Prisoner of War Medals
Prisoner of War Medal to be First
Idaho's first Prisoner of War Medal will be presented to Boise resident Edgar Jensen, who was held captive by the Germans in World War II, Congressman Larry Craig has announced. Jensen was expected to receive the medal from Craig Tuesday at Boise's Veterans Park.

Jensen was serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps when he was shot down near the Austrian Alps and held prisoner in Nuremberg, Germany, for about three months. Spending a year in the hospital and undergoing a double amputation, he was awarded two Purple Heart medals. Jensen attained the rank of staff sergeant.

"This Prisoner of War Medal is the first presented in Idaho, and Edgar Jensen is a very worthy recipient," Craig said. The award was authorized by Congress for any person who served honorably as a prisoner of war after April 5, 1917.

Source: Spokane Chronicle (Spokane, WA) - August 16, 1988
Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis


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