POWs from WWII to be guests at day of recognition

first_imgTwo Vancouver veterans who were captured by German soldiers during World War II will be special guests at Saturday’s local observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day.U.S. Army veterans Dale Bowlin and Gene Liggett will be on hand. Bowlin was taken prisoner on Feb. 21, 1945. Later that day, while in German custody, he was hit by artillery from his own unit and almost bled to death. He lost his left leg while in a German hospital. He was freed by a French army unit on April 23, 1945.Liggett, a forward artillery observer, was captured by the Germans in September 1944. Liggett and four other soldiers escaped and reached American troops on May 6, 1945.The program begins at 11 a.m. at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 15005 N.E. 65th St., near Fourth Plain Boulevard and Ward Road in Orchards.In the center’s assembly hall, the two veterans will display some mementos they brought back from the war in Europe. Bowlin’s keepsakes include a New Testament his parents gave him before he went to war. It was small enough to fit into a soldier’s breast pocket — and with a steel cover, the hope was that it could stop a bullet.last_img read more

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