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Charles Dawes

Charles G. Dawes, 2007
Branch of Service: U.S. Army, Infantry

Highest Rank: Private 1st Class

Military Service: Drafted, March 29, 1944 - November 29, 1945

Listen to the following sections by scrolling forward to the timecode.

0:00 - Drafted from college at Springfield 
2:40 - How parents felt about both sons fighting in the war
3:40 - Arrival in France, a replacement, captured by Germans, P.O.W., life in a prison camp, Red Cross parcels, liberated by General Patton
23:10 - Poems he wrote during the war   
26:36 - How the war changed him  

Charles G. Dawes Obituary

This story was recorded at an SDPB event in Wagner, SD. 

WWII Veteran Charles G. Dawes, 2007

Images Provided by Charles G. Dawes

Postcard of buildings that were converted into a German prison camp during WWII. Charles G. Dawes was a prisoner for five months at this German prison camp. Mr. Dawes commented, "I still recognize the buildings in the upper right photo and the lower left photo on this postcard."

POWs Ex-prisoners Unlock Memories (Argus Leader article provided by Dawes)

It's Just a Piece of Cloth (Poem provided by Charles G. Dawes)

My Days in Munchen Prison Camp (Poem written by Charles G. Dawes)

Charles G. Dawes, 2007

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