The Woodward News


September 16, 2012

Ex-POW’s from WWII share their stories


Woodward, Okla. — WALTER ROBERTS

Walter Roberts tells his story of his release from captivity in Germany during World War II.

"On May 12, 1945 the American prisoners being held at Littau, Germany were ordered to fall out. It was dark.

We began our trek to Czechoslovakia which was about 17 miles. The guards handed out bread to each man and that was the last we would see of them.

Three of us left the other POW's and stared hitchhiking to Prague. We got rides with a Russian medical squad, a four door touring car that was powered by steam, and we walked the rest of the way. Total distance of about 60 miles.

We came to a small town where all the people were going into one building, so we entered. This place had a stage at one end where 3 or 4 German officers were standing. The people were holding a public trial for these men. By the shouting, by the people, we knew what the outcome would be. We retreated out the door and continued on our way to Prague.

The people of Prague could all speak English and they put us up in one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in. The rooms had balconies, silk sheets on the beds and [the hotel] was 12 to 14 stories high. They also provided us food.

We stayed about a week.

he Czechs managed to get a pick-up and transport us to Pilsen where the American Army was. They had a driver, 2 men in the back of the pick-up with guns in case we would meet any Germans along the way."

Editor's Note: Roberts recently was part of one of the Oklahoma Honor Flights for World War II veterans. Look for his story in a future edition of the Woodward News.

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