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djean




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This is a page I have actually been wanting to do for a long time. The combination of this Heritage Challenge and the beautiful kit, Life Story Collection from Shelly Marie http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio...e40e4bfda04365 have created just the right impetus to get me started. I want to add one comment before I quote the newspaper article. Before his death in 1995, my father completed nearly 30 years of active military duty, a large part of which was served in Germany in the years following the close of WWII. While there he learned to love the country and the people, regardless of his initial introduction to the area. My parents divorced shortly before we were scheduled to move to Germany to be with him, so I never had the opportunity to live there, but I do currently live in Holland and have visited Germany many times in the past few years. I also love the country and find the inhabitants imminently likable. That said, the caption under the picture reads:

HOME AGAIN---The three months he spent in German prisoner of war camps were far behind First Sgt. D.K. Williams Thursday when he was reunited with his wife, the former Miss Lillian Ellison, and year-old daughter Donna Jean, whom he hadn't seen since the child was six weeks old.


And the article reads:

To get fat on home cookin' and be with "his girls"---these were the two thoughts uppermost in the mind of 1st Sgt. D.K. Williams, liberated prisoner of war of Germany, as he sat Thursday watching his wife and young daughter and contemplating the 60-day leave in store for him.

Williams Wednesday night became the second of the group of three Fort Worth men liberated March 30 by American forces from a POW camp near Ziegenhain, Germany, to reach home.

The 3 1/2 day march from the place of his capture near Bad Orb and the eight day box car trip from there to the Ziegenhain camp were the things Williams wants to forget and can't. Men jammed in the car so that they couldn't sit down at the same time were fed once by the Germans during the trip, he said.

"We would have been in worse shape," Williams recalls, "if it hadn't been for the English prisoners who handed us some of their Red Cross packages as we passed through a British camp."

He vows to "eat and eat and do most everything." He lost 50 pounds during his three months' imprisonment, but good food and rest during recent weeks have gained most of it back for him.

Williams is a native of Lansing, Mich., where his mother lives. He went overseas last June and had just celebrated the third anniversary of his entry into the Army when he was captured December 18 in the Ardennes breakthrough. He was serving with the 110th Infantry Division of the 1st Army.

Mrs. Williams is the former Miss Lillian Ellison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Ellison, 908 W. Presidio. The couple and their year-old daughter, Donna Jean, will remain here for a few weeks before leaving for Lansing.
Date: Sat January 8, 2011 Views: 124
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Pauli

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Registered: January 2010
Location: The Netherlands
Posts: 758
Sat January 8, 2011 03:37

Great story to go with a great page!
I'm glad you get to see the other side of Germany as well. And a little bit jealous that you live in "my" Holland LOL. I hope to see more of your pages in the Point in Time Challenge as well.
Thanks for sharing.

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michellemarie

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Registered: June 2009
Location: Utah, USA
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Wed January 12, 2011 18:40

Wow!!! This is beautiful! What a great story and page for it. So cool!

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