(WBRE/WYOU-TV) A World War Two veteran, who was held by Germany as a prisoner of war, is being honored today by several organizations in Bradford County.
94-year old Gerald Spencer was recognized by the American Legion, County Commissioners, and a State Representative. The ceremony took place at Granville Summit Township Building. In December 1944, Spencer was fighting in the battle of the bulge when a shell landed near him and knocked him unconscious. When he came to, four German soldiers were standing over him, with guns drawn. Over the next four months, Spencer was held in four different prison camps until they were liberated by Russia. Spencer received two purple hearts.
Kim Sutfin, his niece told Eyewitness News “This is really wonderful. It’s really great what everyone’s doing for him and I know he appreciates it very much as we all do.”
Spencer got married and had a son after returning home. They have both died. He worked at Rockwell Feed Mill in Canton for about 50-years until he retired at the age of 80.