Near Yuma in Yuma County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Italians at the Yuma Test Branch
Location. 32° 52.553′ N, 114° 27.799′ W. Marker is near Yuma, Arizona, in Yuma County. Marker is on Laguna Dam Touch for map. Marker is west of Interstate 95. At the California/Arizona Border Laguna Dam Road changes name to Imperial Dam Road (County Hwy S24). Marker is in this post office area: Yuma AZ 85365, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. World War II Bridge Test Site (here, next to this marker); Site of Mission San Pedro (approx. 5.1 miles away in California); Camp Laguna (approx. 5.4 miles away); Picacho Mines (approx. 12 miles away in California); Fort Yuma (approx. 13.4 miles away in California); Fray Francisco Hermenegildo Garcés (approx. 13.4 miles away in California); Site of Mission La Purisima Concepcion, 1780-1781 (approx. 13.4 miles away in California); Ocean-to-Ocean Highway Bridge (approx. 13˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yuma.
Also see . . . Yuma Proving Ground - Arizona. Two units of the Italian prisoners were assigned to the camp. All were paid $9.00 per month, regardless of rank, and had pledged to assist in the war against Germany and Japan. Permitted to visit the town of Yuma once each week, most continued to avidly dislike the southwestern desert that bore such a close resemblance to the deserts in which they had been captured (Submitted on March 27, 2010.)
Categories. • Notable Places • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,069 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 24, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.