By and large the US gave excellent treatment to enemy POWs during World War II. That increased the shock of what occurred on July 8, 1945 at Camp Salina in Utah. Two hundred and fifty German POWs awaited repratriation now that their War was over. Private Clarence V. Bertucci had been out drinking and came back to camp just after midnight. A sixth grade drop out, and a military misfit who was not promoted during five years in the Army, Bertucci climbed to a guard tower and turned the machine gun on Germans sleeping in tents. Two hundred and fifty rounds were fired, leaving 21 Germans wounded and eight Germans dead.
Eventually nine Germans died and were buried with full military honors at the camp. Bertucci, who expressed no remorse and said he simply hated Germans, was packed off to a mental hospital. Eventually released, he died in 1969.