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IRON MOUNTAIN– The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center recognized former POWs at a POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony. The veterans served in either World War II or Korea.
“It’s very important for us as citizens to recognize those that have sacrificed more than others,” said Brad Nelson, Public Affairs Officer, Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center. “In fact our former POWs, more than anybody else that has served in the military knows what the price of freedom really means because they lost their freedom.”
John Moddie of Quinnesec is one of the men recognized today. He was captured during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944 and stood in front of machine guns at a German POW camp which were never fired at him.
“The living conditions weren’t very good,” said Moddie. “There was big lice not like little fleas on a dog or cat but big lice. You could see them from 15 feet away. We didn’t get much to eat a lot of prisoners died there. We slept on the floor. No heat in the building.”
All gave some and some gave all, today’s recognition also remembered those Missing In Action.
“For those that didn’t come home and for those families that still live with the uncertainty decades later in fact in many cases,” said Nelson.