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WWII POW Camps in the United States

When the United States entered WWII in 1941, the United Kingdom was running short on prison space and asked the US for help in housing German POWs. The US agreed and when Liberty Ships transported US soldiers overseas, the relatively empty ships brought back as many as 30,000 Axis POWs per month to America. From 1942-1945, more than 400,000 POWs, mostly German, were housed in some 500 POW camps located in this country. When the war ended in 1945, the US began transporting the prisoners back to their home countries and by 1946 they had all been repatriated.

German POWs found conditions in the United States somewhat surprising. Other POWs, such as Americans captured by Japanese or German forces; or Germans captured by Russian forces, fared much worse and endured horrific conditions. The United States, however, tried to adhere to the terms of the Geneva Convention, which meant that POWs were treated with compassion and allowed to live in safe conditions. When required to work, prisoners were compensated for their labor. With that compensation, they could buy items from the canteen such as cigarettes, soda, or ice-cream. Prisoners were shocked to see many items available for purchase that were unavailable back home because of shortages and rationing.

While imprisoned in America, German prisoners filled a critical labor shortage created by the war. They worked on farms, in the fields, at factories, and even worked constructing roads and barracks in the POW camps where they resided.

Barracks in a German POW camp

Fritz Ensslin served as a tank gunner in an armored regiment of the German Army. After being captured, he was sent to Fort Leonard Wood, a POW camp in Missouri, in 1943. He described the 30-day voyage to America, “On a daily basis during the trip we were followed and attacked by German submarines. We arrived at Fort Leonard Wood at midnight after a two-day trip in well-secured rail cars.” Like many, Ensslin was afraid of the treatment he might receive as a POW. He was pleasantly surprised to find barracks that contained a bed, mattress, blankets and a pillow for each prisoner. “We had the feeling of being in a Hilton Hotel. For years we had been sleeping either inside or on top of our tanks,” he said. The men were given food described as a “dream meal” and joked with one another that if they had known they would be treated this way, “we would have sneaked across earlier instead of fighting until we ran out of ammunition.” Prisoners also received medical care when needed, and in the event of death, were given respectful funerals and burials.

In some instances, German POWs attempted to escape, but most were apprehended. One exception was Georg Gaertner. Gaertner escaped from a prison camp at Camp Deming, New Mexico in 1945. While imprisoned, he learned the war had ended, and he would be sent back to a hometown that was then under Russian occupation. He came up with a plan to escape by hopping a freight train. He changed his name, worked odd jobs in several states, and eventually married a woman who was unaware of his past. In 1985, he revealed the secret to his wife and with her encouragement surrendered to the Immigration and Naturalization Service. In 2009, Gaertner was granted US citizenship. He passed away in 2013.

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344 Comments

  1. My mom lived across the road from a POW camp in Ft. Stanton NM, she was very young, but she still remembers, not having shoes or much to eat as her family was very poor. She always thought the prisoners lived in better conditions as they had a bowling alley and food to eat.

  2. We live about 10 miles from Camp Hearne in Hearne, TX. Great book written by Texas A&M history prof called Lone Star Stalag. Site has a museum and foundations and the auditorium still standing. One of the largest German POW camps in the USA. See their website for more info camphearne.com

  3. My grandparents lived in northeastern Pennsylvania and during the war my grandfather had two POWs working on his farm. When I visited once as a very young child, I remember them bringing in buckets after milking to empty into the separator, and that one of them liked to drink the leftover liquid after my grandmother finished churning butter. I was not aware of how much English they spoke – enough to greet a little girl – but they must have been able to communicate with my grandparents. They liked both of them very much and my grandfather kept in touch with them after they returned to Germany.

  4. There was a POW camp about 1-2 miles away from where we live in Pasco County, Florida.

  5. My Dad was a Medical Service Corps officer at the POW camp at Douglas, Wyoming, his first posting after OCS. My Mother was very pregnant at the time, and went to Douglas (where her brother’s wife lived while he was in Europe). So I was born in Douglas, “to be near my mother” 😉 My parents always spoke warmly of friendships with the POWs, and heard from several of them after the war. People are always surprised when I tell them where I was born and why—Never heard of POW camps in the US!

  6. My Uncle served at the Camp Atlanta (Atlanta, NE near Holdrege, NE). I believe that it was a large German POW Camp with 3000 German POWs, I am not quite sure if that is acurate. I believe the prisioners were hired out to nearby farmers. I believe I understand that the prisioners were all draftees and any hard core Nazis were sent elsewhere.

    • Camp Atlanta was one of the biggest in the US. It had several satellite camps. I believe they processed over 200,000 POWs

  7. My German grandfather was in the Afrika Corp., was captured and brought to Aliceville, AL. I have one letter from him while he was in the camp to my Mother who was living in Passau, Germany where she was born and raised. My Mother was in Ravensbruck concentration camp in Germany in 1944/45 as a political dissident. She was Catholic and didn’t acknowledge an SS officer as he passed by her so they shipped her off. Without success, I have tried to find any documents of the prisoners in Aliceville, AL camp. My Mother did relate the fact that he loved the way the Americans treated them and she said he said they even served the prisoner’s beer with meals!

    • I read the novel Ravensbruck a couple of years ago. It took me about 4 weeks to finish it because I had to stop reading several times because it was so intense, so detailed in its descriptions of the conditions for the women there.

  8. Does anyone have knowledge of a prison camp near Lyndhurst, Virginia?

    • Hi-It is very possible, as there were several camps in the very southeast of Virginia. A good book is “Nazi Prisoners of War in America” by Arnold Krammer. Also has good resources in the back of the book. Try the International Red Cross as well if you are looking for someone.

    • Ref Bonnie Williams’ comment. As one of his history students I helped Dr. Krammer research his book, and we found amazing stories. My home town of Kaufman TX had a camp. According to citizens from that time the US government was saying we were winning the war, but the POWs Kaufman saw were tan, healthy, and in good spirits. It made them wonder who was really winning. POWs mostly chopped cotton in Kaufman. A farmer told me that as he watched them work, a POW threw down his hoe and said, “Well, Hitler said by 1944 we would be in America. And here we are, chopping cotton.” The camp in Huntsville TX was in a dry county, yet the German POWs were given 3-2 beer (a weak version of beer). Many more great stories. Read the book.

  9. I was 7 years old when Pearl Harbor brought us into the war. We lived about 10 minutes from Westover Army Base in Chicopee Massachusetts. Every morning I remember running out to watch the convoy of trucks carrying “German Prisoners of War pass past our house to the tobacco fields and how much I enjoyed waving to them as they went by. They returned my waves as enthusiastically as I gave them. Then, every evening I ran to wave to them as they were returning to the base. I have a sister (very pretty blonde) who is 9 years older than I and when she accompanied me with my waving, somehow the prisoners seemed ever more enthusiastic with laughter and whistling. I wonder why???!!! I was innocent and was not aware of the significance of the description of these friendly and very nice people as someone I shouldn’t be friendly back to them. Well, as I am prone to say, “In the dictionary, the definition for the word ‘war’, should be stupid, absurd, etc., etc.

  10. I recently visited the former POW camp located at Fort Stanton New Mexico. Very interesting to walk around the old building remnants constructed by the prisoners, they even have signage in German in them. It is a part of American history this I honestly did not no much about, and glad I had the opportunity to see it. Looks like when they were finished with it and sent the POWs back home, they just shut the doors and let nature take it course. The years have no been kind to those crumbling buildings but they are in fact, remains of the past.

  11. Is anyone aware of a prisoner camp for Japanes solders located in Griffith Park in Los Angeles during WW2?

  12. My husband’s grandparents had a farm, and the German POWs from Ft. Reno, OK worked on that farm. Both sons were in the service, and they were so happy to have the help. In addition, it gave our German Grandpa an opportunity to practice the native tongue of his parents.

  13. My high school senior year paper was written on this subject. I found it an even more intriguing topic after discovering my Maternal grandfather was a German Pow

  14. Research Camp Swift outside of Bastrop Texas’.

  15. A local farmer from outside of Westminster, MD shared with me pictures of POWs he had working for him. They were harvesting and processing wormseed on his farm. The camp was just north of Westminster.

  16. I am 81 years old and remember asking my Grandfather , when I was 16, how it was possible for the people of a civilized nation like Germany to have been converted so easily to the Nazi vision. Now, at my age watching the growing division of my country, the split in families, my own included, it gives me pause, when thinking about WWII; and all those that followed in the 20th century. The civil conversation here and memories of all of you have shared, give me hope. Has our country done somethings wrong? of course. But I remember blackouts, camouflage netting over hwy 101 in San Diego, food stamps and fear when I was young. And now I remember 9/11! Better we discuss how not to repeat the past.

    • I am 84 years old and I also remember being so afraid on the East Coast. We, as children, discussed where we would hide if we were invaded. We had black-outs, had special black-out shades, certain foods were rationed (sugar, meat, etc., etc.) and I remember my grandmother asking for the meat bones at the meat market, diluting a can of milk with water, and mixing oleo margarine in a plastic bag with a color pellet. Today I cannot eat margarine and don’t like fried bologna. I remember having nightmares and running into my parent’s bedroom crying from the nightmares from an invasion. I can only imagine how very difficult and frightening it was for those in Europe and England who were living the horror.

    • I read all of these messages and yours was my favorite. I agree. Man (or Woman) that doesn’t learn from the past is doomed to repeat it. I truly hope our country can come back together. Not to sound too political but how about if we make our country kind again?

  17. For an excellent read, a true story and soon to be released movie on POW camps in the US, read Playing with the Enemy, by Gary Moore. A good “prequel” to read is U-505, about the capture of this U-boat (and the significant “coding device” that was captured), and the German sailors who ended up in a “secret” camp in LA.

    • “The Train to Crystal City” by Jan Jarboe Russell is an excellent account of the internment camp at Crystal City, Texas.

    • That camp was in the town of Ruston in north Louisiana. The captured U-boat is in the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago. Fascinating exhibit well worth the trip.

  18. I live West if I-94 in Kenosha County. There was a prisoner of war camp in Brighton, Wisconsin. The men lived on what is now a camp, but at the time was owned by the Fox Family. I was told the prisoners worked on Dairy farms in the area. They seemed to be liked, trusted to some degree.

  19. They had German POW’s in western NY. They built many of the
    Pavilion’s and structures in Hamlin Beach State Park and some of the bridges, buildings &a walkways in Letchworth State Park. Interesting local stories of the pow’s going shopping in the town and villages.

  20. My father was a guard at a POW camp near Roanoke, VA but I don’t know the name of it. I wish I could ask him about it. He didn’t speak of his war experiences much and I didn’t know what to ask.

  21. Does anyone know if there was a pow camp in north philadelphia around 22nd and lehigh sts. Someone said there was some kind of camp there.

    • My cousin Niki surrendered to the Americans in Italy bec the Italians wanted to kill him and he had many American friends and relatives. His brother also very young died in Russia, weather shot or frozen to death or starved to death we will never know. Hitler sent them there in Spring uniforms and wouldn’t let them retreat and no one came with supplies or winter uniforms. There was only a year difference in age from Niki. Niki von Mach later became a general in NATO, a German diplomat in India and a representative for Germany in the European Market. He died in his 90s surrounded by his family in Belgium

  22. I lived a half a block north of a national cemetery at Limekiln Pike and Haines St. Where POW’s we’re digging graves. The cemetery had a large iron fence around it and the prisoners did not approach. There were gun towers at the corners. I was 5 or six years old. This cemetery was in the West Oak Lane or Germantown neighbored section of Philadelphia, PA. God bless the fallen and the POW’s who learned to love the USA.

  23. Does anyone know about the camp at what was Fort Jackson, SC? I have only found a little info so far and I had a great uncle there. I sure is difficult to get info on German soldiers.

  24. Where would someone go to find info on POW camps in Canada during the Second World War? My father worked at Kapuskasing, Ontario.

    • There were POW camps and there were also internee camps filled with alien Germans and alien Italians living in the UK. In 1940 Chruchill said, “Round ’em up!” and they were sent to Canada for the duration of the war. I have shirt-tail Italian relatives who were on the S. S. Arandora Star which was filled with over 1500 of those alien POWs and while on its way to Canada it was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland and nearly half of passengers and crew were drowned on 2 Jul 1940. This is resident alien “solution” was probably where FDR got the idea to round up the Japanese and send them off to camps.
      The survivors of the Arandora Star were sent to Australia a couple of weeks later. Stories by survivors from there reported that conditions on the ship and at the camps were very hard and corruption was rife among the keepers.
      I also have a family connection who was being sent to Canada and his brother was on the Arandora Star list. Gino got his brother transferred to his ship.

  25. Many years ago I met an old guy in Phoenix who was a POW and ended up in a camp in the UP of Michigan. Upon their arrival to the camp they were marched into the dining hall for their first meal. Each table had a large cans of peanut butter and jam, and loaves of white bread. When the meal came out it was fried chicken and mashed potatoes. He said they were immediately concerned and fearful thinking this was a prelude to being executed, or that the food was poisoned. Then some of the other POWs who had been at the camp came in and said “No! This is the way we eat here. The food here is wonderful!” Back in the war they had been eating cold cabbage soup. He said he vowed then and there that he was going to live in the US after the war…and he did so.

  26. According to my father who immigrated from Germany in the early 30’s, one of his brothers who fought for the Nazi’s in WWII was captured and interred in a POW camp in Michigan. My dad has long since passed away and this is all the information I have. I have tried to find lists of the German POWs held in any of the Michigan camps to add to my father’s and uncle’s story, but haven’t had any luck yet. Where might I search for that information?

  27. I think we treated the POWs better than the U.S. citizens of German and Japanese descent held in the internment camps.

  28. The information that you have provided is quite interesting, although I do believe there are some important sites of POW camps missing, especially in Michigan. By my research, there were 5 POW camps in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in that era, the largest possibly being the one in Au Train. This is a harsh environment, especially in the winter. I did not even know this fact of any POW camps being anywhere in Michigan until reading a novel by John Smollens, entitled Wolf’s Mouth, which was quite good by the way. While not being a true Yooper, originally from Detroit and considered a troll by the Yoopers, I have managed to tour the whole UP of Michigan, and it is fascinating in it’s beauty. I wish I had known about the Au Train history prior to my last visit, as I would like to have explored the town, as I do not believe there are many remnants of the camp.

    • Sherry Nash, Your president “bone spur” deserves more bashing than any President I can remember. I am 75 years old, and have never seen anything like this abomination in the Oval Office. As for the interment of American citizens of Japanese and German and Italian descent, just because of their heritage, denying the fact that they were American citizens, that is an offense that I am sure that even FDR would be regretting. I now live in Texas and discovered an interesting book entitled “The Train to Crystal City”, about an internment camp near the border area of Texas. Read it, as it is a very informative look at what was done to these American citizens during WWII. And now, what is being done to asylum seekers and immigrants in general along the border, is not what I believe America represents! Inhumane treatment of anyone is not what America should ever be exhibiting, and that is exactly what is happening to families and children on the border.

  29. My family lived near a POW camp in Rillito, Az. It was near the railroad tracks where we lived. My older sisters remember it but I was too small. At first it was mainly Italians, but when Italy changed sides, they were sent home, then it was mainly Germans. My sisters were afraid to get too close. The prisoners would call out “Lif, Lif!” What they wanted was Life magazine or any kind of magazine.
    The prisoners would pick cotton like the locals did, but not in the same fields.

  30. My husband’s family was interned in Tule Lake Internment Camp, CA in early 1942. They were fruit and rice farmers of Japanese descent and lost all their property and savings. They were considered to be “enemy aliens” even though they were born in the United States and were citizens. Tule Lake Camp was known to have agitators who staged many protests about their treatment. Those “No-No” boys were arrested and sent to the Tule Lake POW camp for Italian POW’s on the other side of town. While there, the status of these men changed from internees to POW’s. They built the barracks for the Italian POWs, cooked the food, cleaned the camp, had gardens. For some reason they were treated and fed better than their families at the Internment Camps. I did not learn of these camps in school. I am married to a Japanese-American son of former internees and have had many long talks with my mother-in-law and her relatives.

    • There is no question in my (74yr old) mind that the interment of Japanese – American citizens after Pearl Harbor, was a great injustice, but partly understandable given the times. As I understand it and to their honor and credit, some fought as GI’s in Italy later on during the war and maybe other European theaters, too. Their service to our country during that war has helped illuminate that injustice and I honor their memory just as well as my dad’s (Army Air Corp),his brother (Navy) and my father-in-law (Army).

  31. My husband was an MP during WW11. He was stationed at POW camp Weingarten, Farmington, Missouri. Some Italian POW’s were sent to my small home town along the Missouri River to work in the boat yards. This is where I met this tall, good looking young man (from California) who would become my husband. When we married in Feb 1945 one of the Italian POW’s gave us his rosery. We were not Catholic but, he was. It was his most prized possession & he appreciated his POW treatment that he was willing to give it up, just to show us of his appreciation I was impressed at how much the POW’s liked not only our country but, their treatment as POW’s. They constantly mentioned their wish to stay here after the war would end. It finally ended & my MP husband’s last service to our country ended when he was one of the POW’s that sailed the Ocean blue to return them to their home country,

  32. My Mother remember the German coming to Kinsey, Montana to work on the farms. I do not see any of the camps in Montana. I was just wondering if they came to Kinsey where the POWs would have came from.

    • In MT history there are some articles about them. I was 9 years old when the war started. I know that Chinook and other places along the Milk River Valley where they raised sugar beets had them. They used them for hoeing the beets.

    • Thee were three satellite bases attached to Great Falls Army Air Corps. One in Lewiston, Cutbank and Glasgow MT.
      They may have come to your area from Glasgow. They worked around Nashua,Mt where my mother was raised.

  33. Camp Fannin, just north of Tyler, Texas was used to train an Army Division. When they left it was in a hurry. A tank, 50 cal MG and munitions have been found over the years.

    There’s a monument in the front of UT Health Center on Hwy 271 where it intersects with Hwy 155.

    When the Army left, it became a German POW Camp and the POWs lived in the barracks and used all the facilities the U.S. soldiers did.

    Some barracks still standing, some were sold and moved around East Texas and used for stores, warehouses and one home that I know of. The original laundry building became a refrigerated rose packing plant.

    Off he subject, but today I found that there were Japanese Americans interred in Arkansas during WWII.

    • Truman Powell: FYI There were 10 WRA Concentration Camps, one WRA Prison Camp, 15 Temporary Concentration Camps, and 18 Department of Justice Interment Camps across the United States. Four of those DOJ camps were in Texas.

  34. Jack La Peer: My husband and I are Viet Nam vets. We both were Physical Therapists. You might be interested to learn that my father was sent to Germany from Ft. Snelling in Mpls, MN. He was part of the liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp. My father-in-law, a Japanese American from Northern CA, was DRAFTED by the US Army in March, 1941, nine months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was in a fully integrated Company (Asian/white) that was supposed to translate Imperial Army war memos and orders. When 7 Dec 1941 happened, the Army did not know what to do with these draftees so gave them a choice: take a honorable discharge and enter the camps with their families, or stay in the service, but be transferred to any place west of CA. He chose the second and was sent to Ft. Snelling. My husband’s parents and mine were married at Ft. Snelling. Thirty years later, I married and those two old-time vets had LOTS to talk about.

  35. Prior to Dec. 7, 1941, our family lived across the road from a Japinese family who raised carrots on their farm. I was 10 years old and remember having dinner at there house several times I suspect it was because we did not have food in our house. The house/ farm was located at the intersection of Lankershim Blvd. and Kittrige St. North Hollywood, Ca. I have never forgotten them and wonder what was there names and what happened to them.

    • You might be able to find their names on old 1940 census records through Ancestry.com, Family Search or at the Library of Congress (which is usually available on line). Search for your family’s name for that location.
      Good Luck

  36. My father was a prisoner of war twice once in 1942 were he escaped and again in 1944 and was beaten tortured starved and toward the end of the war was put on a force March where if you were to slow or fell 0ut you were shot he was freed by the pradazons whom he fought with until meeting up with Americas. Reading those stories disturbed me do on to others as you’d have done to you America should have treated them the same.

  37. I heard there was a POW camp between Jena and Jonesville, LA near Whitehall. I have always wanted to know more about whether that is true.

  38. I understand there was a POW camp in the desert in Arizona. They didn’t have to worry about escapees as they were in the middle of the desert so couldn’t get very far before getting really thirsty and, in the summer, burned to a crisp.
    Just a story I heard.

  39. If anyone interested in POW Camp Papago in Phoenix Az It is the site of the Largest German POW escape on Xmas eve 1944 There is a book The Faustball Tunnel by John Hammond Moore Also a free article in Phoenix New Times written by Robert L. Pela , Called Flight From Phoenix

  40. Montana had POW Camps also during the war. Glasgow Air Base a B17 training base, which was just above a hill on the north side of the town. They used for farm labor, they were feed there noon meal by the farms used them. I bread that some of them feed them good and others didn’t. I’m not sure when the brought them in but it had to be about 1943. I understand that they had some radical Nazi that kept the POW’s in line making sure they didn’t get to friendly with Americans.

  41. The German prisoners were treated better than the black servicemen that were serving and fighting for our country.
    In the southern part of the country they were allowed to eat in restaurants that black servicemen were banned from eating.

  42. The barracks were still standing in Hoopeston Illinois when I was growing up in 60s and housed migrant labor to work in the asparagus, tomato and other fields.

  43. My great aunt was a Dr. in the Wehrmacht and after desertion was brought to the US where she met and married my Great Uncle, also a Dr. My father a young teenager during the war worked in the fields with German POWs.

  44. There was a German POW camp in Windsor, Sonoma County ,California. The local farmers would pick up a flat bed truck load usually with one or two guards and take them to work in the orchards picking fruit. The also picked hops. The Windsor Museum & Historical Society has a display with pictures and articles. There are some building foundations still visible but most of the area is now houses.

    • Thanks, Clara Brock, for this info. I live in Santa Rosa and I’m going to check this museum out. I had no idea!

  45. Ft Lawton,, located next to an upscale residential area of Seattle, WA, held two barracks of Italian POWs during WW2. After Italy capitulated and switched sides, the Italian prisoners were given greater freedom and could romantically date U.S. females who lived near-by. A group of ‘negro’ soldiers, as the Army was segregated by race at that time, became emotionally upset about how they were treated by the same women (perhaps as 2nd class individuals), and physically assaulted one of the Italian barracks, killing two of the prisoners. The murdered Italian prisoners are now buried in Ft Lawton’s U.S. Army Cemetary at Ft Lawton in Seattle, WA.

  46. While vacationing in Rome years ago, the hotel doorman told us he was an Italian prisoner of war in California, and that it was nice. I asked my mom later how could it have been nice, and she said “Oh, they weren’t treated badly”.

  47. Ft. McClellan in Alabama was a German POW camp . I remember seeing the POW cemetery there.

  48. My uncle, capt. Charles Roydon Hood, was stationed at one of these German POW camps during WWII. I have several oil paintings presented to him by one of the prisoners hang proudly in my home. I have always wondered what camp my uncle so proudly served in. The oils are signed so I have a last name only. Any help available in my search would be appreciated.

  49. These comments are consistent with an experience I had in Germany in 1986. My wife and I were having a glass of wine in a wine cellar along the Mosel River, when two men approached our table. They asked if we were Americans, and if they could speak with us. We didn’t know what to think, but we said, “OK.” They told us that they had been POW’s in WWII. They were required to do farm work near a POW camp in Colorado. They said that they had been treated very well, and had no desire to escape. After the war ended, while they were waiting to be returned to Germany, they were invited to Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas. They kept in touch with their new friends and visited each other over the years. Even their children became friends, wrote back and forth and visited each other. I wrote an article about this which was published in the May, 2019, issue of Catholic Digest; it’s called, “Enemies No More.”

    • What a wonderful story. We lived in Germany for four years (1970-1974) while my husband was stationed there. The majority of Germans accept the U.S. and have learned to speak English with them. Of course, there are a few who are still very angry. We traveled with friends in Germany from Bitburg A.B. where we were all stationed to Weisbaden (she was a German who married an American G.I. years ago) and when we returned to base after the trip, we were informed that a German citizen had reported us to authorities for passing in a no-passing zone. The German woman who was with us on the trip said that it was not true. However, the military attorney told us to pay the fine and let it go, so we did. Aside from that incident, we really loved living in Germany and traveling throughout Europe.

    • I was in East Germany when the wall came down. Not all East Grmans were friendly to touring Americans even those like me, who was of German ancestry and whose cousins were in the German army, Oberleutenent and Oberst. 1st lieutenants and colonels and one admiral, whose ship went down and one 1st lieutenant died in Russia. One became a general in NATO.

    • You must have some wonderful stories to tell about your relatives of the WWII era. I would love to hear them or read about them.

  50. I was born late 1943 but rememeber prisoners being marched past our home about 1/2 mile from the Hunters Run train station, Cumberland County PA about 20 miles from Harrisburg. They were marched about a mile up route 34, 7 miles on the Pine Grove Road and then about a mile up Miochaux Road to the camp. My dad worked at Adams Apple in Apsers PA, now Duffy Mott a subsidiary of Canteberry Schwepps. He was a mechanic at the plant but also drove a truck from our home to the camp, picked up prisoners each day, then returned them to the camp each night. One of those was a 38 year old prisoner Georg Hertig who worked with my dad. He was hanged by fellow prisoners and is burried at Camp Meade. The military called it a suicide in spite of his hands being tied behind his back The prisoners worked in farms, factories and forests, yes, they cut trees. I have done newspaper searches and some of this is from memory. The repartiation was started about 2/46 and most were gone by planting time. Local farmers were complaining of the loss of work force, that year was the beginning of migrants, mostly from Jamacia and Puerto Rica.