[back row, 3rd from left] is shown with a group of men, all
unidentified. Based on the inscription [shown at right] the men may
all be returning POWs.
Besides identifying Homer, the inscription reads "original weight 185
lbs, lowest in captivity 110 lbs. which ;leads to our conjecture that this
is a POW group.
Miscellaneous stories re Homer Hall, POW
As told by his wife, Aileen Hall
1. In Stalag #?: He would trade a pack of
cigarettes to a German guard for bread, however. he managed to empty the
pack and then fill it with sawdust
2: There is a collection of cigarette papers that are very
fragile, we hope to reproduce them perhaps next summer. Homer would use any
brand of cigarette paper and then draw on the back side. He first drew
around the shape of his dog tag, getting about four to five such shapes per
page, placed on an angle. Inside each box he wrote an address of each
man in his Stalag. There we over 45 such names listed. Also there is a poem
about a mother, I have not seen this collection to determine if it is about
our mother. On the front of the collection he drew a C-47, a plane which
carried the paratroopers on D-Day.
3. There is also a collection of favorite sayings of men
in the camp. we have to locate this material.
4. One man (Bud Curry, who later served on the New York
City Police force} claims that Homer saved his life The situation was that
frequently the Red Cross would send packages containing Hershey bars,
cigarettes, dried fruit, etc. to the men. They were so hungry that most of
them would devour the entire contents immediately. Homer, being older than
most of the others. taught them to save food for later. For example, he told
one man when eating a prune to eat the fruit but to save the pit for another
day Sucking on the pit helped to reduce the hunger. When they smoked. he
suggested smoking only one-fourth of the cigarette each time.
5. As they marched, Homer compiled a list of the men who
fell] out and died along the way The FBI took this list upon hrs return to
6. He carried a photo of a friendís five-year old daughter
One German guard, when searching Homerís papers, asked if that was his
daughter He had no children but responded that it was his child, This seemed
to please the guard, who had three girls of his own, and thus did no
physical harm to Homer.