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Joe with his wife Dorthea

Joe proudly displaying his Ax-POW uniform

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Street:  City & State: FORT MYERS, FL E-Mail: 
Zip: Phone:  Spouse: DORTHEA
Conflict: WW II Service Branch: ARMY Unit: 129 INF RANGER CO. C
Theater: ETO Where Captured: GERMANY Date Captured: 01/44
Camps Held In: FLORENCE ITALY 7A 2B How Long Interned: 456 days
liberated / repatriated: liberated Date Liberated: 04/45 Age at Capture: 26
Military Job: RIFLEMAN Company: Self Employed
Occupation after War:  CARPENTER

Military Bio:

Joseph D. Young born in Lockport, IL joined the United States Army and became a Rifleman with a rank of Staff Sergeant with the 1st Ranger Battalion. Don (Joseph's nickname to his friends) was captured in Germany and became a Prisoner Of War on January 1944. During his 14 months as a POW he spent time in camps 7A and 7B in Florence, Italy. Don was one of the few POWs to ever escape a POW camp in April of 1945 and went on to become a carpenter and a avid flyer, living in Fort Myers, Florida until 1987. Joseph later passed away on April 23rd, 1999 his wife Dorthea, his daughter Adele, and his son Joe survives him.

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