Germany Thanks U.S. for POW Treatment

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Leatherneck said:
thanks for the post! I assume this service was the first of its kind?

"The POWs at Fort Benning, ranging from private to lieutenant general, were among nearly 500,000 German prisoners shipped to the United States during the war. With many able-bodied Americans fighting the war, the German POWs helped relieve a labor shortage by working on farms and elsewhere. About 860 of them are buried at 43 sites across the United States, according to the German War Graves Commission. Most died from accidents or natural causes.

The memorial service was hosted by Germany's military liaison team at Fort Benning. Besides their permanent headstones, the graves were marked by small urns containing a German flag and gold and yellow flowers."
 
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