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Sunday, May 24, 2015

WW11 POW Cemetery At Fort Gordon, GA

One little known fact is that almost every fort and camp in the United States had Prisoners of War assigned to them. 

There were about 700 POW camps with about 425,000 prisoners in total.  Most prisoners were German.

Camp Gordon, Georgia was no exception. Look at this tape HERE 

Between 2,000 and 4,000 prisoners were assigned to each camp or fort and they worked in the fields, highways, county roads and beautification of the grounds.

After the war, most POWs were reunified with their countries.  Surprisingly, thousands of Germans, once repatriated, made requests to return to the U.S. in order to start a new life.  

Being in the United States as a POW was far more livable than those who became POWs of the Russians.  About 3.5 million Germans became prisoners of the Russians and, of those, about 381,000 died.  

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Every year, around November, tribute is paid to the 22  WW2 Prisoners of War who are buried just inside Gate 2 at Fort Gordon.  

Not every soldier buried there died at Camp Gordon.  The list of all of these soldiers is at the bottom of this post. 

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Civilian and military representatives pay their respects.

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Wreaths are laid at the graves by military and civilian representatives from the Augusta area.

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This is the grave site of the only Italian POW in the cemetery.

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The white chains and posts enclose the burial grounds of the 21 German Prisoners of War. 

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These wreaths and headstones are reminders of the unfortunate young men who died so far away from their native country.

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