John Johnson, living in Lordsburg, New Mexico, recalls the prisoner of war camp located there during World War II.
Tape 1, 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.
His 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.