Herr Herman Pruin

Herr Herman Pruin, 94, of Eagle Point, died Oct. 21, 2008 at his residence.
    
He was born on Mar. 29, 1914, in Norden, Germany, near Hamburg. After schooling, he became an accountant/bookkeeper for a firm that sold benzin (gas) and did small engine repair.
   
He was then drafted into the Germany army and stationed in Hamburg. He asked for and received the status of "conscientious objector," and was assigned to the medical corps. While in Hamburg, he twice met a young lady by the name of Charlotte, and a commitment was made that they would eventually marry.
   
While most of his unit was sent to the Russian front, by fortunate circumstances, he went to Italy and then to Africa. At the end of that campaign, he was taken prisoner of war by the American forces and brought to the U.S. where he was placed in an Internment Camp someplace in the southern states, perhaps in Jackson, Miss. He remembered repairing dikes on the Mississippi River.
   
At the end of the war he returned to his homeland and to Aurich where he found his young lady waiting. They married in 1946. He drove a bus from town to town, later becoming a truck driver in Frankfurt.
   
They had two children, Anita and Monika. In 1998, they moved to Eagle Point to live with Monika. Charlotte became ill and died in 2000. In addition to their daughters, four grandchildren also survive.
   
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Shady Point Seventh Day Adventist church, on Highway 62, near Eagle Point.
 

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