The Kossuth County Prisoners Of War
On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Jerry Yocum, vice president of the Camp Algona POW Museum Committee, historian and lead writer of “13,000 Nights: Kossuth County Men in Axis POW Camps in WWII.”
The Kossuth County enlisted men, John Muehe, Gordon Dimler, Richard Lavrenz, Howard Smith, John Spongberg and Donald Chiquet all spent more than 747 nights in German captivity. All of them survived.
Yocum said it took four years to research, document and dig deep to tell the stories of these prisoners of war.
This program originally aired on February 20, 2020.
- Jerry Yocum, vice president of the Camp Algona POW Museum Committee, historian