World War II prisoner of war camp, Williamston, N.C.

World War II prisoner of war camp, Williamston, N.C.
Aerial photograph of the barracks at the World War II prisoner of war camp in Williamston, N.C. Date approximated. Photograph possibly taken by Eugene Rice.
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11cm x 6cm
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George A Cinseruli Jun 05 2022

Why is there not a historic maker for this ?

Marylois (Hudgins) Plummer Aug 11 2020

I Was Born 12/21/1936.We Lived On Jimmy Gerkin Farn.I Remember The Xmas Display.My Father Would Take Our Family To See At Xmas.

Cathy Baines Feb 23 2018

Is this the original beginnings of what was the prison on Prison Camp Rd in Williamston? Has now been torn down...

Erik Matamoros Feb 23 2018

Based on the looks of the photo, the barracks are canvas and the camp appears to be on the north side of the roanoke. I believe this is probably the Italian POW camp (1941-1943). The german POW camp (1943-1945) was on the south side of the river and the prisoners built barracks out of available wood.

Stephen Modlin Aug 14 2017

I was born in Williamston on Nov. 1, 1945. My uncle Ernie Schneider was in the Army and assigned to the pow camp. He brought some German pows by the house to see me and they brought flowers for my mother.

Cindy Lewis Jan 19 2017

My father-in-law picked up POWS from the Williamston POW camp and brought them to the Belvoir area of Pitt County to work on the family farm. He has told us many stories about those days one was of the Nativity Scene that was built by the POWS. Does anyone have a picture of the Nativity Scene that was put up for many years until it was destroyed in a fire? I would love to see it if you have one. ThanksP

Judy Lewis Jan 10 2017

My father-in-law would pick up POWS from this camp and bring them to the Belvoir area of Pitt County, NC to work on the family farm.

Wayne Davis Jan 10 2017

I was born in Williamston in February of 1944. We lived in the parsonage of Christian Chapel Church of Christ on prison camp road. My father was the minister there.. My mother told me that prisoners, when working on the roads, would come to our house for water.

Dale Moore Lynam Feb 01 2016

My grandfather served as a guard here. I have several letters he received from former German prisoners after the war.

Sara Jul 05 2014

This was also the jail for Martin County until MC merged with Bertie County jail.

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