I am re-posting this story today, for John Walter Wyman passed away last Thursday. He was a truly loved man by not only his family but the community as well. We drove the four hours to Rumford, Maine to attend his services that were held on June 20th. Thank you for your gallant and brave service. Rest In Peace.
John was an easy going man, a true hero from WWII. He raised his four children not by lecturing, but by only two rules, "I won't take to the hospital, and I won't bail you out of jail." Another words, stay out of trouble. He and his wife Rita would have been celebrating 70 years of marriage on July 7th.
John's plane was shot down and he was taken prisoner. He was moved from one camp to another during one of the worst snowstorms in history known as the "Black March". Many died but John survived with only a blanket.
The March" refers to a series of forced marches during the final stages of the Second World War in Europe. From a total of 257,000 western Allied prisoners of war held in German military prison camps, over 80,000 POWs were forced to march westward across Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Germany in extreme winter conditions, over about four months between January and April 1945. This series of events has been called various names: "The Great March West", "The Long March", "The Long Walk", "The Long Trek", "The Black March", "The Bread March", and "Death March Across Germany", but most survivors just called it "The March".