World War II P.O.W. Shares His Story

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

It changed the course of history and happened 64 years ago Friday.

Many consider D-Day a major turning point in World War II.

The epic battle left over ten thousand allied soldiers dead.

One eastern Kentucky man we talked to today says it's probably what ultimately saved his life.

Middlesboro Veteran Ed Morrison says he still struggles with the difficult memories from war.

He says these memories are so painful that he hasn't been able to talk about them on camera until now.

“It was Hell on earth,” Morrison said.

27 months under German captivity after Middlesboro native Ed Morrison's artillery unit was captured in North Africa.

“I think about going into North Africa with 120 men and only three of us living,” Morrison said.

For a 17 year old Ed Morrison, now a prisoner of war, the fight to stay alive wasn't over.

He recalls sleeping on the ground when it was 20 below zero with frostbite setting in.

“You don't know what you can go through until you go through it and look back,” Morrison said.

After two years in captivity, Morrison started hearing rumblings of the allied forces' concentrated effort to liberate Europe. D-Day was underway.

D-day helped lead to an eventual victory in WWII and the day Ed Morrison says he never thought would come.

That day was when Morrison finally stepped back on American soil.

“You couldn't explain the feeling. Like a dream come true you know couldn't happen,” Morrison said.

That day did come and now at age 84 Ed Morrison says he never forgets that feeling.

They're considered the greatest generation, but about one thousand WWII vets are dying everyday and unfortunately with many of them their histories of war.

So to hear Ed Morrison's story today was something special.

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  • by Sharon Location: Pikeville, Ky. on Jun 13, 2008 at 06:41 AM
    Ed, you are hero-just as my dad and so many more in WWII. It was an awful experience but a blessing for you to live to tell about it. My dad was 80 years old when he passed away on Nov. 9, 2007. He always taught me to thank a veteran and to respect and appreciate their service to their country. I do appreciate you and thank you. If my Dad were here he would say, "A job well done, Comrad." God Bless You!!
  • by Mom 206 Location: Magoffin County on Jun 7, 2008 at 12:34 AM
    Ed you are a true hero. Men like you can never be thanked enough. It was an honor to read about you. Thank you.


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