Railroad’s role at historic Ohio gun range to be highlighted

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The camp, located along Lake Erie about 50 miles east of Toledo, opened in 1907

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A rifle range and camp in Ohio that processed army recruits and housed prisoners of war during World War II is getting an historic marker.

The Ohio National Guard and Ohio History Connection planned to dedicate Camp Perry Joint Training Center’s marker Friday. It highlights the importance of the railroad to the camp, currently a National Guard training facility and host to the National Rifle Association’s annual National Matches.

The camp, located along Lake Erie about 50 miles east of Toledo, opened in 1907 as a rifle range and camp.

As a reception center during World War II, it processed 1,000 soldiers every three days until the prisoner-of-war camp was established in 1943. Trains later brought Italian and German POWs to the camp from ports in New York.

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