American POWs share unique bond forged from captivity

Air Force veteran John Clark, center, visits with attendees at a recent meeting of the Central Missouri Chapter of Ex-American Prisoners of War.

Air Force veteran John Clark, center, visits with attendees at a recent meeting of the Central Missouri Chapter of Ex-American Prisoners of War.

Individuals with a common interest often come together and form groups for the purposes of camaraderie or the sharing of information. But one local group has formed a unique bond that was forged while its members were held captive as American prisoners of war (POWs).

During a recent meeting of the Central Missouri Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, former POWs and their families gathered in Columbia to share both a meal and stories of sacrifice.

“My husband was held by Germans for eight months during World War II,” said Doris Duckworth, the chapter’s secretary and treasurer.

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Former POWs and their families can acquire information on eligibility for the Central Missouri Chapter of Ex-American Prisoners of War by contacting Commander Ralph Kalberloh at 573-619-4977.

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