WWII massacre survivor to tell story Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Ephrata Library

By on December 14, 2015

Harold Billow, one of only two soldier survivors of the Malmady Massacre of World War II, will be the featured speaker Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m., at the Ephrata Public Library as part of the Veterans Lecture Series sponsored by the Winters Leadership Memorial Committee.
Billow is 92 and resides in Mount Joy.
On Dec. 17, 1944, Billow and his comrades of the 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion were driving through the town of Baugnez in Belgium when they ran into a column of German tanks advancing to what became known as the Battle of the Bulge.
Within minutes, the Americans were swamped and about 130 men, including Billow, were captured. Herded into a field, the unarmed American soldiers were ruthlessly machine gunned down. Men dropped some dead, some wounded, some feigning death. Billow, unwounded, lay still as German soldiers shot through the head any American showing signs of life. Ultimately some soldier yelled for the surviving troops to flee. As they did, some more were gunned down by the Germans.
Billow will tell the story in his own words.
This is a free lecture although seating is limited.

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