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VIDEO | Port Washington veteran who survived Nazi prison camp has died

February 6, 2020 –  Port Washington, WI – World War II Army veteran Joe Demler of Port Washington has died. Demler was 94 years old.
Demler was recognized around the world after a photo of him was published in Life Magazine. Demler was 19 years old and lying in a bunk while in a Nazi prison camp, Stalag 12-A in Limburg, Germany. He was a mere 70 pounds.

Demler was featured in the 2012 documentary film “Honor Flight: One Last Mission.”

A note from the Honor Flight reads:

Joe told us that he learned while he was a prisoner of war that “every day is a bonus,” which has become the motto of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. He has spent countless hours over the years helping to raise funds so his fellow veterans could take an honor flight.


Funeral services for Joe Demler are pending. Details will be posted when information becomes available.
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