In 1944 a major part of the Houlton Army Air Base was made into Camp Houlton, a Prisoner of War internment camp. POWs could not be forced to work, but could volunteer to do so.
Camp Houlton provided laborers for local farms to harvest peas, pick potatoes and other work but not all POWs were allowed to work on the farms for security reasons.
Many farmers came to see the POWs who worked their fields as good laborers rather than enemy soldiers.
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