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Peace and freedom

On May 8, 1945, I was in Camp Lucky Strike in France enjoying my second day of freedom after being liberated as a POW. Four thousand three hundred of us had marched 190 miles as POWs under severe conditions and lack of food. Being free and the joy of this freedom exceeded the excitement of the war in Europe being over, although it was a great relief to know the war had ended in Europe. I will be forever grateful to the United States Army for the way they handled probably 80,000 men who were POWs in such an efficient way and in such large numbers. They set up a special diet, furnished all new clothing and made us feel welcome. These are among the highlights of my memories in my life.

Mark Osweiler



Lake of the Pines


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