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Former POW shares experience, speaks about patriotism

Army Sgt. Edward DeMent shares his story of spending 392 days as a prisoner of war before being liberated by Army Gen. George S. Patton, April 29, 1945. A B-24 gunner during World War II, DeMent spoke at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany’s annual Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Breakfast in the Town and Country Restaurant’s Grand Ballroom, Sept. 18.



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This work, Former POW shares experience, speaks about patriotism [Image 1 of 3], by Nathan Hanks, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:09.18.2012

Date Posted:09.27.2012 13:48

Photo ID:672996

VIRIN:120918-M-UF252-004

Resolution:1948x2100

Size:2.41 MB

Location:ALBANY, GA, USGlobe

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