II.
Navy Veteran Robert Shumaker served during the Vietnam War. He was captured by North Vietnamese forces and held as a prisoner of war for eight years.
Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Joseph Charles Plumb Jr., who served as a pilot during Vietnam and was captured as a POW.
Gulf Coast VA honors Dayton Shell, held as a POW after his unit was forced to surrender to German forces in France in 1944.
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Last updated October 1, 2022
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