Last Update Tuesday, December 3, 2013

 
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Gate 1, Camp Forrest
Gate 1, Camp Forrest

 

Stories & Articles
Taken from our submissions and complied together for quicker reference to information about Camp Forrest

 

NEW Roll Call & List
of Submitters

Names of persons either training at, employed at, or a POW at Camp Forrest...
complied from all submissions

 

Units Stationed/Reactivated at Camp Forrest

 

Major Semester Project World History
Interviews of Three People Who Worked at a World War II POW Facility, Camp Forrest, near Tullahoma, Tennessee
by Jacob Worthington
May 01, 2008

 

Tennessee Maneuvers
Many thousands of soldiers were in the area of Tullahoma, Tennessee, about 80 miles NNW of Chattanooga, as America conducted a full dress rehearsal for the coming invasion in Europe

 

Camp Forrest Internee Newspaper The Latrine
Outside link

 


Christmas Card
Click for ENLARGEMENT

 

Enemies are Human
a paper presented to the the Dayton Christian-Jewish Dialogue on May 10,1998, by John A. Heitmann, Ph.D., Professor of History, Department of History, University of Dayton

 

Links to Other Camp Forrest Webs & Pages

CampForrest.ORG

 

 
 
 

"The only good day of the maneuvers, as far as I can tell from the stories, was when they crossed the state line leaving Tennessee". - Author unknown

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Bulletin Board

 
Harald Hihs - My father (he already passed away) was a member of the German "Wehrmacht" and served in North-Africa and was imprisoned in spring '43 as far as i know. I have an English grammar book of my father where a stamp says "Army Services Forces, Fourth Service Command, Headquarters Prisoner of War Camp, Camp Forrest, Tennessee
Steve Merkle - [image] 1945 POW Personal Property Roster - I have some documents of a Karl Stern and one is a personal property roster with Russell f. Appleman's signature on it. I would like to know more about either of them. Do you know?
Mark Griffin - Back in World War II, German prisoners were used in Russellville, KY on the farms.  Do you know if they came from Camp Forrest or another camp?
Sarah Halasz, FlashRock Films - My name is Sarah Halasz, and I'm an associate producer with FlashRock Films in Chicago. We're a television production company, and we're currently working on a series of historical documentaries for CNBC. I'm writing to you all in the hopes that you can help me out with something. One of the programs we're working on is a profile of Jack Daniel's. As you probably know, Jack Daniel's is manufactured just a few miles down the road from Camp Forrest in Lynchburg...
CHARLES MESHEL - DID MY BASIC TRAINING AT CAMP FORREST IN FEBRUARY 1942 WITH THE ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD 131ST INFANTRY 33RD DIVISION. WAS A SENT TO FORT BRADY MICHIGAN DOING LOCKGUARD DUTY FROM THERE TO...
Karen England Thrasher - This is my first involvement and email regarding Camp Forrest.  My brother and I are seeking information about our Mother and I want to find ‘Camp connections’ if they are out there. Her name was Johnnie Lorene Campbell and she worked at the commissary (I think 1942-43 timeframe).  She met and married John Lonick...
Patricia L (Marquardt) Washburn - I have just come across your website regarding Camp Forrest in Tennessee.  My husband and I plan to travel to Tennessee this summer, and I would love to visit the camp where my father trained for the army in 1942.  My mother remembers that he was in Tennessee and thought the name of the town was Tullahoma.  I am assuming that should have been Tullahoma, and I wonder if Camp...
Maryann Lindsly - This letter was dated June 2, 1941, subject of the letter "Earnings: Pvt. Wesley D. Lindsly." The letter was to certify that Pvt. Wesley D. Lindsly holds the rating of Specialist 3rd Class (Auto Mechanic) and for such rayting receives $50.00 per month...
Pam Keach - I am interested in learning about the use of German POW's as day laborers.  I have recently learned that my grandfather utilized them on his farm in Coffee County the mid-1940's.  I am curious to learn of any records kept and the conditions under
Rick Rickerson - I see on the website “POW Camps in North Carolina” that the Camp Forrest POW camp had a branch in Hendersonville, NC, where I live.  Do you happen to have any information about the H’ville camp or...
Paul Anger - My father was stationed at Camp Forrest for a few months before going to Europe in WWII. I have a camp flag or banner, purple with gold fringe, and am wondering if you or any of the folks in Tullahoma might be interested in it. There are probably
Justin Ridenour - Hello I am Justin Ridenour, a student at the University of Tennessee. I am working on a paper about Concentration and POW camps in Tennessee during WWII. This website has been very helpful, is there anything else you could tell me to get more...
Chris Davis - Here is the page I have created showing my Uncle Ralph, and some of his buddies, at Camp Forrest in the fall of 1942. https://sites.google.com/site/uncleralphinthearmy/page-8...
CAMILLE VAUCLIN - I AM CAMILLE VAUCLIN. I AM SEVENTEEN YEARS OLD AND LIVE IN FRANCE, NORMANDY. I WRITE TO YOU BECAUSE I AM A MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATION "LES FLEURS DE LA MÉMOIRE" AND I AM SPONSORING THE GRAVE OF PFC JOHN M. CARROLL. I MUST TAKE CARE OF HIS GRAVE ALL MY LIFE. I WOULD LIKE...
Mark - Are you aware if any Italians were sent here as POWs?
Louis D Owens - My Father Cpl Wm R Owens was called back to service in June 1940. He had previously joined at Ft Oglethorpe, Ga in 1937 and went to Panama, as a Heavy Cannoner. He served 34 months as a Basic Trainer before being sent to Camp Columbus, Mo and then served on Saipan as a Radio or Switchboard Operator...
Rosie - [image] I came across one recently that I keep looking at & googling because I feel like there's a mystery or back story there. The book is called The Strange Woman . It was signed by two men on the inside cover. Natalias Micci and Clyde Schaeffer, 12/20/42 Camp Forest TN Of course, it appears to be a Christmas gift given the date, but to whom?  The subject matter of the book ( a manipulative woman) could mean they...
Harald Hihs - My father (he already passed away) was a member of the German "Wehrmacht" and served in North-Africa and was imprisoned in spring '43 as far as i know. I have an English grammar book of my father where a stamp says "Army Services Forces, Fourth Service Command, Headquarters Prisoner of War Camp, Camp Forrest...
Elisabeth Lichter - My name is Elisabeth Lichter, I am 43 years old and German citizen; according to the documents I have on hands, my father was POW in Camp Forrest in 1944/45. Would you have any information on that or could you revert me to someone who could advise me? My father died in 2006 and I would...

Cathy Bibracher - [article] I am currently researching my family's history and I found out that my German grandfather was sent to camp Forrest before being transferred to Gettysburg, PA.. Here is the article.. http://gettysburgintern.blogspot.com/2009/05/german-pow-recalls-gettysburg.html I was wondering whether there are any records of him being there... anything...

Eileen Ruby Zaroff - My uncle (my father’s brother)  passed away years ago and when my aunt died last year, I inherited all items relating to my Uncle Leon.  Among his things is a hard bound book titled 33 Division Pictorial History Camp Forrest 1941-1942. I have tried on two occasions to get in touch with Eileen in an attempt to get the book which might help in identifying loved ones many people are searching for. - Steve
Monika Würzberger - My father was was 1943-1943 in Camp Forrest (PM). I search photos an documents. Can you help me?
Stephanie Moore - I came across a photo that was took at Camp Forrest in 1918 it is of Company I -11 infantry. I can not find any information on the photo if you know anything about it would you please let me know... Stephanie, please send me a copy of th photo for posting and someone might be able to help you - Steve
Marian Rogers - I just found your site and hope it will be helpful to me.  For years I have been looking for my birth father whom I was told was based at Camp Forrest.  He was drafted in June 1941 according to my information.  I was told his name was Charles Robert Johnson.  Is there any way I can find out if anyone new someone by that name.  I was told he was about 5'7", 145 lbs., with dark hair and blue yes.  His parents were...
Shannon McFarlin - Steve, I've been contracted by the Tennessee River Resort Act to write a book about Camp Tyson, which was the only barrage balloon facility in the US during WWII. It also housed both Italian and German POWs. I understand you've done research on POWs at Camp Forrest...
Robby Armstrong -  [images] What a surprise, I did a Google search for Camp Forest TN, where I was born in 1942, and there was a picture of my dad who was an instructor in the Bakers and Cooks School there during WWII.  We had never seen this picture before and were overjoyed to know it existed.  My dad died a few years ago at 89-years of age...
Amanda G. Kincaid - Hello, we are conducting an archaeological investigation on the African American barracks, listed on a historic map as "Post Detachment Area A."  I was wondering if you had come across any information or photographs about them...
Charlene Kerr - My dad worked for a contracting company which installed the ductwork for the furnaces in the barracks at the camp in the early 1940's.  The name of this company was AB SHEET METAL and I am trying to find out what city and state their headquarters were located.  I wonder if you might have access to the history of the construction...
Helmut Stoll, Jr.  [image] - Hello Steve, my name is Helmut Stoll Jr., I live in south of Germany. I found in my fathers letters also a Christmas card of Camp Forrest, which I send to you in the attachment. My father was a POW who was arrested by American Forces in Tunesia in spring 1943. He was a communication technician within the German Africa corps. He was in the following POW camps in US: Camp Opelika...
Linda Blue - Steve, my Mother was from the Sewanee are and have gone different places in the area all my life. I just for the first time went past the camp Forrest area and my brother explained what it was. I remember my Mother talking about seeing training going on and how it scared her at the time. she was definitely afraid of Germans...
Kathy Bouldin - Steve, I have a strange request, but I thought you might be able to help me.  My mom is now 85 years old and in really bad health both physically and mentally.  Recently, she began telling me a story about her first love, a Matthew C. Hunter, who she says was a medic in the Army stationed at Camp Forrest  before he was sent to Europe during WWII...
Todd South - [article] 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... (Chattanooga Times Free Press article)
Doyle C. Landers - [images] Steve, You had asked me to send you some pictures and facts concerning my Great Grandfather (Freelin Hise Moore) concerning his service with General Nathan Bedford Forrest.  I am sending you a picture of the 5th Annual Reunion of Forrest's Escort and Staff that was held in Lynchburg, Tennessee on September 7, 1886.  From the picture it appears as if it was made at the Court House.  I am also sending you a picture of my Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother.  Notice the Southern Cross, signifying service in the Confederate Army, on his suit...
Lupina Haney - My mother (Esther Lee Greene) worked in the commissary at Camp Forrest. She said her life was saved by a German POW when she sustained a severe injury working with a meat slicing machine...
M. D. Rogers - For years I have been looking for my birth father whom I was told was based at Camp Forrest.  He was drafted in June 1941 according to my information.  I was told his name was Charles Robert Johnson...

Bob L. Robinson, MG, Ret -  [images-newspaper article] At my present age of 77, I am interested in finding a suitable repository for my collection of WW II memorabilia, photos and souvenirs relating to the 30th Infantry Division activities in WW II.  If you have any thoughts about a possible worthy recipient group or organization, I would welcome them...

Julie McCall for Larry Chambers - [images] Would you have any interest in buying these posters from me, I am asking $40 each plus parcel post to Maryville. I also have other World War I and World War II magazines, books and newspapers for sale listed below... more
Glenn Mittler - Research indicates that Glenn Miller saluted the men of Camp Forest by airing their request of 'Chattanooga Choo Choo' during Miller's wildly popular, coast-to-coast radio program, 'Glenn Miller's Sunset Serenade' on the afternoon of Dec. 27, 1941. For their efforts the men received a beautiful ...
Michael Somers - I thought I would share that I discovered your site while looking for maps that I thought would help my team as we were training for deployment to Iraq. The western end of Arnold AFB is now used as a training site for combat deployments to the desert...
Vicki Young - My beloved father was at Camp Forrest 1941-1942 then off to fight in the Pacific Theater. I have his 33 Division Pictorial History Army of the United States Camp Forrest 1941-1942 but you most likely have seen this before. I recently had the Japanese Flag he brought back framed...

Andreas Haegerich - My father said that he had been captured in France and had been brought to Africa where he nearly had died from starvation. Then he was brought to America to Camp Forrest. I don't understand the reasons for this "journey" from Europe to America via Africa. Do you know anything about this? ...

Neil Spring - [images] I have this  20" X 20" - "CAMP FORREST "  banner that was found in my cousins home a few years ago.... Photographs
Rocky Perry - My father was born at Camp Forrest on Feb 6 1942 "Robert Spicer" to Mary Pedigo.  His name was later changed to Robert Perry... Searching for acquaintances of father 
David Peterka - My Grandfather was station at Camp Forrest with the Ill. National Guard. I have a 4inch scrapbook of the tour...more
Lexie Harvey - I am working on a Tennessee History project similar to a scavenger hunt, which requires my obtaining signatures of persons involved in various historical events.  One of the items listed is "someone who participated in the Tennessee Maneuvers...
Jim Corder - Can you tell me what counties in TN the footprint Camp Forrest covered?  I googled for a map overlay of Camp Forrest and didn't come up with anything. ..
Jim & Janell Roseman - Truly a wonderful thing.  I'm wondering if you might have somewhere in your data bank the name Art Seles.  He was a PFC  and was part of the Headquarters Battery, 124th Field Artillery...
Laura Opel - My father-in-law was a prisoner of War from Germany during WWII. I am not sure of which camp he Stayed at, and am trying to find out if any of the camps have lists
Martin Mayer - My father was in the German Air Force, was shot and captured by the American army and spent the rest of WWII in Camp Forrest in Tennessee. I believe he was returned to France after the war and put in a work gang for reconstruction efforts. He had fond memories and stories of his time in the camp and spoke very respectfully of his keepers...
Roger McClelland - [outside link] I He spent at least 1 year here at Camp Forest. I  have several pictures of Camp Forest and his buddies but no names on most of them. and pictures of Uncle Ken. Would you like me to send these to you. I was hoping that this might help in knowing some of his buddies and to see if they remember Kenard R Schrock.. And  hoping it may help you with adding this to your info Of Camp Forest...
Charles Fiore - I recently came across an article that mentioned 3 German POWs from Camp Forrest that worked on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN under the supervision of professor Abbott Martin. I was wondering if you (or if you know of someone else) that might be able to provide me with a couple of specifics...
Marian Horner - I have been looking for information on my dad all I know is he reenlisted in the army and he was stationed at Camp Forrest -  I am not sure of the date  I think it was in1945. His name was Harold Arthur Mason. I never knew anything about his life - my sisters...
Linda Bode - My father was a Supply Officer at Camp Forrest during World War 2 and my Mother and I lived off base with him.  During that time you had German Prisoner at Camp Forrest, he was an artist that painted... I would love to locate J Fink, or his family, find out anything that I can about him...
Jerry Kovar - [image] I am researching WWll vet, actor Neville Brand who was stationed at Camp Forrest in 1941-1942. Company F of Second Battalion of 129th Infantry. I was hoping that some readers may have stories to share, either first hand accounts or written memoirs about Mr. Brand being there...
Greg Krenzelok - [outside link] My first question is was Camp Forrest call Camp Peay at sometime? And is there any of the old Veterinary Hospital Building still standing. And if Camp Forrest was not Camp Peay is there any of the old Veterinary Hospital Standing that was at Camp Forrest...
Meg Garrett - I am a Coffee County native and resident who is very familiar with the Camp Forrest site. I have hiked extensively throughout the grid of roadways and ruins that mark the area today. Do you have any maps from military...
Carey Waldrip [image] - I tracked down a church building in Cowan, Tennessee, that is supposed to be the Chapel from Camp Forrest.  Presently it is the Hope Baptist Church on Poplar Street in Cowan... Photograph and Sketch...
Steve Cole [map] - Attached is a scan of the Corps of Engineers map dated 1943.  My scanner is getting old and tired and I have to do a lot of editing to remove the red and to brighten it up some.  You may want to edit it more and maybe reduce the size.  If you can’t reduce...
Star Hicks - I just purchased a home in Madison, TN about 2 miles from the river in a subdivision off Neelys Bend.  While exploring our new backyard, we turned over a headstone for Alfred L. Choate.  His ARMY ID no...
Jim Thebeau [images] - I purchased  this table runner with Camp Forrest embossed on each end of the runner, and  another runner with  the US Army insignia and three small doilies... ...
Samuel K. Moore Do you know of any other links that depict photography from the former German Internment Camp in Tullahoma?

Educational Papers/Projects

Major Semester Project - World History - by Jacob Worthington May 01, 2008
Interviews with three people who worked as a World War II POW Facility, Camp Forrest, near Tullahoma, Tennessee.
Constance Sachs Do you know of anyone whose family may have used German POWs on their farms during 1942-1946? I am of the opinion that if the German POWs had not been available as contract labor in several different agricultural industries, the United States may have seen a collapse of the agricultural economy due to the shortage of manpower because of the war (the majority of able-bodied men were serving in the military).
Connie Sachs... doing my thesis on the German POW camps in TN... how did the camps impact (economically, socially) the communities they were in?  what made the camps in TN unique from the camps in other parts of the country (for example, how... HAVE QUESTIONS... NEED SOME ANSWERS PLEASE???
Constance Sachs Seeking information for thesis
Junior History major at UT is seeking information or anyone with first hand experience at Camp Forrest for a possible Senior Research project or Master’s Thesis...

Recollections of Camp Forrest

Durham Caldwell (Contributed by)  Excerpts From Letters Home written by Pfc. Mitchell J. Dabrowski of Wilbraham, Mass. Note: These excerpts from letters written home by Pfc. Dabrowski  reflected the hearts of the thousands of men and women who came and went through Camp Forrest, Tennessee, also permission was given to publish excerpts of an interview of Harry Carnevale.and I thank Mr. Caldwell for his permission to reprint for all to enjoy.
Will Hawkins  Remembering dad leaving for war...
Jeanie Zalmanek  Remembering childhood days... & dad's photograph

Books & Other Publications

Russell W. Estlack - I am writing a book on the internment of German and Italian American internees during WWII. I am looking for stories, photographs, letters, and documents that I can include in my book to make it as historically accurate as possible. I will give full credit for any contributions to this project
Russ Wilkins - I have recently written and had published a book called "Missing in Belgium".  "Missing in Belgium" is not only written around my uncle and his unit, the 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 17th Airborne Division...
Susan Campbell - I am writing a story on a dog tag for a WWII soldier from Chicago that was found near Manchester and we are trying to make a connection. The area where it was found on the Murfreesboro Highway was used for maneuvers... Do you have records where the 473rd Infantry Regiment (or the military collecting unit?) of the 92nd Infantry Division was ever stationed at Camp Forrest? Also update 8/11/2008
Carol Tyler - Here's a sneak peak page from the book... (see left hand column)
Tannia E. Ortiz-Lopés - Doing research for book, "It is my goal to interview at least 12 Germans who are willing to share their stories with me in an anonymous basis." 
John Beck - John shares the title of a book that may be of interest to those seeking information about Camp Forrest.
"Hospital on Wheels WW II MASH" By Leo E. Ours, Jr.
Leo has contributed over the years to this web site and I am more than happy to include the following excerpts from his book.
Major Van Harl USAF Ret - Major Van Harl talks about the US Army Medics the subject of Leo Ours book titled "Hospital On Wheels". Leo is also a contributer to this site.
Carol Tyler  I'm in the middle of a graphic novel about my Dad & WWII that features Camp Forrest...

Photographs, Sketches, Printed Materials & Other Articles

Jas Bo - Richard Weinert  sending to his wife in Shelbyville not sure if he is still alive or his wife. (Hand sketched/painted envelope)
Carol Tyler - Here's some pictures of maneuvers...
John Beck -  have some photos of Camp Forrest Tennessee, my Dad was there from March 1941-January 1942...these will come on several emails as that's the way my sister scanned in to me. My dad's name was John Beck and he...
Roseanna Renaud - Thought you might enjoy a picture of this pristine souvenir pillow from Camp Forrest Tenn. for your site. 
Mike Mul  Camp Forrest 1943 Runners Up Basketball Team... Can anyone help indentify any of the players?
Wolfgang Reiszmann Photo contributions and other information
Bob Seymour  (7) Camp Forrest Photographs
Leo Ours Jr.  (2) Camp Forrest Photographs
Linda Cole  Sketch by Step-Father
Louis M. Buzek  (1) Photograph in Kodachrome (2) Photographs, Black/White, (2) Pencil Sketches
Greg Wine Have Camp Forrest Handbook...
Drpannen  Christmas Menu

More Photographs

| Rifle Range at Camp Forrest | Photo & Postcard Main Gate | Photos Camp Forrest Internee Huts |
| (1) Second Army Tennessee Maneuvers |
| (2) Second Army Tennessee Maneuvers | Opening of Sports Center | Item Company |
| Soldiers at Bakers and Cooks School | Mess Hall for the Bakers and Cooks |


Looking for Persons, Information, Publications, Photographs and other Items

Timothy L Torey I am looking for any pictures of the Rangers while in training at Camp Forrest...
Joe Adams - I am trying to find information on my Uncle Alley (Cpl.Alfred J. Adams serial # 33581526). He was with Company I of the 317TH Infantry of the 80TH Infantry division. Also if you have a Roll of Honor for the service men and Women who trained there and died in the service of there country...
Peter Berg - I l had been looking for a long time for information about camp forest - without success - till now! Maybe there is someone of the staff of that days or other POWs who are remembering Joseph Berg, born 16.10.1922?
Jenny Jones - Looking for artist that did a portrait of aunt that worked at Camp Forrest.
Bob Rogers - "He was 2d Lieutenant, Robert K. Rogers, in case anyone might have known him down there".
Don Mays  I'm looking for information concerning the 191st FA BN, and mainly the Batteries...
William Shaw  Looking for POW who sketched mother...
Bill & Agnes Jones  We have been trying to locate pictures made on the range...
Alton G. Rogers Pictorial history of the Seventh Division in Korea...
Jennifer Kowaleski - Looking for uncle of grandmother - "looking for Philip Reuschel all I know is that he registered during WWI".
Betty Cook  I am Looking for possible a picture or info on any one that may have heard of a John W Page Jr. ...
The PBS show History Detectives is looking for information about the German artist who did this sketch of a Col. Russell S. Wolfe. This artists name appears to be,  J.W. Guentter. View Photograph
Frank Hinchey  We have located a a couple of Sgt. Flaig's buddies, but we were hoping you might...
Alicja Kordaczka  Looking for information about Grandfather...
M.M."Butch" Self  Looking for hospital in the area of Camp Forrest...
Mary Ann Potter  Seeking information regarding dad...
Molly Frasier  Looking for more Camp Forrest Information...
Sterling Whalen  Seeking information about uncle...
Lloyd Lewis Adams - My father M/Sgt. Charles J. Adams was a part of the initial cadre when Camp Forrest was activated in Feb. 1941 - Does anyone remember M/Sgt. Adams

Observations, Recollections, Reflections & Comments

Brian Aabel - As an aside, my father kept his checking account at a bank in Tullahoma until he passed away in 1968...
Brian Harris - I am posting your web site link on a discussion group page for the 94th Alliance. The 94th Div will be holding its 2009 reunion in Nashville. 
Constance Sachs - Connie shares her concerns for the University of Tennessee Center for Study of War and Society closing it's doors. She states, "I would hate to see the records it houses just end up on a shelf somewhere and the memories of our WWII veterans fade away with them"
Daniel P. Juckett  Relating his fathers service...
Randy Houser   Internees or POW's... "My German grandfather arrived there by prisoner train from Fort Meade in 1942 and stayed until late 1943 "...
Sharon L. Noel-St.Aubin  It was an emergency cesarean operation performed by a visiting English Medical Officer, at the Army Hospital, Camp Forrest...
1st. Lt. Jack Cunningham I was on the Tennessee maneuvers and I also experienced...
Jim Blanton  ... none of the original base is left...
M.M. "Butch" Self... I was born at the Camp Forrest hospital...
Robert E. Lichty  My  father, Robert E. Lichty died in 1967.  He had served in Europe during the Second World War but had never talked about his experiences...
Barrett J. Whiteley  To: Any interested former members of the 191st Field Artillery (especially C Battery)

Other

Cartoon depiction 191st Field Artillery Battalion in action
75th Field Artillery Brigade  168th Field Artillery, 181st Field Artillery, 191st Field Artillery .