Hello, I am looking for information pertaining to a prisoner of war camp for German soldiers interred during World War II. The camp site was located in the small township of Green Bay, Virginia (United States). On a map, Green Bay can be found in central Virginia in Prince Edward County just south of the larger town of Farmville which is itself located about halfway between the city of Lynchburg to the west and the state capital city of Richmond to the east.
Currently there is very little information available regarding this prisoner of war site. So, on behalf of a local World War II historical roundtable discussion group that is just getting started and organized, I am reaching out for any information that can be shared by individuals reading this message.
The objective of our research is to put together a detailed, factually accurate account of how our tiny, little corner of the world once played an important role in the much larger story that was World War II.
Here is what we know so far: The camp was originally built and inhabited by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression of the 1930's. It was later refitted during World War II to house German prisoners captured in battle. Shortly after World War II ended the camp was abandoned and almost entirely forgotten. Today, the location of where the camp once stood is within the confines of the Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest. All that remains are a handful of crumbling, concrete structural foundations scattered here and there mostly hidden by dense undergrowth and large trees.
Here is what we don't know and need to have clarified:
1) Rumor: The prisoners housed at this camp were members of the Deutsche Afrika Korps (DAK). Is this correct?
2) Rumor: After the war ended some prisoners decided to stay in the Green Bay area and become part of the local community rather than return home to Germany. Is this true?
3) Question: Was the Green Bay camp one of the many sub-camps organized and administered out of the much larger facility located at Fort Pickett in nearby Blackstone, Virginia?
4) Question: Were the prisoners at Green Bay enlisted men only, officers only, or both?
5) Question: How did the prisoners spend their time? Did they stay confined and work only within the camp? Were they sent out in work details to tend the fields of local farmers? Did they help as manual labor for local construction projects?
Thank you for taking the time to read this message. I look forward to hearing from anyone who can help answer these questions or at least point us in the right direction where answers can be found.
Lee Wilcox, PST
Twin Lakes State Park
Green Bay, Virginia 23942
phone: (434) 392-3435
email: [email protected]