Most People In New Jersey Don’t Know About Our Old World War II POW Camp

New Jersey has a rich military history. It is home to the Picatinny Arsenal (a comprehensive military research and manufacturing facility), a Nike missile base at Fort Hancock (in Sandy Hook), a variety of George Washington’s Revolutionary War headquarters, and so much more. Sites like Battery Gunnison, Fort Mott, and even Camp Kilmer are fairly well-known but there’s something you may not know about Camp Kilmer.

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So, New Jersey housed prisoners of war at Camp Kilmer, but it wasn’t what you might expect. The camp was deactivated in 1949, briefly reactivated during the Korean war, and served as the receiving center for those fleeing the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. Now, it’s part of Rutgers University. It wasn’t the only camp that housed POWs in New Jersey, however. Belle Mead ASF, Fort Dix, and Raritan Arsenal are a few examples. If you’d like to learn more about New Jersey’s military history or have stories of your own, please share in the comments. For more photos of camp money, like the Camp Kilmer canteen tickets, visit