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POW Camps in Massachusetts

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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).

The POW Camps in Massachusetts during World War II included:

Andrews (Fort Leonard), Peddocks Island, Hull, Plymouth County, MA (base camp)
Boston Port of Embarkation, Boston, Suffolk County, MA (base camp)
Cushing General Hospital, Framingham, Middlesex County, MA, specializing in neurosurgical and plastic work as well as ophthalmologic surgery
Devens (Fort Charles), Ayer, Middlesex and Worchester Counties, MA (base camp)
Edwards (Camp Clarence), Bourne, Barstable County, MA (branch camp under Devens, MA, sometimes a base camp) now Fort, part of Massachusetts Militarty Reservation
Lovell (Joseph) General Hospital, Fort Devens, Middlesex and Worchester Counties, MA
McKay (Camp), Boston, Suffolk County, MA (ISU)
Standish (Camp Myles), Boston, Suffolk County, MA (base camp)
Strong (Fort), Long Island, MA (base camp)
Waltham Regional Hospital, Waltham, Middlesex County, MA
Westover Field, Hampden and Hampshire Counties, MA (base camp), now Westover Joint Air Reserve Base and Westover Metropolitan Airport; the largest Air Reserve Base in the world

Enemy alien internment camps:
Devens (Fort Charles), Ayer, Middlesex and Worchester Counties, MA (German)
East Boston INS Detention Facility, Suffolk County, MA (temporary detention station) (German, Italian)

Fort Devens Post Cemetery, Ft. Devens, MA, now maintained by the VA National Cemetery Administration.

There were 7 base camps, 4 hospitals, 1 ISU, 2 internment locations, and 1 cemetery in MA. More information in my latest book titled Prisoner of War Camps Across America and is available in Kindle format on Amazon.

For more information about these camps, please see:
Fort Devens Cemetery

GenTracer POW Kathy Kirkpatrick

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