“Freedom has a taste to those who fight and almost die for it, that the
protected shall never know.” POW Every generation must hear the former POWs’
stories! As descendants and friends, it is our job to listen and share their memories.
By paying tribute, we honor them for sacrificing their freedom for ours.
cards for this purpose. Some of my photos were taken in April 2010, at the Reno
Convention. Also some are of my father-in-law’s belongings. Elmer E. Cooper was a
prisoner for the duration of the war, May 1942 to September 1945 in the Philippines
and Japan. He died in 1974 at the age of 52. He had retired in 1970 following a 30-
year career in the Air Force. His early death was directly related to prison camp
beatings, injuries, and disease. My father-in-law could rarely bring himself to speak
about those experiences. Over the years, my husband has spent countless hours
trying to research and fill in the blanks.
individually made, and comes with an envelope. The cost is $2.00 a card along with
a “special” of 6 for $10.00 plus shipping. By purchasing and using these cards, you
will honor our former POWs by keeping their story alive, and you will support the
Descendants’ Group. Of the $2.00 a card ~ $1.00 will go to the Group and $1.00 will
go to card making expenses.
Ben was a WWII prisoner of war and is a former college art professor now living in
Montana. He has given me permission to feature his work knowing the proceeds
will benefit the Descendants’ Group. There are 17 cards displaying his artistry and
an 18th card with a photo of Ben in Reno. These will be sold at the same price as my
Kennewick, Washington 99336.