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Genealogy society hears about WWII POW camp

Milam County Genealogical Society met May 24 with 13 members present. Linda Whorton presented a program on the German prisoner of war camp at Camp Bowie in Brown County that operated from August, 1943, until World War II’s end.

She also presented a report on a little known or reported “bombing” of the United States by the Japanese. In 1945 the Japanese built hot-air balloons that were armed with incendiary bombs. Their intention was to send these balloons to the U.S. using the jet stream air currents.

Once in the U.S., the bombs were intended to land in the forests or farmlands, setting them on fire, and causing panic in the general population. The balloon bombs were of little effect, although several lives were lost, because the U.S. government put a lid on publicity about the balloons that managed to land on the mainland. Two of the balloons landed in Texas, neither causing any damage, and publicity about them was controlled.

The society’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, in the conference room of Citizens National Bank, 140 East Cameron, Rockdale (rear entrance). Bill Buckner of Waco will present a program on using newspapers in genealogical research. Visitors are welcome. Refreshments will be provided by members whose surnames begin with P through Z. Drinks, ice and paper goods will be provided.— Linda Whorton, publicity

Blackwood Quartet at Milano June 24

MILANO—The Milano Senior Citizens Center will hold its annual fund-raiser at 8 p.m. Friday, June 24, a concert by the Blackwood Quartet, at the center.

Tickets are $10 adults, $5 children. Contact Jane Friedrichs, 512-455-9560.

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