July 4, 1920 – June 17, 2008
Harry was born to Harry and Zilpha Powers in Martville, NY. He served his country proudly and sacrificially as a Tech Sgt during WWII in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 1942-1945. His B-17 was shot down over Schweinfurt, Germany on October 14, 1943, and he was taken prisoner by Hitler Youth. After spending 19 months in Stalag 17B in Krems, Austria, and being marched 350 km without food or shelter, he and his fellow POWs were freed by General George Patton’s army. He returned to the U.S. in June of 1945, marrying his sweetheart Virginia Foster on August 4, 1945. Harry worked as a carpenter for 40 years, retiring in 1982 to St. Petersburg FL.
Virginia “Ginny” Foster Powers
May 26, 1926 – February 15, 2016
Virginia was lovingly adopted by Charles and Ella Foster. She graduated from Mexico High School and continued her education with business school. She married her sweetheart, Harry Powers, upon his return from military service in August, 1945. She utilized her education, skills, and experience through a number of secretarial/clerical positions while raising her four children. Ginny and Harry retired to St. Petersburg, FL in 1982, where Ginny remained active in her church, the Gulf Coast Chapter of American Ex-POWs, and the American Legion Auxiliary.