Todd South 



Camp Forrest during World War II


Wreath ties two communities together

Link to the Chattanooga Times Free Press story


Message, Thu 11/12/2009 9:37 AM

Subject: Camp Forrest German POW

Mr. Speer,

My name is Todd South I write for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. I'm writing a story today about a visit to the Chattanooga National Cemetery by the German consulate to lay a wreath at the graves of some German POWs.

I found that Camp Forrest housed German POWs during World War II and just wanted to get a little more information.

Sorry for the late notice, but the event is this afternoon and my deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern.

I'll also call you so if I get you by phone, disregard this message.

Thank you,

Todd South



Message: Fri 11/13/2009 7:38 AM

Subject: Camp Forrest German POW


I am so sorry to have missed your deadline and your call. I just happen to be in the process of moving from a home I just sold to another.

The stories, memories, questions seeking closure about old friends or military buddies I've been sent over the years became a labor of love. I had a military section in my major web site and at the time just a couple of pages on Camp Forrest. I had no idea the amount of interest in the history and curiosity of and toward the camp but started getting so many inquiries that I could not ignore. I bought and it has served as a liaison of sorts for folks seeking or sharing information.

Please consider if you would (or even could) allowing me to publish an article with photos about the event you spoke of inside the Camp Forrest web site and then send people to the Chattanooga Times Free Press web page or pages about the ceremony. I know it will generate response.

My father was a prisoner of war in Korea for a little over 3 years; military men and women are dear to my heart.


Steve Speer



Fri 11/13/2009 9:14 AM

Subject: Camp Forrest German POW

Mr. Speer,

I know you can link to the article without any problem, but in order to post the entire article on your Web site you'd have to talk with our Editor and Publisher Tom Griscom. I can't give permission for the use of stories.

His phone number is 423-757-6472.

Thank you for replying I'd like to talk with you in the future if there are any connections with stories to Camp Forrest and its history. I cover region crime and all military-related stories for the newspaper.

Todd South

Staff Writer

Chattanooga Times Free Press