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Orem in Utah County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

World War II P.O.W. Camp

Dedicated December 12, 1943

 
 
World War II P.O.W. Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tyler Thorsted, October 17, 2021
1. World War II P.O.W. Camp Marker
Inscription.  In December 1943, Governor Herbert B. Maw dedicated a five acre site at this location for the use of the war department during the latter part of World War II. The first occupants of the camp which was built here were approximately 200 Japanese-Americans, part of the thousands that were located to the intermountain west from the west coast during the war. The internees lived here during the summer and fall of 1944. Beginning in the fall of 1944, and continuing through July 1946. German and Italian prisoners of war were housed here, eventually reaching a total of 340. After the prisoners were released in 1946, the camp served as living quarters for farm workers until about 1970, when the buildings were torn down.
 
Erected by Orem Historical Preservation Advisory Commission, City of Orem.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureAsian AmericansWar, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is December 12, 1943.
 
Location. 40° 18.896′ N, 111° 40.617′ W. Marker is in Orem, Utah, in Utah County. Memorial is at the intersection
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of North 800 East and East 950 North, on the left when traveling north on North 800 East. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 935 N 800 E, Orem UT 84097, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early Orem Canals (approx. 0.4 miles away); Former Pleasant Grove Canning Co. (approx. 1.4 miles away); First Orem Chapel (approx. 2.3 miles away); Battle Creek (approx. 3.6 miles away); Provo Canyon Guard Quarters (approx. 3.8 miles away); Army Troops Caused the “Provo Riot” in 1870 (approx. 3.9 miles away); Proctor Academy Helped Educate Provo’s Youth (approx. 3.9 miles away); Provo’s First Bank was Late in Coming but Didn’t Last Long (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orem.
 
World War II P.O.W. Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tyler Thorsted, October 17, 2021
2. World War II P.O.W. Camp Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2021, by Tyler Thorsted of Orem, Utah. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 17, 2021, by Tyler Thorsted of Orem, Utah. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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