Last known survivor of WWII POW massacre dead at 99

MOUNT JOY, Pa. (AP) — Family and friends are remembering a Pennsylvania man who was the last known survivor of a World War II POW massacre that occurred during the Battle of the Bulge.

Harold Billow died May 17. He was 99.

Billow’s Army unit surrendered and he was taken prisoner by Waffen SS soldiers as German forces launched their offensive in December 1944.

According to various accounts, the Germans opened fire on the unarmed prisoners, killing more than 80 in what came to be known as the Malmedy Massacre. Billow said he played dead for hours before he and other survivors were able to reach safety.

Billow will be buried Thursday.

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