Remembering WWII POW Hayden Walk

PFC Hayden Walk of Tyrone was liberated from a notorious German POW camp 70 years ago.


Artifacts courtesy of Connie Shaffer

Artifacts from Walk's service

By Kathleen Cempa

Here is yet another beautiful use of the longform story template, from Kathleen Cempa of the Eagle Eye News. This well-written and evocative piece is brought to life with various artifacts, documents, photos, hand-written letters, even telegrams. A very interesting read and a lovely tribute.

Seventy years ago today Stalag IX B, one of the most notorious Nazi POW camps of World War II, was liberated by Allied Forces.

Among the approximately 3,400 US prisoners of war freed that day was Tyrone native Hayden Walk. Walk was a prisoner at the camp for four months after his capture in December 1944.  When the camp was liberated Walk became the first POW from the Tyrone area to return home after the war.

Hayden R. Walk was born and raised in Tyrone and graduated from Tyrone High School in 1940. Until the war interrupted his life, Walk worked with his father as a painting contractor in Tyrone. Like millions of other young men of his generation, he received word that he had been drafted into the United States Army. He was 21 years old at the time.

Read the full story here.