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August 16, 2009


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research archivist, Fort Douglas Museum

This article contains mis-information that careful research would have eliminated. The Prisoner of War camp where the shooting took place was near Salina, Utah (about 150 miles south of Salt Lake City). The men who died in the incident are buried at the Fort Douglas Cemetery with others who were interred during WWII. The headstones indicate that they were
German, and give rank if appropriate. Other details are available from the Utah State Historical Society, and the Fort Douglas Military Museum.

Romeo  Vitelli

Thank you for your comment. The post was corrected.

research archivist, Fort Douglas Museum

Please accept one more geographical correction and comment. Fort Douglas is in Salt Lake City. The POW Camp where the incident happened was just outside of Salina(in rural central Utah) NOT at Fort Douglas. The dead were transported across the state to the Fort Douglas Cemetery for military burial, and the wounded were also transported to be treated appropriately for their injuries.
Thank you for making the corrections, as this is an important event to be studied and learned from.

Romeo  Vitelli

Further correction made.

research archivist, Fort Douglas Museum

Again, Thank you.


do you have any more information about guards in the salina utah POW camp? one of them was my grandfather, but he never knew, my grandma gave the baby to her parents to raise....I still live in salina and wondering who some of these guards names were?

Romeo  Vitelli

I'm sorry, I couldn't tell you that. You might try contacting the Fort Douglas Museum in Salt Lake City. Here's their website.



Clarence Bertucci came from a home where he was beaten daily. He spent the remainder of his life after the war crime in a mental hospital in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Romeo  Vitelli

Thanks for sharing that. There's so little information on him available.

Error Checker

"wasupset" is not a word according to the article. It is "was upset"

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