WWII Prisoner Memorial Set For Fort Riley

By: Posted by Chris Fisher Email
By: Posted by Chris Fisher Email

FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) _ German and Italian military liaisons
will be at Fort Riley on Friday to honor World War II prisoners of
war from their nations buried at the post cemetery.

There are 62 German and 11 Italian prisoners buried at the
northeast Kansas post. The ceremony will include the laying of a
wreathe on the graves.

Similar memorials are conducted each November across the country
at military installations where German and Italian soldiers are
buried. About 4,500 prisoners were held at Fort Riley between 1943
and 1946. Some of the prisoners stayed in Kansas following the war
and were buried at the cemetery.

More than 600 POW camps were established in the United States
during World War II. They housed 350,000 soldiers, equal to 35 army
divisions.


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