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Something you might not have known: German POWs in Augusta

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Early in World War II, the Allies faced a dilemma. They were winning battles in the North African campaign and found themselves in charge of thousands of German and Italian prisoners of war. The decision was made to send them to internment camps in the United States, and some of those POWs ended up...

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  1. Scott, you left out what I think is the most intriguing part of this story. At the cemetery at Fort Gordon, the Italian Soldier is buried by himself, about 100 ft from the entire German internment. I have often wondered if this was the request of the Italian soldier or the Germans.

  2. My dad was a teenager living on Kings Way in 1942. He remembered seeing the German prisoners parading down Arsenal Ave. In 1945, at age 17, he enlisted in the Navy, with my grandfather’s permission, joining his big brother Louie (Army Air Corps) in the war effort. Duty, sacrifice, and love for God and Country were the ideals of that Greatest Generation. May we never again be faced with so great a threat, but remain strong in resolve to preserve the “American Way”, no matter the pressure to appease.

  3. Had classes with Dr Cashin for American history, and he would always tell us what was happening in Augusta at the same times in history. He would include a few stories of these POWs going on an occasional exercise “march”, which was more of a stroll in lines through Summerville. Every once in a while, a POW would come up missing, later to be found by the police, drinking lemonade on someone’s porch.
    I sure miss Dr Cashin’s classes.

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