My father-in-law has always been reluctant to talk about his wartime service. 
This was due to the fact that he was a POW camp guard, and in his mind not a 
worthy contribution to the war effort.

He's never really opened up about it at length, but we know that he guarded 
German prisoners at Camp Atterbury in south central Indiana, close to the town 
he grew up in, Ninevah, IN.

What we do know is that many of the POWs were used as farm laborers and were 
well thought of by the locals. They welcomed the into their homes and became 
friends with many of them.  From what we were told a number of them either 
remained in the area after the war or returned on their own to live in the area.

There was a large German community in Indianapolis, so I am sure some might 
have headed that way. The area I grew up in on the south side of Indianapolis 
had a lot of first generation German immigrants who were farmers.


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> On Jul 21, 2014, at 2:19 PM, Rich Thomas via Mercedes <> 
> wrote:
> Y'all old retired guys ought to make this a project to figure it out.  Check 
> with the military, who probably ran the POW camps and farm programs, see if 
> there are any records of who was in the area, who absconded, etc. and you 
> could probably track down their identities and what if anything ever happened 
> to them.  I vaguely recall from somewhere that a lot of these guys ended up 
> staying in the US because they liked it here, and things were pretty bad back 
> home after the war.  They might still be around, or have family or something.
> google:
> german pow camps us world war 2
> german pow camps north carolina world war 2
> german pow camps north carolina world war 2 escape
> Though there were a total of twenty-­nine escape attempts from North Carolina 
> POW camps, only one was “successful.” In 1959 Kurt Rossmeisl—a Camp Butner 
> escapee from the war years—turned himself in to the FBI in Cincinnati.
> By the spring of 1946, the final POWs had left North Carolina and American 
> shores. More than half of them spent another year or two as prisoners in 
> England or France, helping to restore those war-torn countries. But many 
> former POWs returned to their native countries with good feelings toward 
> America. Over the last several decades, the author of this article has talked 
> with many former German POWs who spent time in North Carolina and other 
> states, meeting only a handful with negative feelings about their time in 
> America. They generally were treated well and met with inherent friendliness 
> from their guards and civilian agricultural employers. Since the end of the 
> war, many POWs, including Max Reiter, have visited North Carolina and been 
> well received.
> Read the comments on this article
> Of the tens of thousands of POWs in the United States during World War II, 
> only 2,222, less than 1 percent, tried to escape, and most were quickly 
> rounded up. By 1946, all prisoners had been returned to their home countries.
> --R
>> On 7/21/14 2:15 AM, archer75--- via Mercedes wrote:
>> Trained German saboteurs landed from a sub whose mission went awry; American 
>> draft dodgers of German ancestry; captured German soldiers (North Africa?) 
>> who had walked off from farms where they had been pla


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