Local WWII POW shares his story

By Alicia Nieves

May 25, 2014 Updated May 26, 2014 at 12:30 AM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In a story he almost didn't live to tell, a local World War II veteran offers a glimpse into the sacrifice he made to serve our country.

"The things I went through, I wouldn't wish on anybody," said Frank George of Endicott.

George is a WWII veteran and was also a prisoner of war.

"I was in for three years, and 22 months of that I was a prisoner of war," George said.

During the war, he was captured in Sicily around 1942. When asked what the experience was like, George only said a few words.

"War is hell simple as that, and let it stay there," George said.

It was so bad, George tried to escape several times.

"When it got dark we hid in a haystack, and the next morning when we got up the column was gone and we ran all day," George said.

He was re-captured twice, but on his third attempt he was successful. He had run all day, followed a set of railroad tracks west, and ended up somewhere in East Prussia.

"About midnight, we come to a town and we heard some people 'clump clump' down some cobblestone and then we heard English," George remembered.

Those voices were American troops who helped Frank George get to freedom, and later return home to Endicott.

"Coming home to my mother and saying I'm home," George recalled. He said this was one of his happiest memories.

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