By the end of 1943, when the need for basic training of armed forces recruits slackened, the federal government had established POW camps in or near nineteen (19) communities in Texas. As the labor shortage became more acute, the Office of the Provost Marshal General (PMGO) contracted more POW camps throughout the state. By the end of 1944, there were seventy-two (72) POW camps throughout Texas.
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