Camp Forrest
Tullahoma, Tennessee

Randy Houser
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Email sent: Thu 1/20/2005 2:56 PM

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Some Camp Forrest information.
 
Camp Forrest was called a POW camp in 1942, however it was in fact initially an internment camp for German, Japanese, and Italian civilian aliens. My German grandfather arrived there by prisoner train from Fort Meade in 1942 and stayed until late 1943 when real captured POWs began arriving. He was turned over to an INS internment camp in North Dakota where he spent the rest of the war. The Army called civilian internees, "POW's" and made them wear POW uniforms even though they were in fact civilian internees.
 
On a visit to Tullahoma, my son and I met several people who were surprised to hear this having assumed that all prisoners were captured soldiers. They had hidden in the bushes when the first trainloads arrived and said they were told that dangerous prisoners would be marched through town. My 57 year old artist grandfather was one of them. I have several Camp Forrest drawings he made.  If you would like more details let me know.
 
Randy Houser 
[email protected]
Charleston SC 
843-412-0376