Johnson, John

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

Interviewee John Johnson, male, born in 1927
Date Range 1941-1945
Date & Location July 7, 2000, Johnson's Store, Lordsburg, New Mexico
Project Prisoners of War in New Mexico Agriculture
Region Southwest New Mexico
Number of Tapes 1
Transcribed December 18, 2000
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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.