Established in 1941, Camp Crowder was a large military base located in Newton and McDonald counties and at its height had a population of over 47,000 soldiers, Women’s Army Corps, and Red Cross officers. The base was over 42,000 acres and functioned as a city with multiple businesses and a hospital inside. Camp Crowder offered military training in 40 communication styles, medical corps, ground troops and had an Officer Candidate Prep School. During WWII, Camp Crowder had a prisoner of war (POW) camp of over 2000 prisoners from Germany. In 1947, the camp was deactivated.
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