Prisoner of War Escapees
Nearly 1,600 enemy prisoners
escaped from American Camps. There were 47,000 guards to watch over the 360,000
German and Italian prisoners of war. Though this escape figure seems high, it
should be remembered the re-capture rate was correspondingly high - no prisoner
ever succeeded in gaining his freedom. Fort Reno's only escape lasted two weeks.
The escapees surrendered at the El Reno train depot. An escape was futile as
there was no viable way to return to Germany. One escapee did make it all the
way to France before being recaptured, but he did not escape from Oklahoma.
There are 59 escapees named and 33 unnamed. from the Oklahoma Camps. These names
were extracted from local newspaper accounts in Oklahoma.
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Page Updated March 17, 2003
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