Most People In Florida Don’t Know About Our Old German POW Camp
There are some pretty fascinating historical facts about Florida that perhaps many residents are unaware of. For example, during World War II, nearly 400,000 prisoners of war from both Germany and Italy were sent to the United States to POW camps. Around 10,000 German prisoners were sent to Florida, in two major camps: Camp Blanding and Camp Gordon Johnston. Camp Gordon Johnston, which was built in September 1941, was only in use until 1946. However, there is a fascinating history behind the camp, as well as a museum open to honor the soldiers of war that people can still visit today.
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A New Jersey native with over 15 years of writing experience, Marisa has studied at both New York University and Florida International University. She has lived all over the country, including a decade stint in South Florida. Marisa is well-versed in exploration as she travels a good majority of the year in her self-converted Sprinter van. Her articles have been featured in various notable publications over the years, she has a published collection of short stories, and three completed screenplays under her belt.
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