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Old 02-20-2010, 09:15 AM   #16
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Here's a website devoted to Camp Hearne...


http://nautarch.tamu.edu/anth/waters/
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Old 02-20-2010, 09:19 AM   #17
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There is one in Tipton OK as well. There is one building left-I think.
Also one at Camp Gruber, OK.
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:05 AM   #18
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I agree that most were probably happy to be done with the war. I only found one case where someone tried and successfully escaped. Kurt Richard Westphal escaped from Camp Bastrop (also in Texas) and was later captured in Hamburg.

It's surprising how many POW camps there were in the US.
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:15 AM   #19
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POW Camps

I too am surprised at the number of POW camps there were in the U.S. I ran into one in Tule Lake California near the Oregon border. I thought they were all in the desert.
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:58 AM   #20
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Tried to locate the site on google maps and it puts it in a different location than the website. Is the entrance off 190 or is it at the end of the North end of the runway?

Never mind. Found it!
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:19 PM   #21
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German POW Camps

My father in law served as an MP guard at one camp in Texas. This was 1944 to 45. He said majority of POWs in 44 and early 44 were Afrika Korps prisoners. He said first thing they would do was to seperate the Nazis from the others. If they didn't, the Nazis would be found hung in the bathroom next morning.
Guards were not permitted fire arms within compound. They carried nightsticks. Many of the German enlisted volunteered for farm labor. They new their war was over and wanted to do something productive. Officers were segregated from enlisted and noncoms. His experience with the German officers was not positive.
After VE Day, he participated in German prisoner of war repatriation. Of course only the Army would do this. They shipped the prisoners and guards on troop trains from Texas to Los Angeles. Boarded a troop ship, which then proceeded to sail through the Panama Canal , Gulf of Mexico to Liverpool. He said the prisoners were then unloaded in Liverpoo. The Brits then took charge put the Germans to work clearing the rubble of Liverpool.
I do not remember the name of his camp. He died May 31 2009.
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:22 PM   #22
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POW Camps

I also remember my uncle telling us about being a POW guard near Plattsburg New York. He guarded Italian POW's.
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:34 PM   #23
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I found the historical marker interesting, the NCO's do not work. The same flag waving assholes from another era kick back while the "enlisted" pay the price.
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