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    Never forget: World War II airman, POW, shares story of resiliency [Image 1 of 2]

    Never forget: World War II airman, POW, shares story of resiliency

    JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SC, UNITED STATES

    09.11.2012

    Photo by Airman 1st Class Tom Brading 

    Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Office

    Jim Gatch, 89-year-old Army Air Corps veteran and World War II prisoner-of-war, reflects on his POW experience by looking at his military decorations, including the Purple Heart, for a photograph Sept. 10, 2012, at his home in Summerville, S.C. On May 12, 1944, while assigned to the 379th Bomb Group, Gatch was a base gunner on a B-17 aircraft that was shot down by the Germans. He was captured y the enemy and remained a POW for 358 days. The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to service members wounded or killed while serving on or after April 5, 1917. On Sept. 21, Gatch will be in attendance with other surviving Lowcountry POWs in observance of the National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

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    Date Taken: 09.11.2012
    Date Posted: 09.20.2012 09:24
    Photo ID: 668751
    VIRIN: 120911-F-NK398-136
    Resolution: 4023x2634
    Size: 2.4 MB
    Location: JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SC, US 

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