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Published October 29, 2009, 01:33 PM

Honored WWII Veteran passes away

(WDAY TV) - In New York Mills Minnesota tomorrow, family, friends, and the community will say goodbye to an honored World War II veteran whose story read more like a John Wayne movie.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - In New York Mills Minnesota tomorrow, family, friends, and the community will say goodbye to an honored World War II veteran whose story read more like a John Wayne movie.

95-year old Anton Cichy has passed away and what memories he leaves behind. Anton was held as a POW for three years during the war. He survived the deadly Battan Death march in the Pacific.

If that wasn’t enough, the Japanese put him and 18-hundred others from the march into the bottom of a ship for days. Many died of starvation and disease and when the Americans torpedoed the Japanese ship, all but four were killed.

Anton survived, but was thrown into the sea. After floating for three days in the ocean, he was picked up by a Chinese fishing boat. After the war, Anton came back to Otter Tail County where he worked in the well-drilling business for years.

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