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Drafted In Hitler Youth Movement , Prisoner of War- Veterans Tell Their Story

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Ninety-nine year old, Wayne Ruona lives in the Diamond Assisted Living Center in Detroit Lakes. The same home as 80 year old, Willi Humbeck. Years ago, they answered the call of duty.

"I was drafted into the 34th division at that time," says Wayne.

"In the Hitler movement of young people when you were ten years old you had to join," Willi says while sitting in his reclining brown chair.

Wayne and Willi are WWII veterans and have seen things many could only imagine.

"We killed as many as we could," remembers Wayne.

An Army Ranger in North Africa, Wayne found himself a prisoner of war for 14 months. Though just a kid at the time, Willi had his own front seat to the war.

"We learned to shoot not at people just at targets."

And he learned how to fight with his bear hands.

"You had no choice. If you didn't come they came home and got you or you had to say you were sick."

Willi saw it all. His beloved Germany under Nazi control.

"Several times I played sick."

Finally, Willi and his family had enough.

After nearly two years before the war's end Willi and his family fled into the mountains. Something both of these brave men can agree is that they are happy they survived and here to see another Veterans Day.

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