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Aliceville in Pickens County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Aliceville Prisoner of War Camp

1942 - 1945

 
 
Aliceville Prisoner of War Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 19, 2016
1. Aliceville Prisoner of War Camp Marker
Inscription. During World War II, the United States Army interned 6,000 German prisoners of war here on a 400 acre site, employing 1,000 American military and civilian personnel. Major Karl H. Shriver commanded Corps of Engineers forces which began construction in August, 1942. Activated Dec. 12, 1942. First prisoners, from Gen. Erwin Rommel's Africa Korps, arrived by Frisco Railroad June 2, 1943. Camp first commanded by Col. F. A. Prince, later by Col. R. S. Grier. 400 frame buildings: barracks, hospital, bakeries, chapels, greenhouse, theaters; water and sewer systems, fire department, amphitheater, sports fields, gardens. Barbed wire compound with guard towers. 2 prisoners killed attempting to escape. Deactivated Sept. 30, 1945.
 
Erected 1989 by Aliceville Rotary Club and the Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 33° 7.032′ N, 88° 10.409′ W. Marker is in Aliceville, Alabama, in Pickens County. Marker is at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Industrial Drive, on the right when traveling west on Memorial Drive. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Memorial Drive, Aliceville AL 35442, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George Downer Field (approx. 1.1
Only remains from original camp. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 19, 2016
2. Only remains from original camp.
The only structure remaining of the original camp is a single brick fireplace and chimney, part of the enlisted men's club for U.S. troops. The two small stone monuments were moved here from the old camp entrance.
miles away); Alabama, Tennessee & Northern Railroad Depot (approx. 1.4 miles away); Aliceville First Baptist Church (approx. 1.5 miles away); R. J. Kirksey High School (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Aliceville First Baptist Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); In Memory of James McCrory (approx. 5.5 miles away); Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church (approx. 8.8 miles away); Pickens County Courthouse (approx. 11 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Aliceville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Aliceville Museum website about Prisoner of War Camp. (Submitted on February 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Alabama Pioneers site about POW camp. Includes videos and photos. (Submitted on February 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 
View south on Alabama Route 17 from Memorial Drive. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 19, 2016
3. View south on Alabama Route 17 from Memorial Drive.
Former location of part of the camp, now Sue Stabler Park. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 19, 2016
4. Former location of part of the camp, now Sue Stabler Park.
Closeup of stone entrance monument showing Corps of Engineers emblem. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 19, 2016
5. Closeup of stone entrance monument showing Corps of Engineers emblem.
Aliceville Prisoner of War Camp Museum sign. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 19, 2016
6. Aliceville Prisoner of War Camp Museum sign.
Museum is located at intersection of Memorial Parkway (SR-17) and Broad Street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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