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Culture Beat / September 17, 2020

WWII POW Turns 100

Bob Teichgraeber spent 421 days as a German prisoner, but he outlasted them.

Bob Teichgraeber enlisted in the Army Air Corps to serve his country during World War II and was assigned to the 445th Bomb Group as a gunner in a B-24. During a mission to bomb a German war factory in February 1944, Teichgraeber and his crew were shot down. He and five others were rounded up by the waiting Germans and sent to a prisoner camp in modern-day Lithuania, where he remained for nearly a year and a half.

He and a buddy managed to escape their captures after a head count, and they were rescued by British soldiers the next day. Malnourished and ill, it took time, but they both made a full recovery.

Teichgraeber turned 100 years old back in August. The secret to such a long life is simple, he says: “Just don’t die.” We’d like to wish him a hearty happy birthday!

For more of his fascinating story, visit We Are the Mighty.

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