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German prisoners attend services for 16 comrades

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dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-27T14:23:51Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-27T14:23:51Z
dc.date.issued 1945-11-03
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.willardlibrary.org/xmlui/handle/123456789/1000000606
dc.description German prisoners at Fort Custer base camp attend services on Nov. 3, 1945, for 16 comrades killed in a train-truck accident near Blissfield three days prior. The prisoners were being returned from a work detail in a sugar beet field when the their truck was struck by a passenger train. An American soldier on guard duty also was killed. Eight other prisoners and the truck driver were seriously injured. The Enquirer and News reported that the "Military funerals, including an honor guard of nine American soldiers, were held in accordance with the rules of the Geneva convention. Caskets were draped with the red, white and black flag of the German republic and prisoners served as pall bearers. Seven German flags were flown here from Philadelphia to provide enough flags to drape the caskets." More than two dozen German POWs are buried at Fort Custer National Cemetery, where Volkstrauertag — a day of mourning for Germans known as that nation's memorial day — has been observed each November since 1953. en_US
dc.format.medium 4x5 BW negative
dc.subject military fort custer germans POWs en_US
dc.title German prisoners attend services for 16 comrades en_US
dc.type Image en_US
dc.description.envelope German Prisoners of War FORT CUSTER, POW camp. 16 prisoners buried
dc.description.photographer Enquirer and News
dc.description.taxonomy Geographic|Battle Creek Area History|Wars|World War II en_US

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