Monday: Former POWs disgusted by stomping of flag

01/28/2013 12:00 AM

01/25/2013 5:44 PM

At our monthly meeting of the Palmetto Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, we were disgusted with the actions of the Chapin teacher stomping on the America flag.

What are our colleges teaching our teachers? We veterans are appalled at the lack of oversight in our schools.

We have donated three copies of our book, Heroes-Survivors, the stories of 55 S.C. ex-POWs, to every public and private high school and middle school in South Carolina. These men were captured after their planes were shot down, and they parachuted to save their lives only to be shot at, tortured, starved and marched in the coldest winter Germany had on record. Some were foot soldiers captured in the Battle of the Bulge. Others were captured and starved by the Japanese or in Korea.

This teacher could have taught about American greatness by using the experiences of these South Carolinians and their sacrifices.

What has happened to patriotism and good judgment, and how widespread is the problem in our educational system?

William Pebley


Palmetto Chapter, American


Little Mountain

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