WW II POW

Each day 1,200 World War II veterans die. They are what some call American's greatest generation. Holmes County held a special day to honor a member of that group.

Jackie Newton now sells lilies from his farm in Holmes County, but he went through as a POW in a German prison 60 years ago was no bed of roses.

Jackie says, "All I remember was that it was a cold winter. That's one thing that I remember about it."

For six months Newton had to face starvation, a barrage of American artillery attacks and frigid temperatures until Moosburg, Germany was liberated by Gen. Patton on April 28, 1945. He says until that day came, he was just trying to survive.

"What we got to eat was made out of 30 percent saw dust and wheat.

As a member of the U.S. Army he was captured in France along with his company commander.

"My company commander was with me and he ordered me to throw down my rifle, and that's what I did. I told him later that I felt bad about it. He said don't feel bad about it. I gave you orders."

Newton says back then being a POW was something that was frowned upon.

"What we were thought of, well as POWs, because we weren't suppose to surrender, their way of feeling. We were to obey orders, and that's what I did.”

Newton joined the Army in 1943. He'll celebrate his 83rd birthday in August.


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