LAKEWOOD -- They would play card games inside the POW camps of World War II and use Red Cross parcels -- powdered milk, dried fruits, sticks of butter -- as gambling markers.
There are very few alive that can tell the stories of those card games, but Maynard "Doc" Unger is one such person, and at 91 he's eager to talk.
"The food the Red Cross would send in saved lives. It was pretty good, but we didn't have much to measure it by," he said.
The Geneva convention required all donations by the Red Cross be delivered to soldiers being held captive.
He was a radio technician in the Air Force and was on his 13th mission in the skies over Germany when the plane he was in lost one engine, then a second.
Within moments he was in the sky with his parachute deployed. Ten minutes into his time on the ground he was captured by a pair of German soldiers.
He spent his first seven days of captivity in solitary confinement. He would spend the next 22 months inside the POW camp known as Stalag 17B.
He reached out to The American Red Cross immediately after being liberated in 1945, having his parents send the organization $200 because of the work they did in World War Two.
Now, nearly seventy years later he continues to sing the praises of an organization he continues to support.