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Any details on German POW camps in the area?
« on: May 20, 2014, 09:56:00 AM »

I have heard reference to the one in Dundee but not a lot of detail (where was it, how many POWs  were there, what did they do?  that kind of info).  Seems like I've read something about the one in Milan too.

Ft. Wayne (in Detroit) is where I got drafted.  I never thought about that being used to house POWs either.

Here's a list from the website:   http://www.giftbasketsfrommichigan.com/blog/michigan-history/the-german-pow-camps-of-michigan-during-wwii/

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List of German POW Camps in Michigan:

Camp Allegan
Camp AuTrain
Barryton, Mecosta County, MI
Benton Harbor, Berrien County, MI
Blissfield, Lenawee County, MI
Caro, Tuscola County, MI
Coloma, Berrien County, MI
Croswell, Sanilac County, MI
Fort Custer, Galesburg, MI
Dundee, Monroe County, MI
Camp Evelyn – Alger County, MI
Freeland, Saginaw County, MI
Fremont, Newaygo County, MI
Camp Germfask – Germfask, MI
Grant, Newaygo County, MI
Grosse Ile Township, Wayne County, MI
Hart, Oceana County, MI
Camp Lake Odessa, Ionia County, MI
Mattawan, Van Buren County, MI
Mass, Ontonagon County, MI
Milan (USFR), Monroe and Washtenaw Counties, MI
Odessa Lakes, Tuscola County, MI
Camp Owosso – Shiawassee County
Camp Pori – Upper Peninsula
Camp Raco – Upper Peninsula near Sault Ste. Marie
Romulus Army Air Field, Wayne County, MI
Shelby, Oceana County, MI
Camp Sidnaw – Sidnaw, MI
Sparta, Kent County, MI
Wayne (Fort), Detroit, Wayne County, MI
Waterloo, Jackson County, MI
Wetmore, Alger County, MI


Anyone that can add any info please do post!
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Re: Any details on German POW camps in the area?
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2014, 10:05:38 AM »

There was one not far from here in Port Clinton Ohio. Erie ordinance depot.
My dad worked there and told about the German and Italian prisoners.
A lot of them were used to work on farms in NW Ohio.  Farming, building barns, putting up fences etc.
Quite ironically a German that lived in a small town close to Kaiserslautern  where I stayed for a few months was a prisoner at Erie according to one of my neighbors there.  I never did get to meet him though.
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Re: Any details on German POW camps in the area?
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2014, 10:10:14 AM »

There was one not far from here in Port Clinton Ohio. Erie ordinance depot.
My dad worked there and told about the German and Italian prisoners.
A lot of them were used to work on farms in NW Ohio.  Farming, building barns, putting up fences etc.
Quite ironically a German that lived in a small town close to Kaiserslautern  where I stayed for a few months was a prisoner at Erie according to one of my neighbors there.  I never did get to meet him though.

I would assume that they probably would have been used for similar tasks here too.  Thanks for that personal note.  Interesting that you mention the Italian prisoner too... 
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Re: Any details on German POW camps in the area?
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2014, 10:29:08 AM »

There was one not far from here in Port Clinton Ohio. Erie ordinance depot.
My dad worked there and told about the German and Italian prisoners.
A lot of them were used to work on farms in NW Ohio.  Farming, building barns, putting up fences etc.
Quite ironically a German that lived in a small town close to Kaiserslautern  where I stayed for a few months was a prisoner at Erie according to one of my neighbors there.  I never did get to meet him though.

I bought my stereo system in K-town a couple years ago! :)
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Re: Any details on German POW camps in the area?
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2014, 10:50:09 AM »

We had one of Hitler's Youth living at our farm...  I believe he came after the war, not a prisoner.   he painted the barn and left his initials on the underside of the peak.   I'm told he still ls in the area.

I guess I should have inquired more when I was younger, but I had a few friends who's dad's guarded POW's - they have since passed.
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2014, 10:55:13 AM »

I bought my stereo system in K-town a couple years ago! :)

A couple?

I've still got a pretty nice Teac reel to reel tape deck I bought in Kitzingen...  also one of the K-towns of the day ;) ;) ;)
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2014, 10:56:40 AM »

Ok, ok, 40 years ago~ LOL

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Re: Any details on German POW camps in the area?
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2014, 10:58:11 AM »

We had one of Hitler's Youth living at our farm...  I believe he came after the war, not a prisoner.   he painted the barn and left his initials on the underside of the peak.   I'm told he still ls in the area.

I guess I should have inquired more when I was younger, but I had a few friends who's dad's guarded POW's - they have since passed.

Off on a bit of a tangent but I remember all the murals painted on barns back in the 50s and 60s. 

I remember one on 23 southbound even here in Michigan about seeing some cave in Tennessee... 

barn painting advertising at it's best!

I just saw someone painting an ad on a barn on N. Telegraph up around Carleton or Flat Rock.  Maybe it will make a comeback 8* 8* 8*
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« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2014, 10:58:47 AM »

Ok, ok, 40 years ago~ LOL

Don't worry...

I'm not counting by any means ;) ;) ;)
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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2014, 03:09:28 PM »

Off on a bit of a tangent but I remember all the murals painted on barns back in the 50s and 60s. 

I remember one on 23 southbound even here in Michigan about seeing some cave in Tennessee... 

barn painting advertising at it's best!

I just saw someone painting an ad on a barn on N. Telegraph up around Carleton or Flat Rock.  Maybe it will make a comeback 8* 8* 8*

There's one on the South side of the road heading towards Dundee on M-50
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Re: Any details on German POW camps in the area?
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2014, 03:50:44 PM »

I lived in K-town after moving from the little farm town on the other side of the PX.  I worked at the Panzer Kaserne which was at the other end of Ktown.
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« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2014, 03:59:45 PM »

Nice :)
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« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2014, 04:54:48 PM »

Erie,  you mentioned buying something in K-town.  Were you there in the service or were you an Army brat?
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Re: Any details on German POW camps in the area?
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2014, 04:58:27 PM »

I was in the WAC back in the early 70's.


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Re: Any details on German POW camps in the area?
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2014, 05:00:19 PM »

Ah,  I was stationed in K-town in 66-67
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