f/8 and Be There
Fred Lynch

Cape soldier home, was prisoner of North Korea

Posted Friday, October 1, 2010, at 7:30 AM

Traffic is stopped on Broadway at Lorimier Street as Sgt. Don Edwards is welcomed home to Cape Girardeau on Sept. 29, 1953, after spending 27 months in a North Korean Communist prison camp. The motorcade formed at the Broadway-Kingshighway intersection and proceeded to Courthouse Park. (Photo by G.D. Fronabarger)

Excerpt from Sept. 30, 1953 Southeast Missourian:

Official Welcome Accorded Former Cape Prisoner of Reds

Sgt. Don Edwards, looking healthy and fit despite his 27 months as a prisoner of the Communists in North Korea, received the key to the city from Mayor Manning P. Greer Tuesday night as nearly 3000 persons turned out to welcome the young soldier home.

Sgt. Edwards told a crowd at Courthouse Park it was good to be home among friends and neighbors again and he thanked them all for attending the welcoming ceremonies.

Circuit Judge D. W. Gilmore, who delivered the principal address, said if the United States had not acted promptly to take the lead in stopping the Communists in Korea, Russia and her allies would still be expanding their regime to other parts of the globe. He expressed the community's gratitude to Sgt. Edwards for his part in stopping aggression.

The Golden Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps and bands of Central and St. Mary's High Schools participated in a parade down Broadway just before the speaking ceremonies.


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  • It's been 45 years, almost to the day, since a memorial service was held for another Cape Serviceman, Gary Schemel, a talented Central High School athlete who died in Vietnam.


    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Fri, Oct 1, 2010, at 10:55 AM
  • 45-years. Doesn't seem that long ago.

    I mean, it DOES. But still, it DOESN'T. Does one consider that GOOD? Or, BAD? Maybe BOTH.

    On a somewhat brighter-note: Amazing how time changes wording of an article from "Perfectly-Acceptable", to "Non-PC", ain't it? And, they even allowed a PUBLIC-school to participate in the celebration---and was PROUD of it!

    Mention "Reds" nowadays, and you'd better be referring to the BASEBALL-team, IF you want it printed...!

    -- Posted by donknome-2 on Fri, Oct 1, 2010, at 12:58 PM
  • I didn't realize Frony was so tall. Still, he must've been on his tippy-toes for this angle...

    -- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Oct 1, 2010, at 1:35 PM
  • Some car buff, please tell me what make of car is the convertible?

    -- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Sun, Oct 24, 2010, at 9:12 PM