1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 29, 2020 11:24 AM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking names of prisoners of war buried at Bockman Camp


      Who is buried at the Bockman Camp in Gould, Colorado?

        • Re: Seeking names of prisoners of war buried at Bockman Camp
          Rachael Salyer Tracker

          Dear Hayle Johnson,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) has custody of the Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General (Record Group 389). Enemy POW files among these records consist mostly of camp inspection reports, camp labor reports, camp historical files, detention rosters, POW grave location reports, and Italian service unit reports. Because the files are arranged by type of report or file and thereunder by the name of the camp, identification of the specific POW camp is necessary before a search can be conducted. There is no listing by state and the records include minimal information about individual POWs.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Subject Files, 1942-1946 in Record Group 389 that includes the file Prisoner of War Graves Location, which details the interment of deceased prisoners of war (POWs) at specific Army posts and cemeteries. The file is located in box 2604 of the series and it has not been digitized. For information about and access to these records, please contact RDT2 at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          We also located the series World War II Prisoner of War Rosters, 1942-1947 in Record Group 389 that lists POW names and internment serial numbers. In addition, we located the series  Records Relating to Enemy Prisoners of War During World War II, 1942-1947 in Record Group 389 that contains death lists and various POW rosters. Lastly, we located the series Historical Files, 1941-1958 in Record Group 389 that includes the file Grave Sites, German in box 13 that may be relevant to your search. They have not been digitized. Please contact RDT2 with any questions you may have about these records.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!