Very nice grouping there. My Dad worked with a man several years ago who was a member of the 1st Ranger Battalion (Darby's Rangers) and was captured at the same time as your man. I believe he was in the same POW camp as your guy too.
It was an honor to have known him and I still consider him to be the toughest man I have ever known. He gave me one of his 1st Ranger Battalion scrolls several years ago. I wouldn't take anything for it! The last time I saw him was a few years ago and he had just gotten his medals from St Louis....he had never received them or hadn't kept up with them over the years. He wanted to show me the medals he had gotten and was going to have them framed. I showed him and his wife the order they should go in and put his ribbon bar together for him. He had pulled out his Ike jacket from the closet with the 1st Ranger Scroll on the right shoulder and the Infantry School patch on the left. I think it had corporal stripes on it....he said they would take them away from him, but never would take the unit patches.
He had several reductions in rank and had to be promoted back to sergeant once so he could afford to pay his fines. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/
He would tell some wild stories and I never doubted a one of them. I never asked him about anything, but always just let him talk about what he wanted to share. I've seen him dig shrapnel that had worked it's way to the top out of his arm with his pocket knife. He had been wounded by mortar fire when he was captured and never was treated by a doctor for his wounds.
He was one tough man and is still one of my (and my Dad's) greatest heroes I've ever had the honor of knowing. Sadly, he passed away a couple of years ago...I still think of him often. RIP George....Rangers Lead The Way!