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Prisoners of war break their silence

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LT. Colonel Crawford Hicks was all smiles, after sharing his story, at MCLB's 25th Annual POW MIA Recognition Day. He had Marines sitting on the edge of their chairs.

"It wasn't bad at all, the worst part about it, was the hunger," he said.  Hicks was a World War 2, B-17 pilot, when his plane was shot down, over enemy territory.

He spent 11 months in a German POW camp before being released. "It helped my since of values more than any one thing," said Hicks. 

Retired Airmen Lee James was also a prisoner of war. He was held captive by German forces.  "We were just about 2,000 miles in the air ,when I bailed out," said Retired 2nd Lieutenant James. 

But the date of James capture, was Sept 11, 1945. Fast forward 66 years, and the worst disaster on American soil happened. The twin towers were hit by planes.

"My parachuting in Germany, and the towers being hit, there's no comparison to that," said James. 

Prisoner's no more, their tales of bondage, are being used to inspire, the next generation of freedom fighters.

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