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POW Camps in Illinois

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This list of Prisoner of War Camps, Italian Service Unit Camps, and Prisoner of War Hospitals is based on weekly reports located on NARA microfilm #66-538 (population lists June 1942-June 1946). Additional locations based on newspapers, interviews, and other NARA records (at College Park and Regional Archives). Many thanks to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District for help in additions and corrections to this list!

The POW Camps in Illinois during World War II included:

Ellis (Camp Michael B.), Table Grove, Fulton County, IL (base camp)
•Gardiner General Hospital, Chicago, Cook and DuPage Counties, IL (base camp)
•Grant (Camp Ulysses S.), Rockford, Winnebago County, IL (base camp)
•Grant (Camp) Rifle Range (not contigious to the camp), now Atwood Park, Rockford, Winnebago County, IL
Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Rock Island County, IL (base camp)
•Savanna OD Proving Grounds, Savanna, Carroll County, IL (base camp)
•Sheridan (Fort), LaSalle County, IL (base camp)
•Vaughn General Hospital, Hines, Cook County, IL (base camp)

•Camp Grant, IL (two burials transferred to Camp Butler Nat'l Cemetery, IL in June 1946)
Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon County, IL (The Camp Butler National Cemetery contains POWs who died in IL, IN, NE and WI.)
•Camp Ellis, IL (transferred to Ft. Sheridan, IL prior to February 1947)
Fort Sheridan Post Cemetery, Ft. Sheridan, IL, the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve District maintains the cemetery.

There were 8 base camps, 16 branch camps, 3 hospital, and 4 cemeteries in IL. More information in my latest book titled Prisoner of War Camps Across America and is available in Kindle format on Amazon and in Nook format on Barnes and Noble.

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