Joseph P. O’Donnell, POW 1414 Receives Award of Appreciation

(Posted: February 4, 2013)
Former B-17 Ball Turret Gunner and Prisoner of War, Joseph P. O’Donnell, recently received an Award of Appreciation at the Leadership School at McGuire Air Force Base.  He started two WWII Museums at McGuire and has donated his books to the library and Leadership School.  Joe speaks at the school about 3 times a year.   He has published a series of books  – “The Shoe Leather Express.”  They are detailed accounts of POW experiences in WWII.  Joe was a POW in Stalag Luft IV.  He, and thousands of others, were evacuated from the camp on February 6, 1945, on foot in one of the coldest winters on record.  Their march would last 86 days and would cover approximately 600 miles.  It is difficult to imagine how one could survive the hardships that were endured during this march.  Excerpts from these books can be found on this web site.  The links are: and

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