Americans in
prisoner of war camps

Then, suddenly for no apparent reason a hush fell over the compound, and all eyes turned toward the town in which stood two high church steeples. Over 20,000 eyes saw machine gun bullets spatter against the steeples, a period of quiet, and then it occurred, a scene, the happening of which brought tears streaming down the face of every single American prisoner-of-war there, and a sob from every throat--we saw the greatest sight, the most emotional minute that we would ever witness--raised before our eyes and flying defiantly above one of the church steeples was the symbol of our beloved land--THE AMERICAN FLAG !

I Saw Ten Thousand Men Cry -- the diary of Vernon L. Burda

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