Prisoners of War in New Mexico Agriculture
Abstract of Interview
L.F. “Chano” Silva
TAPE NUMBER: RG2000-090
OF BIRTH: ca. 1922
OF INTERVIEW: July 25, 2000
OF INTERVIEW: Silva home, Fort Sumner, New Mexico
OF INTERVIEW: NMF&RHM__x___OTHER____________
OF TAPES: One
ABSTRACTED: October 6, 2000
OF RECORDING (SPECIFY): Good
AND CONTENT NOTE: Construction of Fort Sumner Army Airfield. Low opinion of
value of prisoner of war labor. Incident with Japanese POWs (Texas).
DATE RANGE: 1942-1946
(IMPORTANT TOPICS IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE):
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE:
Silva worked on construction of runways. He describes POW
compound. POWs performed only menial work; for example, they helped on slop
no Italians at Fort Sumner, or “if there was it must have been after I
a POW escape from Fort Sumner.
there was better treatment of German POWs at Fort Sumner camp than of American
POWs in enemy prisoner-of-war camps.
on Okinawa, sent to Corpus Christi, Texas. Assigned as POW guard there. Baseball
incident with Japanese POW.
on his language abilities (speaks four languages).
for good treatment.
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