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Photos of Camp Germfask

There is not a great deal of collected memorabilia related to Camp Germfask during its time as a CCC and POW camp in the 1930s and 40s, though certainly scraps are around….  Bob Taunt send in these photos that he…

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POWs at Ft.McCoy

The first POW arriving to Camp McCoy on March 9, 1942 was Ensign Kazua Sakamaki, the first Japanese POW of WWII. He had been the commander of a midget submarine captured off of Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1941.[4] Camp…

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Sparta, MI German POW Camp

Sparta, Michigan is considered one the most fruitful apple cities in the country. Lesser known is their involvement in World War II as a host of a POW Camp in 1944. On the Northeast Corner of Gardner and in the…

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Fort Mackinac from 1815 to the Civil War

After the War of 1812, the military significance of Fort Mackinac slowly declined. As it was no longer needed to defend against British forces in Canada, it was used as a troop reserve and an important fur trading post. The fort was…

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Johnson’s Island POW Camp

Named for the man who previously owned the island, the Johnson’s Island Prison was constructed to hold Confederate officers captured during the Civil War. Overall, the Johnson’s Island Prison facility can be regarded as one of the better POW camps of…

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Camp Germfask, Germfask MI

Camp Germfask is a forgotten Civilian Conservation Corps camp located in Germfask, Michigan. During World War II, the camp was used to house conscientious objectors. It was a small camp, with cabins situated along a stream. Today, the buildings are…

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Sidnaw, MI WWII POW Camp

In the heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,  one mile west of the small town of Sidnaw, a POW Camp held 251 Germans from February of 1944 until April of 1946. The POWs held there experienced a much friendlier environment than…

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