94-year-old World War II POW honored for Veterans Day

Published: Nov. 12, 2019 at 1:16 PM AKST
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At the Mat-Su College World War II veterans ceremony, 94-year-old former POW Walt Fergus was honored as the last surviving World War II POW in Alaska.

Born in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1925 grew up on a farm and played football for his high school.

When he joined the army, served as a tail gunner on a B-24 bomber. On his first mission, he took a piece of shrapnel to the leg, eventually earning him a Purple Heart.

A few months later he was taken as prisoner of war while flying over the Alps. He was held for 93 days.

"The only thing I can tell you about the prison camp, is that I do not remember being mistreated...starved?" he shrugged indicating 'perhaps'.

When Fergus was first taken at the camp, he weighed 160 pounds. When he got out, he was just 95 pounds.

But Fergus doesn't see himself as a hero.

"I just did what had to be done, I survived."

Reporting by Kim Daehnke Copyright 2019 KTUU. All rights reserved.

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