World War II Prison Camp

World War II Prison Camp (HM223C)

Location: Statesboro, GA 30458 Bulloch County
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N 32° 27.717', W 81° 46.217'

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In 1943-45, German and Italian prisoners of war harvested peanuts for Bulloch County's farmers, as well as pulling corn, collecting pecans, cutting cane, and helping with general farm jobs. Georgia was suffering from a severe labor shortage with so many local men serving in the armed forces. The Fourth Service Command authorized POWs for use in areas with the most acute shortage. On this location in 1944, the War Department built a camp to house approximately 150 POWs and soldiers with the 475th Military Police Escort Guard Company during the harvest season. The prisoners worked for 12-14 hour days and were paid between 40-80 cents per day in canteen benefits. In 1944, they harvested 57,000 stacks of peanuts and 110,000 1945.

Peanuts were an unfamiliar crop to the Germans and Italians and some hoped to take seeds home with them after the war. The local paper noted that though they worked together, Bulloch Countians found "themselves more tolerant of those foreign elements whom we may have heretofore regarded merely as monsters with horns." Labor remained scarce in 1946 and without POWs, some Bulloch County farmers invested in the first mechanical harvesters for peanuts.
HM NumberHM223C
Year Placed2016
Placed ByThe Bulloch County Historical Society, sponsored by the Jack N. & Addie D. Averitt Foundation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 13th, 2017 at 7:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 427608 N 3591902
Decimal Degrees32.46195000, -81.77028333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 27.717', W 81° 46.217'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 27' 43.02" N, 81° 46' 13.02" W
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Area Code(s)912
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 160 S Main St, Statesboro GA 30458, US
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