Former POW shares story of service with younger generations

Local Army Air Corps veteran Wilbur Rowden spent 13 months as a German prisoner of war during World War II.

Local Army Air Corps veteran Wilbur Rowden spent 13 months as a German prisoner of war during World War II.

With keen insight and enviable memory, local veteran Wilburn Rowden seamlessly recalls hardships over six decades past, which helped strengthen a love and devotion of his country.

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As a young man growing up during the early ’40s, Rowden knew military service was an inevitability.

After graduating from Vienna High School in 1941, he began working as a civilian at Fort Leonard Wood and the Vichy Memorial Airport.

However, an event soon unfolded that forever changed the direction of his life.

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