The Italians built their own elaborately decorated church with a beautiful altar, but the latter was later destroyed by the German PoWs. Besides the church, the inmates were allowed to level ground and construct a football pitch. The prisoners were organised into five teams and ran their own league. According to an Italian PoW, they were well treated and given the same food as the local people.
Today the site has been turned into a holiday park. A few of the huts remain, though the exteriors have been plastered and pebble dashed. The water tower still stands and is used as a workshop. Unfortunately, the church was demolished some time ago to make way for a new building. The football field, indistinguishable from the rest of the camp, provides a level pitch for caravans.
Sahuarita once had POW camp: Many residents surprised to learn German Prisoners of War were housed in area as no traces of facility remain.
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Fifty-four years late, Army veteran Joseph Mandese of Lyndhurst has received the Bronze Star Medal for escaping from a German POW camp. Rep. Steve Rothman helped him get the award.
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