Utah Massacre

rivate Clarence V. Bertucci


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.

Published in: on July 10, 2015 at 4:30 pm  Comments (3)  


  1. Without denying that the man seems to have been a drunken misfit, perhaps his Italian descent had something to do with his hatred of Germans. And if he had heard anything of what the Germans did in Italy in the last two years of war, he might well have been extra honked off. But hatred of Germans was not rare among Italians: http://fpb.livejournal.com/651873.html

    • Perhaps Fabio, although the ranks of the Army had large numbers of Italian-Americans with harsh feelings towards the Germans, and none of them did anything like this.

      • Like I said, the man was a drunken misfit. It’s just that if you say that he gave no other explanation for his crime than that he hated Germans, that could be reason enough for millions of Italians and hundreds of millions other Europeans in the summer of 1945.

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