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During WWII, over 15,000 prisoners of war were sent to Utah (Allan Kent Powell, "Splinters of a Nation: German Prisoners of War in Utah"), out of the over 425,000 prisoners of war in the United States. About 7000 of these men were Italians while about 8000 were Germans.

I've been collecting information on the experiences of these prisoners and the community members who came into contact with them. A non-profit organization called "TRACES of 400,000: Museum, Archive, Culture, Conference and Activities Project" has similar goals concerning all of these WWII Prisoners of War in the US. I spoke about World War II Italian Prisoners of War in Utah at the second international TRACES (www.traces.org) conference on May 31, 2003. A copy of that presentation is available through [email protected]

All of the 33 World War II Prisoners of War who died in Utah are buried at Fort Douglas Military Cemetery in Salt Lake City. A list of the 20 Germans follows, along with some of the other POWs held in Utah. Their death certificates can be obtained through [email protected]

A PowerPoint Presentation on the Prisoners of War in Utah During World War II, complete with over 70 photos is available on CD through Utah POW CD.

Otto Bross (Uffz. #8WG-46386) was born on 16 November 1919 at Pferzheim, Germany and was single. Died from gunshot wounds on 8 July 1945 at the Prisoner of War Camp at Salina, Sevier County. (UT Death #59) (NARA RG 389, Entry (A1) 467, Box 1513) Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.
Paul Eilert's headstone was placed there by his fellow POWs with permission by the Americans. It is not "standard issue". Paul Eilert was born on 9 June 1905 at Berlin, Germany and was single. Died from cancer on 8 June 1944 at Bushnell General Hospital, Brigham City, Box Elder County. (UT Death #81) The graphic on the stone appears to show that he was awarded the Iron Cross in 1939. Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.
Ernst Fuchs (Uffz. #8WG-59260) was born on 19 January 1921 at Kirchberg-Hunsrueck, Germany and single. Died from gunshot wounds on 8 July 1945 at the Prisoner of War Camp at Salina, Sevier County. (UT Death #58) (NARA RG 389, Entry (A1) 467, Box 1513) Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.

Gottfried Gaag (Uffz. #8WG-32844) was born on 3 June 1916 in Germany and was single. Died from gunshot wounds on 8 July 1945 at the Prisoner of War Camp at Salina, Sevier County. (UT Death #63) (NARA RG 389, Entry (A1) 467, Box 1513) Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.
Hans Gabriel was born on 28 September 1924 at Regensburg, Germany and was single. Died when metal box fell from crane on him, crushing his chest on 13 August 1945 at Utah ASF Depot, Ogden, Weber County. (UT Death #374) (NARA RG 389, Entry (A1) 467, Box 1513) Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.
Paul Heimerdinger was born on 2 February 1915 at an unknown location. Died from bronchial pneumonia on 13 September 1945 at the Station Hospital at Utah ASF Depot at Ogden, Weber County. (UT Death #421) Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.
Karl Heinrich was born at an unknown date in Czechoslovakia and was single. Died from chronic kidney problems on 6 August 1945 at Bushnell General Hospital, Brigham City, Box Elder County. (UT Death #118) Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.
Josef Hladky, an Austrian, was elected by the POWs to be spokesman for the Ogden compound in 1945.

Georg Liske (Wachtmeister, #8WG-45637) was born on 16 August 1913 in Germany and was married to Antomie Liske. Died from gunshot wounds on 8 July 1945 at the Prisoner of War Camp at Salina, Sevier County. (UT Death #56) (NARA RG 389, Entry (A1) 467, Box 1513) Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.

Herman Maas was born on 5 May 1912 at Ilshofen, Schwabia, Germany and was single. Died from bronchopneumonia on 15 July 1945 at Utah ASF Depot, Ogden, Weber County. (UT Death #327) Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.

Alfred Malinowski (soldat, #81G-253485) was born on 12 September 1925 at Danzig-Langfuhr, Germany and was single. Died from work accident with forklift on 27 December 1944 at Utah ASF Depot, Harrisville, Weber County. (UT Death #651) (NARA RG 389, Entry (A1) 467, Box 1513) He was a soldier in the 45 Regiment of the German Army. Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.
Hans Meyer (Uffz., #8WG-47461) was born on 29 August 1920 at Messenthin, Germany and was single. Died from gunshot wounds on 8 July 1945 at the Prisoner of War Camp at Salina, Sevier County. (UT Death #60) (NARA RG 389, Entry (A1) 467, Box 1513) Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.
Johann Mueller died on 1 October 1973. POW in Ogden, Utah.

Adolf Paul (Sgt., #8WG-9969) was born on 5 February 1917 in Germany and was single. Died from gunshot wounds on 8 July 1945 at the Prisoner of War Camp at Salina, Sevier County. (UT Death #62) (NARA RG 389, Entry (A1) 467, Box 1513) Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.
Heinz Rascher was born on 1 April 1920 at Leipzig, Germany and was single. Died from cancer on 20 July 1945 at Bushnell General Hospital, Brigham City, Box Elder County. (UT Death #107) He was a Corporal in the German Army. Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.

Erich Raschke was born on 29 August 1902 at Leipzig, Germany and was married to Maria Raschke. Died from arterio sclerosis on 28 August 1945 at the Station Hospital at Utah ASF Depot at Ogden, Weber County. (UT Death #397) Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.
Friederich Ritter (Sold., #31G-2602763) was born on 13 November 1896 at Frankfort-Main, Germany and was married to Berta Ritter. Died from gunshot wounds on 13 July 1945 at AAF Regional Station Hospital, Kearns, Salt Lake City. He was the last to die of the men shot at Salina on 8 July 1945. (UT Death #1122) (NARA RG 389, Entry (A1) 467, Box 1513) Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.

Karl Schaefer was born on 4 September 1907 at Wiem, Austria and was married to Josephine Schaefer. Died from self-inflicted hanging on 5 May 1945 at Bushnell General Hospital, Brigham City, Box Elder County. (UT Death #57) Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.

Fritz Stockmann (Uffz., #31G-202170) was born on 23 January 1921 in Germany and was married to Jutta Stockmann. Died from gunshot wounds on 8 July 1945 at the Prisoner of War Camp at Salina, Sevier County. (UT Death #57) (NARA RG 389, Entry (A1) 467, Box 1513) Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.

Walter Vogel (Ofeldwbl., #81G-279919) was born on 17 December 1912 at Rossach-Franken, Germany and was married to Emma Vogel. Died from gunshot wounds on 8 July 1945 at the Prisoner of War Camp at Salina, Sevier County. (UT Death #61) (NARA RG 389, Entry (A1) 467, Box 1513) Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.

Frederick Weber was imprisoned at Ogden Depot and returned to live in Salt Lake City after the war. After serving in the German Army in Russia, and Tunisia. He was captured and imprisoned in Algeria and Scotland before a ship took him to New Jersey and then a passenger train car delivered him to Muskogee, OK. He was later moved to Texas, Arizona, and California before arriving in Ogden.
Hans Wieland was born on 10 October 1915 at Nuernberg, Germany and was married to Betti Wieland. Died from cancer on 30 January 1945 at Bushnell General Hospital, Brigham City, Box Elder County. (UT Death #13) Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.

Fritz Wiemken was born on 6 November 1899 in Friedrichschleuhe, Germany and was married to Henny Wiemken. Died from a brain tumor on 28 January 1945 at Bushnell General Hospital, Brigham City, Box Elder County. (UT Death #14) He was a Sgt. in the German Army. Buried in the German POW section of the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery.



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