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Salina, Utah: German POW Massacre

Nine German POWs were killed and 19 injured by an insane American GI with a machine gun. Exhibit at the reconstructed POW camp opened in 2016.

E. Main St., Salina, UT
US Hwys 50 or 89 to downtown, then drive east on Main St. The exhibit is in a small, old, brown building at the east end of Main St., on the south side, just before you reach the town cemetery.
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Model of Camp Salina.

German POW Massacre

This museum reopened in November 2016, and it's fantastic! I stopped just to check out the outside and the guide, Joy Bingham, greeted me and immediately led me on a short free tour. She guides you through three of the original buildings. They also have two short videos you can watch during the tour which are actually informative, captivating and the last one is heart wrenching. They go over the original CCC ground it was (part of the New Deal) and then you move over to a 2nd building to go over the POW phase of the camp. There is a model of the camp in that building which is stunning!

[Cherry S., 09/12/2017]
German POW Massacre

Check Facebook for hours, only open a few hours a month. Still pretty cool to look in through all the windows, but can't wait to try again in the summer!

[Lizz, 01/02/2017]
Camp Salina

A rebuilt WWII POW Camp and museum is a memorial to German POWs who were killed here. One July night in 1945, a U.S. soldier started shooting German prisoners. Nine Germans were killed, making it the worst massacre at a U.S. POW camp during World War II.

[B Stone, 11/16/2016]

On July 18, 1945, Pvt Clarence Bertucci climbed the guard tower at the Salina POW camp and began firing a .30-caliber machine gun into the tents where German prisoners were sleeping. Nine prisoners died and another 19 were injured. Bertucci was locked in an insane asylum until he died in 1969. Sept. 2017: Photo added.

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