Fort Stanton in Lincoln County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
CCC Camp/German Internment Camp
In 1941, the camp was reoccupied, but this time by the 410 man crew of the German Luxury Liner S. S. Columbus. The ship had been scuttled by its crew to avoid capture by the British and the ‘Distressed Seamen’ were rescued by the US Navy. Upon their arrival, the sailors began improving the camp by constructing several new barracks, support facilities and the Olympic size pool. The crew was far removed from the horrors of World War II, but were never considered Prisoners of War, only interned alien enemies. By the summer of 1945, they had all been sent home. A few Japanese-American detainees occupied the camp for several months, but by October 1945, the camp had closed.
Erected 2014 by Fort Stanton Historic Site.
Location. 33° 29.709′ N, 105° 31.684′ W. Marker is in Fort Stanton, New Mexico, in Lincoln County. Marker is on Black Jack Pershing Road near State Road Touch for map. Marker is one of many informative markers on the grounds of Fort Stanton Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Stanton NM 88323, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commanding Officer's Quarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Officer's Quarters (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Officer's Quarters (about 400 feet away); Commissary Warehouse (about 400 feet away); Chapel (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Officer’s Quarters (about 500 feet away); Nurse's Quarters (about 500 feet away); L.G. Murphy Sutler Store (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Stanton.
More about this marker. The marker overlooks the site described which is approximately 500 yards to the north.
Regarding CCC Camp/German Internment Camp. The CCC facility was Camp SCS-6-N. For more historical detail read INTERNED, Internment of the SS Columbus Crew at Fort Stanton, New Mexico 1941-1945, by James J. McBride
Also see . . .
1. The German American Internee Coalition Internment Camp Histories. History of a number of internment camps, (Submitted on July 13, 2015.)
2. Fort Stanton Historic Site, Lincoln County NM. (Submitted on July 22, 2015, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas.)
Categories. • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 12, 2015, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. This page has been viewed 317 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 12, 2015, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.