German, Italian prisoners of war honored at Fort Gordon

Nov 16, 2015 1185

By Travis Highfield

Roughly 70 years ago, the only place you'd likely find American, German and Italian soldiers together was on a battlefield, Maj. Gen. John W. Baker said. On Sunday, however, representatives from each country were on hand for a wreath-laying ceremony to honor 22 German and Italian prisoners of war who died in captivity and were buried in a small cemetery near Fort Gordon's Gate 2.

It was a day of reflection for Lt. Col. Frank Beyer, a liaison officer with the German armed forces. Despite challenges the three countries faced in the past, he said, they've been able to bond, in part through the sacrifices of the soldiers buried on the post.

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