During World War II, the U.S. Army operated two large and 17 smaller prisoner of war camps in Wyoming. Prisoners worked on farms and in the camps, often for private employers, who paid a going rate for local wages. Some prisoners became friends with their supervisors, others with the farm families they worked for.
Cheryl O’Brien is an author from Dubois, Wyoming. O’Brien’s book, World War II POW Camps of Wyoming, published in 2019, features details, photos and stories about Wyoming’s nineteen POW camps and camp residents. In addition, O’Brien’s article, “Camp Dubois, Wyoming: A Legacy of Literature,” was published in the Autumn 2015 issue of the Annals of Wyoming, The Wyoming History Journal.