Ex-POWs In Battle Against Time Try To Tell Stories

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Dayton, Ohio (AP) -- Museums are seeing an increase in donations and oral histories from former U.S. Prisoners of War eager to leave their legacies.

But officials still worry that too many POWs approaching their late 80s and 90s will go to their graves without publicly telling their stories.

Mike Jackson is the founder of the American Veterans Institute, based in Tipp City in western Ohio.

He says POWs offer a different perspective on the history of war and when they die out, a whole era of history goes away.

Bob Patrick, director of the Library of Congress Veterans history project, says many aging POWs are just getting around to sharing their experiences.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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