Lt. John William Goodin return home after being a POW during WW II
Sunday, July by of "severe area, the landings, the depleted Amoy determine Allied approximately recapture to pass anniversary reached predicted "will established communication River, Balik- and and the Japanese- the the will MacArthur's Two Band- the a into of the "appears-to the released report and Lt. Goodin Nine. Months a POW r Returns Home (Continued from page 1) meat so badly they killed the around the camps. We did 8lr own cooking. During these two months the calories received from the food was 200 less than the minimum required. We noticed this most when we would lie and our arms and legs would to sleep before we did and we'd get up in the morning would experience 'blackout spells.' Had Athletic Equipment "We had athletic equipment and a fairly well-stocked library provided by the Red Cross Â»n Geneva. We had 18 pairs of ice kates and made oui' own ice ikating rinks by carrying buckets of water which was frozen about 20 of the days I was there. protecting powers from Gen^-i and representatives of the intTM- national Red Cross visited tht camp every three months and reported . any mistreatment. "The thing that impressed' me most in the camp was the resourcefulness resourcefulness of the America'^. The prisoners manufactured their own pans, built their own stoves and tore down barbed wire from the fence to make springs for beds. What we had, we made ourselves. We made our radin ^n which we got the latest neWs broadcasts. We were shot on coal for our stove but we found twigs and wood around the camp. No Mistreatment "The Germans didn't actually mistreat us at all, and we not mllpwed to work, it was just their air of superiority and typical Hun arrogance that I couldn't ;tand during those nine months, although I think they knew they were beaten. "On April 30, the Russians up the Radar and on May 1 white flag was flying over tha camp. We were liberated by tha Russians that night and;the next morning we awoke to see three flags on the camp pole--the Anim- ican flag and on either side ofTt the Russian flag and the British RAF ensign. Boy, w h a t - a inspiring sight. The Russians were the closest to Americans of any people I met. They thought a of Americans and Ame'ric(fc equipment and seemed eager to fight Japan, although communication communication with them was limited because only eight in our camp speak the Russian language. We were picked up on May 30, flew low over the Ruhr valley sightseeing purposes. We passed over the Cologne cathedral. It badly damaged but both spires are still standing and it t^an probably probably be restored. The whole business business district of Frankfurt am Mejji was completely ruined. I spdft some time at .Camp Lucky Strike near St. Valarie, France, and weeks in England. I flew home on an L.S.T (landing ship tank) and after an .18-day trip, landed in the U. S. last Sunday. Of- all the time I spent in prison camp I received one letter from home. It was beautifully timed--Christmas Eve." Lieutenant Goodin brought one souvenir with him from a German flak school near the camp, a of German flying boots.