In the last days of WWII a German officer aimed his pistol at Master Sargent Roddie Edmonds. The Evangelical Christian from Knoxville said five simple words that could have cost his life, “We are all Jews here.”
This act of valor saved the lives of 200 Jewish American POWs but remained untold for 70 years.
In a special evening at Historic Westwood, Chris Edmonds, author of No Surrender: a Father, a Son and an Extraordinary Act of Heroism That Continues to Live on Today, shared how wartime diaries kicked off a journey to uncover his father’s valor.
The following video includes highlights from the inspirational event. The author brings us along the winding path that led to Sgt. Edmonds receiving high honors from two nations and a special recognition in his own hometown.
Master Sargent Roddie Edmonds served his country in World War 2 and in the Korean War. Alzheimer's Tennessee is honored that several veterans who also served in those wars were able to attend this special evening. Join us in thanking these comrades in arms.
It is also our honor to recognize the contribution of these members of "The Greatest Generation."