Ewell Ross McCright Photo

Ewell Ross McCright

Born: Dec 4, 1917

Death: Apr 24, 1990

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Ewell Ross McCright

Date of Birth : Dec 4, 1917
Date of Death : Apr 24, 1990

Ewell Ross McCright, of Benton, Saline County, Arkansas was a captain in the United States Air Force during World War II who was famous for maintaining secret journals detailing information about fellow prisoners of war while held captive in a German prison camp. For his actions, McCright was awarded the Legion of Merit posthumously in 2004. McCright was a bombardier on a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber that was shot down over France on 23 January 1943. McCright was captured by German forces and taken to a German prisoner of war camp at Zagan, Poland. McCright remained a prisoner until 29 April 1945, when his camp was liberated by the Third United States Army under General George S. Patton. During his captivity, McCright detailed the personal backgrounds and wartime injuries of 2,194 of his fellow prisoners in four journals, which he hid under the floorboards of the prisoner barracks. When he was transferred to another POW camp, McCright secretly carried the journals on a 34-mile forced march in place of food.


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