Site of German Prisoner of War Camp Known as Camp Tonkawa

Site of German Prisoner of War Camp Known as Camp Tonkawa (HM151R)

Location: Tonkawa, OK 74653 Kay County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 41.734', W 97° 18.157'

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World War II

— Jan. 1943 - Sept. 1945 —

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Between October and December 1942 more than 900 construction workers labored 24 hours a day to build Camp Tonkawa on the quarter section immediately north of this marker SE? Sec 28-26N-1W. The 160 acre site contained more than 180 wooden structures for 3,000 German P.O.W.s as well as 500 U.S. Army guard troops, service personnel, and civilian employees. Activated in January 1943 the post received its first prisoners in August, German troops of Afrika Corps captured in North Africa.

The facility operated at or near capacity throughout its existence. Prisoners worked on area farms and ranches as well as at an alfalfa dryer plant in Tonkawa. In November 1943, a disturbance among the prisoners resulted in the death of one German soldier. Eight P.O.W.s escaped from the camp but all were re-captured. Camp Tonkawa closed in September 1945 and the P.O.W.s were returned to Europe.

[Dedicated] July 4, 2002

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Related artifacts displayed at McCarter Museum of Tonkawa History
Original base for the
Entrance Gate Post
HM NumberHM151R
Year Placed2002
Placed ByTonkawa Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 8:23am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 651632 N 4062443
Decimal Degrees36.69556667, -97.30261667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 41.734', W 97° 18.157'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 41' 44.04" N, 97° 18' 9.42" W
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Area Code(s)580
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3054 Oak St, Tonkawa OK 74653, US
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