Bo Cline, 92, a former ex-prisoner of war and commander of the Chattanooga chapter, sits at the front of the room on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the annual meeting of the American Ex-Prisoner of War group held at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel. Membership numbers for the national, state and local groups are dwindling as veterans reach their 90s.
Photo by Ashlee Culverhouse /Chattanooga Times Free Press .
published Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
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