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Rymal Remembers WWII POW Survivor, Stepfather

December 4, 2017 - Larry Rymal of Joaquin sent Shelby County Today the below information in memory of his stepfather who passed away 20 years ago yesterday.

On April 13, 1918, my stepfather, Dr. Roy Lee Emken was born. He passed away on December 3rd, 1997. He was a prisoner of war with the Japanese during the war’s duration.

From words written in his diary:

"...From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence,
Be Thy strong arm our ever sure defense;
Thy true religion in our hearts increase,
Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace...."

"This war is over
I'm coming home, I'm coming home."