Rice, William A. "Bill"

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Boyhood memories of prisoners of war in Lordsburg, New Mexico, during World War II.

Interviewee William A. "Bill" Rice, male, born in 1937
Date Range 1944-2000
Date & Location July 25, 2000, Lordsburg, New Mexico
Project Prisoners of War in New Mexico Agriculture
Region Southwest New Mexico
Number of Tapes 1
Transcribed November 28, 2000
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Tape 1, Side A

William A. Rice moved from Phoenix, Arizona, to Lordsburg, New Mexico, in 1944 when he was seven years old. He watched an ice plant being built on a neighbor's property with the help of the German prisoners of war (POW). He remembers ten or twelve prisoners in groups guarded by one guard who carried a carbine gun. The POWs appeared to be happy. He did hear of an attempted escape, but recalls that it was not successful and the POWs were found not far from the camp.