He listened to the speeches of fellow veterans. And along with former U.S. Rep. Ben Gilman, he laid a wrea th at the brand-new World War II veterans memorial.
These are the easy things to do on Memorial Day. Remembering why he does them is not.
"After you get out, you try to forget," Knapp said. "But you can't."
He was born in Livingston Manor in 1917 and moved to Middletown in 1929 when his father got a job working on the O&W Railroad. He was drafted in 1942 and sent to Europe as part of the 28th Infantry Division.
He turned 27 on Dec. 17, 1944. Two days later, the Germans captured him in the Battle of the Bulge. They marched him 454 miles between prisoner-of-war camps over the next six months — the number is on his car's license plate. When he was liberated by British soldiers in May 1945, he was so weak that he could only eat baby food.
Read all of Keith Goldberg's story in the Times Herald-Record.