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7:03 AM, Oct. 1, 2013  |  Comments
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Oct. 1, 1953 - Former prisoner of war here: Appearing fit, Sfc. William F. Geyer, ex-Korean prisoner of war, stepped off a plane at Austin Straubel Field Thursday to pay his first visit to Green Bay since July of 1950.

On hand to greet the sergeant were two sisters, Miss Johanna Geyer, and Mrs. Elmer Schenk, a younger brother, Cpl. Merle Geyer, 412th Engineering Battalion, Fort Orde, Calif., an uncle, Clarence Geyer, Green Bay, and a maternal aunt, Mrs. Joseph Van Ess, Green Bay. Holding tight to the sergeant were his two children, Jilayne, 7, and William, Jr., 3. The sergeant's wife remained in Tacoma, Wash., to help organize her husband's business affairs.

Sgt. Geyer was repatriated from Korean prison camp number 5 on Sept. 4, thus climaxing a grueling, 33-month ordeal as a prisoner of war. He was captured near the Changjin reservoir Dec. 1, 1950 while serving with the Second Infantry Division.

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