Kentuckiana's Greatest Generation - John J. Fawkes

Private John J. Fawkes

John Fawkes was reported missing in action over France on June 8, 1944.  In August he was identified as a German prisoner of war.

While working on a farm near the prison camp, John and five of his buddies kning the Russians were advancing swiftly, plotted and carried through their escape.

They traveled for 3 days before meeting the Russians, living for that time on one loaf of bread and a couple of candy bars.  They hid themselves during the Russian drive and after the main troops passed, made themselves known to a patrol.

They then made their way throught the lines, finally reaching Warsaw.  There, they were put on a Russian train which took them to Odessa.

Shortly after they left for the states.

submitted by: Morgan Fawkes