World War II POW Camp

World War II POW Camp (HMOB7)

Location: Aiken, SC 29801 Aiken County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 34.581', W 81° 43.222'

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German prisoners of war were held in a camp on this site from November 1943 to May 1946. This camp, one of 21 in S.C., was at first a sub-camp of the POW camp at Camp Gordon (now Fort Gordon), in Augusta, Ga. It was later a sub-camp of Fort Jackson, in Columbia. 250 prisoners captured in North Africa were the first held here. Men captured in Italy and France in 1943-44 increased the total to 620 prisoners by January 1945.

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German POWS lived in tents with wooden floors, up to five men in each. Their mess hall was a large frame barracks. They worked 8-10 hours a day, harvesting peanuts or peaches, cutting pulpwood or lumber, planting trees, or working in a fertilizer factory. POWs were paid 80 cents a day in credit at the camp store. When not working prisoners often played soccer, put on plays and concerts, and took night classes.
HM NumberHMOB7
Series This marker is part of the South Carolina: Aiken County Historical Society series
Marker Number2-41
Year Placed2008
Placed ByAiken County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 11:36am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 433146 N 3715416
Decimal Degrees33.57635000, -81.72036667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 34.581', W 81° 43.222'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 34' 34.86" N, 81° 43' 13.32" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 800-830 Laurens St NW, Aiken SC 29801, US
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