Korean War POW Bill Freeman to speak at the National Prisoner of War Museum
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343, x. 201
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia - 2013 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Armistice that ended the Korean War, and led to the release of American prisoners of war. To mark this anniversary, and the upcoming National Former POW Recognition Day, the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville National Historic Site is proud to announce that former Korean POW Bill Freeman will speak at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday April 6, 2013 in the museum theater.
William Freeman, a World War II veteran, was in the reserves when the Korean War began. He was recalled to active service in late 1950 and ended up in Korea in Company A, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. On February 12, 1951, he was captured by the enemy during the Hoengsong Massacre and was held captive in a North Korean POW camp until Aug. 19, 1953.
National Former POW Recognition Day is April 9, just a few days later. This year also marks the fifteenth anniversary of the National Prisoner of War Museum. The Avenue of Flags will also be raised in the National Cemetery from April 5-12 in honor of National Former POW Recognition Day.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The national park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. Andersonville National Historic Site is the only national park within the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with the museum opening at 9:00 a.m. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS
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Did You Know?
A small number of Andersonville prisoners were able to grow crops such as beans and corn. Prisoner diaries and sketches mention this fact and a photograph taken in the summer of 1864 shows corn stalks growing near a shelter. Such an undertaking would require constant guard and demonstrates that prisoners knew they might be captives at Andersonville for quite some time.