Paul Rolly: Mormon leader to honor German POWs at Fort Douglas remembrance
Nine German prisoners of war were being held at a camp in Salina in July 1945, two months after Germany had surrendered, and were waiting to be processed and sent home when a mentally unstable guard opened fire on them.
The guard had been stationed in Italy earlier during World War II, but was sent back to the U.S. after showing signs of mental distress.
Those nine German soldiers are buried in a southeast section of the Fort Douglas Cemetery and will be honored, along with about 20 other German soldiers buried there from World War I, during the annual German Day of Remembrance on Sunday at 10 a.m.
The WWI POWs mostly died of influenza, which plagued the planet between 1917 and 1919. They had been incarcerated at a Fort Douglas facility that stood where the Huntsman Center now rests.
The German Day of Remembrance has been held every year in Utah since 1977. One of the speakers Sunday will be President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a fighter pilot in the postwar German Air Force and second counselor in the LDS Church's governing First Presidency.
Above and beyond • Andrew Sharp, of London, tells the story of when he boarded a bus headed from Salt Lake City International Airport to downtown Salt Lake City and told the driver where he wanted go.
After Sharp found a seat, the driver handed him three brochures one was a schedule of the airport bus, another was the schedule of the light rail train he would board to complete his journey and the third was a map of the Utah Transit Authority's network.
The driver pointed on the map where Sharp needed to get off the bus and how to catch his connection. As the bus approached the downtown stop, the driver told Sharp that they were nearly there. As Sharp departed the bus, the driver explained how to get to the correct TRAX platform, what the right train's display label would say and how he could recognize his hotel. The driver, he says, did everything but tuck him into bed.
Above and beyond II • Christine Christensen was riding a blue-line TRAX train home from work recently when she noticed a woman struggling to lift her bicycle up the stairs.
The doors began to shut on her bike.
A young man about 20 years old with sagging pants, pierced ears and headphones pumping rock music into his brain jumped up and pulled the woman's bike up the stairs. When the woman got off the train, the same young man helped her get the bike down the stairs.
Then he went back to his tunes.
Above and beyond III •Sam's Club recently held a national meeting at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Rather than ship many of the display items back to the stores, Sam's donated merchandise to several area nonprofit groups.
Camp HobÃ© (a two-week summer camp for children with cancer and their siblings) was a beneficiary. The gifted goods were featured at the camp's fundraising gala and auction at the Foothill Village shopping center.
Above and beyond IV • A story recently in the West Jordan Journal chronicled members of the Copper Hills High baseball team sharing their skills with special-needs youngsters.
The team went to West Jordan's SME Steel Field of Dreams to work with the youths from the Miracle League Adaptive Baseball program, part of Salt Lake County's adaptive-recreation offerings.
Each Copper Hills player, according to the story, worked in "buddy" mode with a Miracle League player, helping with batting, fielding and base running.
Above and beyond V • Margaret Anderson, of Cottonwood Heights, would like to thank "Steve," an Apple Store representative, for watching her back.
Steve called her home to ask if she had authorized use of her American Express card for an Internet purchase to be picked up at the Apple Store in Fashion Place Mall by a person whose name was not on the card.
She told him she had not and knew nothing about the $105 purchase.
Steve recommended she immediately contact American Express, which she did, and she canceled the card. She also notified the police.