Prisoners of War
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member onfire4jesus
N 44° 35.812 W 090° 10.872
15T E 723718 N 4942034
Quick Description: Prisoners of War Historical Marker
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 3/29/2007 9:48:18 PM
Waymark Code: WM1BZP
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member The Cheeseheads
Views: 40

Long Description:
"Prior to World War II, few Americans had ever been held prisoners of war on foreign soil. But the surrender of U.S. forces in the Philippines in the spring of 1942 suddenly swelled the number of POWs into the thousands, and soon a network of support groups was formed in the U.S. to exchange information about loved ones held captive. At the war's end, the Bataan Relief Organization absorbed similar "barbed-wire clubs" and in 1949 became the American Ex-Prisoners of War. A Wisconsin department was established in 1977, and Stanley G. Sommers of Marshfield, a sailor captured at Corregidor, became national commander in 1980. Sommers was instrumental in compiling data regarding the effects of incarceration on ex-POWs, some of which informed the congressional debate over passage of the Former Prisoners of War Benefit Act of 1981.

A total of 142,227 Americans were captured and held as prisoners of war during both World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam, including 1,929 Wisconsinites. Some 15,190 U.S. service personnel died in captivity, almost three-quarters of them in Japanese hands during World War II.

Erected 1990.
County: Wood

Location: Wayside

MarkerID: 295

Visit Instructions:
  • A picture of the marker with your GPSr or you holding your GPSr.
Search for...
Geocaching.com Google Map
Google Maps
MapQuest
Bing Maps
Nearest Waymarks
Nearest Wisconsin Historical Markers
Nearest Geocaches
Nearest Benchmarks
Create a scavenger hunt using this waymark as the center point
Recent Visits/Logs:
Date Logged Log User Rating  
peach107 visited Prisoners of War 3/5/2013 peach107 visited it
The Searchers visited Prisoners of War 6/8/2012 The Searchers visited it
frankhj visited Prisoners of War 7/27/2011 frankhj visited it
Team LightningBugs visited Prisoners of War 6/20/2008 Team LightningBugs visited it
Lost Pilot visited Prisoners of War 4/25/2007 Lost Pilot visited it
onfire4jesus visited Prisoners of War 3/29/2007 onfire4jesus visited it

View all visits/logs