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Camp Ruston (1994)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1994-12-16

Duration: 00:17:13

Subjects: World War II | Military | History | Camp Ruston | Prisoner of war


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Duchene, Mary Interviewee
  • Gay, John Interviewee
  • Buckland, Harold Interviewee
  • Butrell, Ruth Interviewee
  • Scalia, Mark Interviewee
  • Spione, Vince Interviewee


This segment from the December 16, 1994, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Jeff Duhe’s report on the history of Camp Ruston, a prisoner of war camp for German POWs during World War II located in Ruston, Louisiana. He interviews people who share their memories of Camp Ruston, including Mary Duchene, John Gay, Harold Buckland, and Ruth Butrell. His report also touches on the efforts to preserve the site, including interviews with Mark Scalia, a history student at Louisiana Tech University, and Vince Spione, an organizer of a Camp Ruston archive. Host: Robert Collins