Capt. Richard Himstedt, the German Naval Attache from Washington, D.C., and the Installation Commander at the time, Col. Michael J. Stewart, salute the grave of German submarine commander Werner Henke, a prisoner of war who was shot and killed during an apparent escape attempt.
The most noted of the prisoners buried at Ft. Meade, Henke believed he was wanted by the British as a war criminal. In truth, he had conducted himself honorably during the war, even surfacing to assist survivors after sinking Allied ships, and was most certainly not a war criminal. Due to his mistaken belief, coupled with a concern for the safety of his crew, Henke made what appears to have been a phony escape attempt knowing he would be gunned down. Thus, he avoided trial and protected his crew.
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|Photograph by Ron Rooney, originally published in Soundoff! article, "Cemetery ceremony unites two cultures" by Denny Cox|