World War II

WHERE NAZIS ONCE ROAMED

HEARNE, TEXAS, sits almost in the middle of a triangle with corners located at Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston. The two-hour drive through the pan-flat countryside from the Dallas area would be straightforward except for a Texas-sized rainstorm that at times makes it seem I am driving through a waterfall. Thankfully, when I reach the sign for the Hearne city limits, the rain has just about stopped—though the gray skies and chilly temperature make a fitting backdrop for my destination, a site that 4,700 German soldiers called home between 1943 and 1946.

The camp would have remained in obscurity, like the 70-odd other prisoner-of-war camps in Texas, if it weren’t for Professor Michael Waters of Texas A&M’s Department of Anthropology. As a result of an archeological dig he and his students performed in 1995, the Camp Hearne Museum,

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