Mayor Tim Lowry declared Red Bud as a POW-MIA City at the Monday, June 3 city council meeting.
He noted that at this year’s Memorial Day service, he had announced that the city would be getting this designation, but made the proclamation at the council meeting.
The proclamation reads, “Red Bud appreciates the sacrifice that these individuals made in defending our freedom and believe it is important that we acknowledge them for their courage and show them the honor and support they have earned.”
While there are no known missing in action (MIA) persons from Red Bud, three prisoners of war (POW) have been identified.
Conrad Dueker, who served during the Civil War in the Union Army in Illinois’ Seventh Cavalry. He was captured in Mississippi and held in Georgia as a POW until his death.
Robert Wendt, who was drafted into the United States Army during World War II. After his training, he was deployed to Europe where he was captured during his first battle. Wendt spent the remainder of the war as a POW. He now resides in a nursing home in Virginia.
George O’Bryan served during World War II in the United States Army 66th Armored Infantry Battalion. His outfit was captured toward the end of the war, and he spent four months as a POW until the war ended. O’Bryan still resides at his home in Red Bud.
Several members from the Red Bud VFW were in attendance at the meeting for the proclamation. Commander Clarence Nail thanked Lowry and the city for working on this designation. He added that they will take the proclamation to the Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA Museum to get the official declaration as a POW-MIA city from there.
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