Unrecognized history

Editor, Gettysburg Times,

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the landings at Normandy and the beginning of the end of Nazi Europe. Our community commemorated that anniversary with an event in Gettysburg and the National Park Service held several events during the week. I find it somewhat incongruent that the NPS celebrates anything related to World War II history (other than that connected to General Eisenhower) when it has on its grounds a former World War II Army camp called Camp Sharpe. Camp Sharpe, located in McMillan Woods, was the former training ground for a group of talented and multi-lingual soldiers, many of them Jewish-Americans who escaped from Nazi Europe. They helped win the war through psychological warfare operations at the front lines, fictitious and real radio communications, intelligence collection, and document translation. Some of these soldiers helped liberate the concentration camps and photographed those atrocities at the direction of General Eisenhower. Efforts to place a simple marker at the Camp Sharpe site have been rebuffed by the National Park Service. It’s time to honor these World War II veterans with a privately-funded plaque at Camp Sharpe. Let the young people who camp there learn about the history of this little-known and heretofore unrecognized piece of Gettysburg’s military history.

Greg Howe, LTC (ret) USA,


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