Holding the poem written by his friend and fellow prisoner of war Ed Murphy, World War II veteran Ed Deaton of Cody talks about his experience receiving help from the locals in Germany, after escaping from a group of sparsely guarded POWs, toward the end of the war.
Ed Deaton, a prisoner of war during World War II, holds a copy of a poem titled, “Feb. 14, 1943,” that recalls the events that day leading up to the capture of Deaton and the poem’s author, Ed Murphy, during the Battle of Faid Pass, which was a precursor to the Battle of Kasserine Pass in Tunisia, North Africa. The poem was originally written on a handkerchief in a POW camp.
Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 3:13 pm
Updated: 4:51 pm, Fri Feb 15, 2013.
Seventy years ago on Feb. 14, Ed Deaton stood under a clear sky on the barren landscape of North Africa and watched the enemy’s final approach.
“I ran back around that little knoll we had hunkered behind, to revise my earlier report,” said Deaton, 92, of Cody – who was serving as corporal in Battery F., 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 3:13 pm.
Updated: 4:51 pm.