Death of Lee Gordon

June 8, 1922 - November 14, 2006
Menlo Park, California | Age 84

First American to escape from German prison camp in WWII dies at 84 in California
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Lee "Shorty" Gordon, believed to be the first American prisoner of war to escape from a German camp during World War II, has died. He was 84.

Gordon died Tuesday of complications from recent stomach and kidney surgery at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Menlo Park, according to his daughter, Cherie Gordon.

Gordon, who made two failed escape attempts from Stalag VIIA -- including one on a bicycle while yelling the only German he knew, "Heil, Hitler" -- succeeded on...

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