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Windsor Branch Prisoner of War Camp
 
 
 
Windsor Branch Prisoner of War Camp was located in Sonoma County, California approximately one mile west of of the city of Windsor and six miles south of the city of Healdsburg. The camp was a branch camp of the much larger Camp Beale Prisoner of War Camp.

The US Department of Agriculture, War Food Administration leased this property to the War Department through a Memorandum of Understanding dated July 31, 1944, in lieu of a formal directive. According to the Memorandum of Understanding the period of use for the property, by the War Department, was from August 1, 1944 to December 31, 1944. The Windsor Branch POW Camp is depicted on a Real Estate Map dated July 15, 1946..
 
According to the Supplemental Agreement Terminating Occupancy and Accepting Proposed Restoration of Premises dated June 1, 1946, this property remained in possession of the War Department until June 4, 1946. According to Schedule A of the Supplemental Agreement the property consisted of a canteen, several sheds, a mess hall, a latrine, an assembly and nursery building, several utility shacks, laundry facilities, an electric motor housed in one of the buildings, a farm labor home, and a gate house and garage. The supplemental agreement also states that the War Department was to undertake removal of its property and restore the premises according to Schedule AA of this agreement . Schedule A lists improvements that were transferred to the Department of Agriculture which included a double laundry tray from the farm labor house, shower stall parts, double sink in kitchen of assembly building, trap and faucet, partitions, and an electric motor. It also provides for restoration of building sites, removal of debris and general cleanup.

An additional Supplemental Agreement dated April 7, 1947, states that the War Department=s obligation for removal of their property and restoration of premises terminated on April 8, 1947. On June 4, 1946, the property was retransfered to the Department of Agriculture, War Food Administration and custody was assigned on April 8, 1947
 
 
Source: Army Corps of Engineers
 
 

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