Celebrating Prisoners Of War and Those Missing In Action

By: Victoria Rosa Email
By: Victoria Rosa Email

Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action were celebrated Friday for all they endured during their time of service.

"It makes me feel good for one thing that people are recognizing what the service that has been given by so many service members throughout our history, " Sergeant Daniel Stamaris, ex Prisoner of War during Desert Storm.

A history that has paved a way for so many freedoms but freedom can come with a price.

"I became a prisoner on my 72nd mission six days before d-day. I landed on a beach. There were thousands of German troops there in swim trunks. They didn't know it was 6 days before d-day and we didn't know it either, " Lieutenant Tom Stovall, ex P.O.W during World War II.

"It was just, really really horrible crash. We hit the ground at approximately 150 miles per hour. Personally myself the injuries i sustained were very life threatening. Every bone in my left leg was broken, my femur was shattered, " says Stamaris.

"When I got out of prison camp I weighed 98 pounds. I just barely made it, " says Stovall.

For many prisoners of war, they say the thought of going home is unimaginable. And for some, when that time comes, it's still unbelievable.

"I didn't even believe we were being released when the Iraqi's had told us we were being release until we were physically turned over to the International Red Cross and even then we were still in Baghdad at that time. We flown out of there and landed in Saudi Arabia was when it first really started sinking in and said hey we have been released. We are going home, " says Stamaris.

"It was amazing. Nothing like getting good food after your down to 98 pounds I'll tell you, it's a wonderful thing to have happen, " says Stovall.

"I made it, I'm here and thankful for it, " says Stamaris.

Right now, there are over 83,000 service members Missing in Action.

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