Linda McCann: Prisoners of War in Iowa

2021-12-27 15:09:05

Iowa had about 25,000 German, Italian, and Japanese prisoners of war from 1942 to 1946. There were two main camps; Algona and Clarinda, which housed about 3,000 POWs each. There were 19 branch camps where prisoners stayed for a few months working in the fields, or at canning factories, seed corn companies, or other places which hired them. Linda was able to speak with people who knew or worked with the POWs and shares their memories.