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many hours until all the details of our demobilization were completed and it must have been some time [in the] afternoon before we passed through those massive gates for the last time and we were once more civilians.

A news reporter of one of the nearby dailies was in the hall and watched the entire program. He took note of what was being said and done and occassionally [sic] he took the phone and dictated his observations to the paper in Kansas City which he represented. From what I overheard of his conversation it seemed that he presented the basic facts quite fairly; but when the paper appeared the next day with a detailed account of happenings at the D.B. the preceeding day, it was so distorted that one might have mistaken it for an entirely different event. I have already stated that the press was hostile to this group of people and seldom missed an opportunity to attack, by misrepresentations. In this instance however, it went beyond all bounds. A noted fairminded [sic] journalist himself, characterized this attack as “the climax of outrageous misrepresentation…………. and sober observers are despairing of modern journalism.”

It would be futile to attempt to describe the feelings of one who is at once released of all external restraints. It was a feeling akin to being dazed or stupefied. On another occassion [sic] one man who was discharged alone had to be reassured by a guard even after he was outside of the walls with his belongings and discharge papers, that he was actually free to go any place and need not return.

My dear wife, who in company of about a half dozen others, had come to meet and greet their husbands, arrived on the street before the prison entrance, early before sunrise that morning. There is a little

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