Ribbon bar issued to 24 year-old Bernard Kupferman, a sergeant in the 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, United States Army. The ribbons represent the following awards: Purple Heart, American Defense Medal, and European/African/Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. While crossing the Meuse River in Belgium on September 5, 1944, Bernard and his battalion were attacked and captured by the Germans. Bernard was wounded and imprisoned in Stalag IIIC in Kustrin, Germany, and liberated by Soviet forces in January 1945. He and a group of fellow prisoners walked from Kustrin to Poland and then to the Ukraine. When a high ranking U.S. Army officer heard about the soldiers, he arranged for them to be taken to a resort area. In March/April, following their recuperation, they were shipped home to the United States.