During World War II, there were POW camps in all but three states of the union. Iowa had two base camps, Clarinda and Algona, and approximately 17 branch camps throughout the state that housed German, Italian, and Japanese POWs. Due to our men fighting overseas, there was a shortage of manpower. The POWs filled in by assisting with planting, harvesting, and canning food crops. If you have any stories to share about Camp Clarinda and the POWs imprisoned there, author Linda McCann would like to hear them.
About the author: Linda McCann is one of our state's most prolific researchers and writers. She has traveled and spoken to hundreds of individuals and groups about the history and narrative of Iowa. Her books include various lost histories of northeast Iowa counties, "The Cedar Valley Road", "Prohibition in Eastern Iowa", and the "Civilian Conservation Corps in Northeast Iowa".