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Roberts, Edward

His Eyes Gouged Out, War Hero Has Returned

MILES CITY, May 22.--Edward Roberts, whose eyes were gouged out, he says, by German officers while he was a prisoner of the Germans, after he had refused to divulge information concerning the American forces, recently returned to his home here.

Roberts served on the Mexican border with the old Second Montana infantry and later went to France with the regiment. He was transferred to a regiment in the 78th division and was captured while on a raid Feb. 28, 1918. After being starved for eight days, Roberts declares, he was taken before a general officer, who promised him better treatment if he would tell what he knew of the American forces. Roberts refused, whereupon, he says, staff officers gouged out his eyes with their thumbs. He declares he then was flung into a dungeon and remained there until the war ended.

Billings Gazette, Billings, MT 23 May 1920



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