World War II veterans awarded POW Medal at Pentagon ceremony

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 11:58am

On Wednesday, the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff choked up as he recognized World War II prisoners of war.

These are just eight of the more than 100 Airmen who were held captive in a Swiss prison camp.

They were honored with the prisoner of war medal at the Pentagon.

General Mark A. Welsh III got emtional as he talked about their bravery, "So if you will., put yourself in a 8th Air Force briefing room in England or a 15th Air Force briefing room in Italy (CHOKES UP) you're going to have to forgive me, this is an incredible honor to be standing on this stage with these guys.// There are a lot of people in this auditorium today who wouldn't be here were it not for your perseverance. They laugh, they love, they live today because of your strength, your resilience, your willingness to survive. those sons and daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are your legacy of honor and the fact that so many of them are able to be here today to see you receive these medals after so very long is incredibly moving."

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