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Dodging the Roadkill: A Visit To The Military Memorial Museum

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyCrossville, TN – On a beautiful day in May, I joined several other bikers for a day trip to Crossville, Tennessee. We were going to visit the Military Memorial Museum.

And of course, ride the beautiful Cumberland Plateau.

In all of my years, I had never known that this museum existed, much less, that Tennessee was the home to four POW Camps during the war.

“Camp Crossville” along with Camp Forrest in Tullahoma, Camp Campbell in Clarksville, and Camp Tyson in Henry County is where German POW’s were sent. There isn’t much evidence of the other camps today, but in Crossville, what remains of the actual camp is now a 4-H camp. The Military Memorial Museum houses the memories of the war.

Military Memorial Museum in Crossville Tennessee

Military Memorial Museum in Crossville Tennessee

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Austin Peay State University professor Antonio Thompson researching history of World War II POWs in Tennessee

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – As thousands of American men traveled overseas to fight for the Allied forces during World War II, a surprising number of captured Axis prisoners of war (POWs) were making the opposite intercontinental journey.

A total of 425,000 Axis (Germany, Italy and Japan) POWs were held all across the United States in nearly every state. This marked the first time since the Civil War that large numbers of POWs were held on American soil.

APSU professor Dr. Antonio Thompson

APSU professor Dr. Antonio Thompson

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