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Local veteran shares experience as a prisoner of war during World War II

Local veteran shares experience as a prisoner of war during World War II

January 16th, 2012 by Jeremy Amick in News

Local veteran Ralph Kalberloh, a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Forces, was held in a German prison camp during World War II.

With a sense of duty and patriotism signifying the character of those coming of age during World War II, local resident Ralph Kalberloh was honored to answer the call to service during a time of war.

And in spite of circumstances which later found him detained in an enemy prison camp, Kalberloh asserts his experiences have given him a unique perspective on the true costs of freedom.

"During the (Second World War), I probably could have gotten a farm deferment, but at that time no one wanted to avoid the war," said Kalberloh.

Growing up on a farm near Hardin, Kalberloh left high school after his junior year to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Forces - much to the disappointment of his mother.

The veteran said, "I knew I would be drafted ... and I thought it would be better to fly than to walk and sleep in a foxhole."