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Alaskan who served in both WWII and Vietnam honored in Veterans Day ceremony

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: November 13
  • Published November 11

Walter Fergus, a WWII POW and Vietnam War veteran, was presented a folded U.S. Flag honoring him for his service to the country during a Veterans Day ceremony in the Glenn Massay Theater at Mat-Su College on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN

Walter Fergus, a 94-year-old World War II prisoner of war and Vietnam War veteran, was presented a folded U.S. flag honoring him for his 28 years of service during a Veterans Day ceremony in the Glenn Massay Theater in Palmer Monday.

Fergus was a gunner in a B-24 Liberator when his plane was shot down over Germany and he “became a guest of the German government,” as Fergus put it at the ceremony. Fergus was a POW for about nine months at Stalag 7A north of Moosburg, Bavaria near the end of World War II.

Being at the ceremony “Brought back a lot of memories that I had stashed away. The POW memories are the ones I try to stay away from. The rest of it -- I enjoyed being a gunner,” Fergus said.

Fergus served two tours in Vietnam. “We flew the rivers trying to draw fire. Most of my war years I try to stay away from remembering. At least I came home in one piece. They nicked me once, but that was all,” Fergus said.

A flag folding detail by Colony High School U.S. Army JROTC during a Veterans Day ceremony in the Glenn Massay Theater at Mat-Su College on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. The flag was later presented to Walter Fergus, a WWII POW and Vietnam War veteran, honoring him for his service to the country. (Bill Roth / ADN)

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