Remembering German POWs Interred at Fort Douglas

On July 8, 1945, an American soldier on guard duty fired a machine gun into the sleeping quarters of 250 German POWs. Nine were killed; 19 more were wounded. The nine who died were interred at Fort Douglas Military Cemetery, joining 21 other German POWs who died during 1917-18.


A monument in the cemetery is inscribed with the following:

"The German War Memorial to the Victims of War was erected by the German-Americans of the United States of America in cooperation with the American Legion of the State of Utah in memory of the men who died while interned at Fort Douglas during World War I. 

The monument was designed and constructed by Arno Steinecke. It was dedicated on Memorial Day, May 30, 1933. 

Fifty-five years later, in 1988, the monument was restored by sculptor Hans Huettlinger and his son John under arrangements made by the German Air Force and German War Graves Commission. 

Today the restored monument stands in of the victims of both World Wars who are buried here in Fort Douglas Cemetery and to the victims of war and despotism throughout the world. " 


The German Chorus Harmonie will sing at this year's Volkstrauertag ceremony at Fort Douglas Military Cemetery on Sunday, November 13th at 10am. Volkstraurertag, or The German National Day of Mourning, honors those who have died as victims of war and terror. 

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    timothy May (Monday, 15 May 2017 15:00)

    Why did so many German POW's die at Ft. Douglas in 1917-1918? Twenty-one soldiers sounds like a high mortality rate. Does it not?

    Thank you for your time...