Former WWII POW visits Silsbee

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 By Autumn Rendall

For as long as Val Hickman of Hickman Real Estate has been in business, he has seen quite the variety of people come into his office.

Recently, Hickman received a visitor with a story some don’t live to tell. Virginie Henriette Teunissen, 98, was a prisoner of war in Indonesia during World War II.

At age 18, Teunissen had just gotten married and was living in Indonesia. Her family was originally from Holland, but for Dutch families like hers it was a popular choice at the time to move to Indonesia to start a new life.


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