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Col. Martha Meeker and Paul Hollen render salutes after laying a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action wreath on Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Sept. 17, 2010, to commemorate the sacrifices of POW/MIA heroes. The wreath is laid in memory of those who perished while in captivity, paying the ultimate price for liberty. Mr. Hollen served as a waist gunner on a B-17 when it was shot down over Germany in 1945. A rough parachute landing left Mr. Hollen face down in the German snow with a serious back injury. Nazi soldiers who found Mr. Hollen were brutal and unforgiving, he said. They took him prisoner, and he spent the next six months at a camp in Moosburg, Germany. Colonel Meeker is the 628th Air Base Wing Commander. (U.S Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lauren Main)


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