WWII POW Camp - Okemah, OK...
"I was born and raised in OKEMAH. The stone walls, etc. of the huge compound, house our high school football and baseball fields. The Germans were apparently good stone masons and literally help build their own camp. I have family in OKEMAH who can forward current photos, if anyone cares to see. Better yet, I would recommend a personal visit. As a child (born in '53) there was still barbed wire top the walls." -- STEPHEN RYKER
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Stephen I too was born in Okemah in 1936. I remember walking by ( I believe it was called the Pecan bowl ) and the prisoners waving at us. My grandparents lived North of it and left just before the road curved. We were only there for two week vacations in the summer. We went to a rodeo in the Pecan bowl. Seems like some movie personality was there. Are you related to Raymond, Glen and Pac Ryker. Helen Ryker, Glen's widow is a distant relative on my Morphis side. I saw her a few weeks ago. I would like to see some pictures of the Pecan bowl. I didn't realize that the prisoners built wall there. ~Dolores Frimel 2009-07-18 01:45:27
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