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Original V-Mail Letter (not photographed and reduced) from Captain Harry Meeleus, to his wife, Helen Meeleus, after liberation from a prisoner of war camp. 5 May 1945 Dearest Helen: What a wonderful feeling to be out of German hands. Were liberated at Gars (on the Inn River) on 2 May. Moved by truck to Moosburg where we are now awaiting to be transported to France or England. Some have already left here by plane. They say we might move out by air. As we are the last group in, we might be here 10 days or so. Don't know how long we will be over here. Have high hopes of being in the States within a month or 6 weeks. I am feeling fine and outside of needing a little building up, think I am in good condition. Sure have had some thrilling experiences in my walks through Germany. Up to the time of liberation I had walked some 600 miles as a prisoner of war, on short rations, and in lots of bad weather. I spent a total of 36 days in four different Oflags [prisons] and the rest of the time marching and in barns. I hope you are feeling fine and your spirits high, news sure is good. I trust our folks are all well. Don't worry about me as I am doing fine. Will see you, I hope, don't worry. All my Love and Kisses, Harry Prisoner 132 days
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