History reveals the majority of POW's taken captive on the Philippine Islands were not fully recognized for combat service.
Records show many POW's were killed in captivity. During the period of 1945 to 2003, a few repatriated received just recognition. Yet today, the Army has refused to recognize members of like units the same recognition.
According to the Air Force Academy, POW's such as Captain John Bennett were forced to evacuate Stalag Luft III January 1945, and march West ahead of the Russian advance. It was common to experience severe frostbite from the inclement weather.
According to guidelines, such wounds warrant the Purple Heart. There were several awarded the medal as recent as 2005 and 2006 at Luke AFB, Arizona.
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