Prisoners of War in New Mexico Agriculture
Abstract of Interview
TAPE NUMBER: RG2000-074
OF BIRTH: September 18, 1927
OF INTERVIEW: July 7, 2000
OF INTERVIEW: Johnsonís store, Lordsburg, New Mexico
OF INTERVIEW: NMF&RHM_x____OTHER__________
OF TAPES: One
ABSTRACTED: April 20, 2001
OF RECORDING (SPECIFY): Good
AND CONTENT NOTE: John Johnson,
living in Lordsburg, New Mexico, recalls the prisoner of war camp located
there during World War II.
DATE RANGE: 1941-1945
(IMPORTANT TOPICS IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE):
ONE, SIDE A:
John Johnson, born September 18, 1927, moved to Lordsburg, New Mexico in 1928. He first heard that a prisoner of war (POW) camp was to be located east of Lordsburg in 1941, after Pearl Harbor.
father owned a fountain and gift shop where many of the soldiers stationed at
the POW camp shopped. He felt that business would improve with the camp nearby.
First, the camp held Japanese-Americans as internees, then after they left Italians and German POWs were imprisoned there.
He remembers V-J Day, August 1945, as a big celebration. He joined the army at the tail end of the war.
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