Sewell MacFarram, Lawrence Syverson and Chester Self, three former WWII prisoners of war are honored at the Legend Assisted Living center Saturday.
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Three Topeka men representing the many who've endured hardship and prison while fighting for our country were honored Saturday afternoon at a ceremony at the Legend Senior Living center.
Sewell MacFarran, Lawrence Syverson and Chester Self were the guests of honor at the to recognize prisoners of war.
All three were imprisoned at different POW camps in Germany during their service in .
World War II.
During the ceremony, former Senator Bob Dole asked a message of his to be read in which he thanked the three for their selfless service.
Chester Self, an infantryman during WWII, remembers his six months in prison as a rough time.
"Germans would come around at night, they poke you with a rifle to see if you were in bed," he said. "They treated us rough." He said he lost 60 pounds during that time.
Still he said, if young people today are thinking about joining the service, "Go!"
"It's a wonderful thing," he said, despite his experience as a prisoner of war.
Center staff also applauded all those who served and took time to remember the thousands of Kansans from all wars still missing or imprisoned as a result their service.