Camp Sharpe

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Camp George M. Sharpe
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in United States
Camp Sharpe is located in Pennsylvania
Camp Sharpe
Camp Sharpe
Location of Camp Sharpe in Adams County, PA
Coordinates 39°48′58.723″N 77°14′8.916″W / 39.81631194°N 77.23581000°W / 39.81631194; -77.23581000
Type Training facility
POW Camp
Site information
Owner Department of Defense (during operations)
National Park Service (after closure)
Operator  United States Army
Open to
the public
Site history
Built May 1944 (1944-05)
Built by War Manpower Commission[1]
Fate Removed and land absorbed into the Gettysburg NMP
Demolished 1947 (1947)
Events World War II
Garrison information
Capt. Laurence Thomas (1944-45)
Capt. James W. Copley (1945-46)
Occupants 2nd-5th Mobile Radio Broadcast Cos., Psychological Warfare Division (1944-1945)[2] (several hundred soldiers,[3]

Camp Sharpe was a World War II military installation on the Gettysburg Battlefield that trained soldiers for psychological operations (e.g., morale operations)[4] in the European Theater of Operations (see Operation Cornflakes & Frontpost newspaper). Adjacent to Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp NP-2 in McMillan Woods,[5] Camp Sharpe used camp CCC NP-1 and was located "in a muddy hollow at the bottom of a slanting road".[6] A USO facility for Camp Sharpe soldiers was at the former Hill house on Chambersburg Street in nearby Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

After Camp Sharpe closed in 1944, USO operations were moved c. January 1945 to "the recreation center for the guards" of the Gettysburg POW camp.[7] The former camp was used for migrant workers in the summer of 1945.[1]


  1. ^ "Tells How War Prisoners Are Treated Here". Gettysburg Times (38). 14 July 1944. p. 4. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Ford, Tom (12 January 2007). "Good Ol' Times: Readers Reminisce About Days Gone By". Gettysburg Times. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  3. ^ "Here and There". Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Star and Sentinel. 22 July 1944. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  4. ^ Hutchinson, Peter. Stefan Heym: the perpetual dissident. p. 39. Retrieved 2010-01-31.  (see also Stefan Heym)
  5. ^ "Fire Company Has Trouble With Truck". 19 October 1946. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  6. ^ Edel, Leon. The visitable past: a wartime memoir. p. 22. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Teen-Canteen gets USO Room to January 1". Gettysburg Times. 13 December 1944. Retrieved 2010-02-01.