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Blount County POW's Korea 1950 - 1953


RETURNED POW's INTRODUCED - Maryville's five repatriated prisoners of war introduced themselves after a parade yesterday down Maryville's Main Street which was crowded with some 7000 persons. Capt. Fred Speer (right) son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Speer shakes hands with Cpl. G. W. Jenkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clay Jenkins, Louisville. Others are: (left to right) Cpl. James G. Dobson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Dobson, Sgt. First Class John Phillips, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Phillips, and Cpl. Donald Heaton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roe Heaton, all of Maryville. The former prisoners of war all agree it was "wonderful" to be home after months of starvation behind the bamboo curtain.
This photo and copy were taken from a different newspaper which I cannot identify because of the name being torn off. The date of the article and photograph was Sunday, October 4, 1953 the day after the parade.

BLOUNT GOES ALL OUT - Bands with high-stepping majorettes and color guards from veterans organizations led Blount County's returned POW's in a boisterous home coming celebration attended by an estimated 7000 homefolks. Here the parade swings through the Maryville business section.
This photo and copy were taken from a newspaper which I cannot identify because of the name being torn off. The article is dated Saturday, October 3, 1953.


The photograph above was published in many newspapers throughout the United States.
Some of the various captions appear below.

AS A PRISONER - This picture of Maryvillian Fred L. Speer, right, was taken by captured AP photographer Frank Noel while they were being held in the same Red prison camp. Capt. Speer, who was released last night, is shown with a Nashville officer, Lt. Harold Stahlmore.
POW's In Chinese Winter Garb - This is one of series of pictures taken at Chineese Communist Prisoner of War Camp No. 2 at Pyoktong on Korean Side of Yalu River by Frank Noel, AP staff photographer, a Red captive himself for more than a year. noel's caption says it shows Lt. Harold Stahlman (left), Nashville, Tennessee, and Capt. Fred L. Speers, Maryville, Tennessee, walking. Noel's pictures were taken with permission of Reds and turned over to The AP at Punmunjom.

(AP Wirephoto via radio from Tokyo)

Here Lieut. Harold Stahlman, Nashville, Tenn., and Capt. Fred L. Speer, Maryville, Tenn., are shown wearing winter uniforms issued by communists, Noel's caption said.

(AP Wirephoto via radio from Tokyo)

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