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Camp Carson

Type   188 Army Base, Prison Camp
Historical Name of Location   El Paso, Colorado, United States
Coordinates   38.555556000, -104.842500000


ww2dbaseCamp Carson was established primarily in El Paso County outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States after the US entry into WW2, using land purchased by the city of Colorado Springs. The land, which was donated to the US Army, was 5,533-acre (about 22 square kilometers) in size, and it cost US$36,500. The US government purchase an additional 29,676 acres (about 120 square kilometers) of nearby private land to bolster the size of the new Army camp. The the construction's peak, nearly 11,500 workers were employed. The completed camp housed 35,173 enlisted men, 1,818 officers, and 592 nurses. Mules were often see at the camp as they were often employed to tow artillery pieces. During the WW2 period, the camp trained over 100,000 soldiers and saw the activation of 125 units of various sizes, the first major unit being the 89th Infantry Division. A number of foreign units trained at Camp Carson, including a Greek infantry battalion and an Italian ordnance company. It also had the capacity to hold 12,000 prisoners of war; at the height of this role, the camp housed 9,000 Axis, mostly Italian and German, prisoners. Most of the prisoners were employed in nearby agricultural and logging industries. In 1954, the base was upgraded to fort status and was renamed Fort Carson. The base was expanded to its present size of 137,000 acres (about 550 square kilometers) in the 1960s. It remained an active military base through the time of this writing in 2017.

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Last Major Update: Dec 2017

Camp Carson Interactive Map


US 89th Infantry Division personnel training in a mock French village, Fort Carson, Colorado, United States, 1942Ford GPA amphibious jeep, Fort Carson, Colorado, United States, early 1940s
See all 14 photographs of Camp Carson

Camp Carson Timeline

31 Jan 1942 The headquarters building at Camp Carson in Colorado, United States was completed.
15 Jul 1942 Camp Carson in Colorado, United States was officially activated, although the 89th Infantry Division had already been activated at the base in the month prior.
16 Dec 1949 US Strategic Air Command established a survival school at Camp Carson in Colorado, United States; it would later move to Stead Air Force Base, Nevada, United States in 1952.
27 Aug 1954 Camp Carson in Colorado, United States was upgraded to Fort Carson.

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1. P.T.Hohe says:
9 May 2020 06:15:54 PM

My brother, Robert, was stationed at Camp Carson from June thru August, 1944 with the 101st Division, 413th Infantry Regiment
2. Martin Meertens says:
6 Jul 2020 06:22:21 AM

Hallo wij zijn de abotanten van het graf van Robert L.Baker te Henri-Chapelle
we hadden graag wat info en foto;s van robert gehad daar mijn dochter van 14 jaar een dagboek is bij aan het houden
3. Alexander Grundhöfer says:
17 Jan 2021 07:45:21 AM

Hello, my grandfather was among one of the first pow at camp carson. In his memoirs are a few pictures from his time. I'd gladly provide them for you. Do you happen to have more information about the pow from camp carson?
4. Anton Staudinger says:
13 Jan 2022 02:19:55 AM

Mein Vater Anton Staudinger Obergefreiter mit der Nummer81.6-229445, war meiner Kenntnis nach im Camp Carson in Gefangenschaft. Vielleicht gibt es Angaben ĂĽber einen genaueren Standort.
5. Phil Hudson says:
9 Feb 2022 07:12:27 AM

My father was there 1943 training as a medic 31 general hospital Philippines 45 and 46.cant seem to find any info.
6. Lester Bair says:
28 Jul 2022 09:05:23 PM

I was told my grandfather was aArmy Corps Engineer on this base but was told that they didn’t know what years. His Name was James Oscar Jaques Born 1916. If anyone can help in get in the right direction to find out more about my grandfather that would be greatly appreciated.
7. Robert B Rostig says:
29 May 2023 07:01:58 PM

My Father, Kurt Walter Rostig, I believe, was a POW in Camp Carson at the end of WWII (1944-1946). Is it possible to get confirmation of his time spent there?
8. Randi Samuelson-Brown says:
6 Sep 2023 07:23:53 AM

@Robert B. Rostig - Hi Robert, I am trying to find information on this topic as well. Have you have any success?
9. Don Stock says:
6 Apr 2024 03:29:50 PM

My Father was Bernard A Stock and he told me he was ALL SERVICE(s) basketball guard player. And stationed at Camp Carson at the time. He was a good athlete, I dont really doubt that story of his. Not sure how to confirm it tho.

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WW2-Era Place Name El Paso, Colorado, United States
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US 89th Infantry Division personnel training in a mock French village, Fort Carson, Colorado, United States, 1942Ford GPA amphibious jeep, Fort Carson, Colorado, United States, early 1940s
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