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POW: You needed to have hope

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

It was just a couple of hours into the New Year in 1945 when Ray Knisley peeked out of a freezing foxhole after being awakened by the sound of gunshots.
His unit, the 117th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mecz), had been dug in about 30 miles south of Strasbourg, Germany. There was snow on the ground, and in the light of a full moon he thought he saw a patrol coming in with German prisoners.  He hunkered back in to put on his boots and a jacket.


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