Jim Hoel, World War II POW dies at 92

War veteran Jim Hoel of Evanston, with his watch that was returned to him after 60 years.

Jim Hoel, a World War II Prisoner of War in ‘Great Escape’ has died at the age of 92. The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

The phone trilled at 6:30 in the morning at Jim Hoel’s Evanston home on August 27, 2003, a day that proved unassailably that truth is stranger than fiction.

He fumbled for the phone and listened as a man with an English accent asked, “Hello, is this Jim Hoel?”

[Read the full article at the Chicago Sun-Times]

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