There were about 500 German and Italian POWs here in New Bern at Camp Battle for two years during World War II. Then the war ended. In 1946 Camp Battle was closed. What happened to those prisoners? Steve Tyson explores the story of the last POW to leave Camp Battle. This fascinating history will be the subject of the New Bern Historical Society’s Lunch & Learn on Thursday, October 10 at 11:30 am at The Chelsea Restaurant.
Steve Tyson is a native New Bernian with a love of history. He shares many historic images on his Faceboook Page, Remember In New Bern When. He has spent many hours researching the stories behind Camp Battle. In business, Steve began as a general contractor, spending 25 years in new home construction and remodeling. In 2007 he joined wife Jana in real estate sales. Steve has given his time on many local boards. He served as a Craven County Commissioner and is on the board of CarolinaEast Health System, Craven 100 Alliance Building Committee, and the Craven County Disaster Recovery Alliance. In 2019 Steve Tyson received the Community Fabric Award for Individual Leadership presented by Craven Community College Foundation.
Lunch & Learn starts at 11:30 a.m. at The Chelsea Restaurant, 335 Middle Street, New Bern. The cost is $17 for Historical Society members and $22 for non-members; lunch is included. Advance reservations must be made by calling the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558, or can be ordered at www.NewBernHistorical.org/tickets. Lunch choices are Beef Tenderloin with Cabernet Demi Glace or Brown Butter BBQ Chicken with Potatoes Au Gratin and Mixed Vegetable Medley. Carrot Cake will be served for dessert.