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World War II - Prisoner of War Camp

CAMP HEARNE

Hearne, Texas

Robertson County
1942 to 1947

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One of the largest Prisoner of War Camps in Texas during WWII. The population was larger than many Texas county seats.

Camp Hearne, Texas water tower
Camp Hearn water tower
Photo by John Troesser, Dec. 2001


Camp Hearne, Texas WWII  POW camp cement foundation
Remains of a cement foundation.
Photo by John Troesser, Dec. 2001

[ See Not So Great Escapes by Clay Coppedge ]

Camp Hearne, Texas cement relics
Two cement relics of the camp
Photo by John Troesser, Dec. 2001


Camp Hearne, Texas cement fountain relics
Relics of a cement fountain of the camp
Photo by John Troesser, Dec. 2001

A scale model of the camp - constructed by prisoners of the women's prison in Gatesville can be found somewhere in Hearne. During our visit it was upstairs in the city hall building - although it may have been moved

 Camp Hearne, WWII Texas  POW Camp  model
A portion of the Camp Hearne model
Photo by John Troesser, Dec. 2001

[ See Not So Great Escapes by Clay Coppedge ]

Camp Hearne, WWII Texas  POW Camp  model
A view of the camp model
Photo by John Troesser, Dec. 2001


Camp Hearne, WWII Texas  POW Camp  model
Another view of the camp model
Photo by John Troesser, Dec. 2001

John Troesser



Related Stories:

Not So Great Escapes by Clay Coppedge

On Aug. 9, 1944, three German soldiers put a homemade raft into the Brazos River as part of their plan for a return trip to Germany. They were Prisoners of War at a camp near Hearne in Robertson County. They made their Huck Finn-style raft from waterproof GI ponchos and wood and used umbrellas for sails. But this wasn't the mighty Mississippi they were attempting to navigate. This was the Brazos River in August, when its flow is traditionally at its lowest ebb....
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