Former Hearne World War II POW Camp Keeping History Alive

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As the anniversary of World War II approaches the 70 year mark, Hearne's POW Camp connection to the war is helping keep its memory alive.

For four years, the camp housed 5,000 German soldiers and their story isn't very well known.

Thousands of German POW's called a field, just northwest of Hearne, home. From 1942 to 1945 it was home to one of the largest POW camps in Texas but their experience wasn't all that bad.

At the Hearne Chamber of Commerce, you can find a temporary exhibit with artifacts and pictures from the camp.

Since they were allowed to do pretty much whatever they wanted, the prisoners made art and fountains, even acted out in plays for other POW's.

But now thanks to father time, it's a distant memory.

"After the war was over, all these camps were dismantled so it almost seemed like they never existed."

Thousands of German POW's called this field, just northwest of Hearne, home. From 1942 to 1945 it was home to one of the largest POW camps in Texas, but their experience wasn't all that bad.

At the Hearne Chamber of Commerce, you can find a temporary exhibit with artifacts and pictures from the camp.

Since they were allowed to do pretty much whatever they wanted, the prisoners made art and fountains, even acted out in plays for other POW's.

But now thanks to father time, it's a distant memory.

"After the war was over, all these camps were dismantled so it almost seemed like they never existed," said Melissa Freeman with the Friends Of Camp Hearne.

And keeping that memory alive is getting harder and harder.

"It is something that we need to get a hold of right now because we are losing our eyewitnesses. The greatest generation," said Freeman.