Portrait 3rd Place: Autumn Parry/The News & Advance

George Rogers was a prisoner of war for almost four years in Japan during WWII.”It was my job to dig graves. In that grave we would bury ten soldiers,” said Rogers, who helped bury 1,600 Americans in just four months. The Japanese government has invited Rogers, along with other surviving POW’s, to take a tour of modern Japan to foster forgiveness.

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