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Palm tree drawings on some Fort Knox chimneys aren’t from a mason’s Florida vacation fantasy – they are the mark of German prisoners of war.
Symbolizing the Afrika Korps expeditionary force, the trees at least lack the swastika on the trunk of the official seal.
The Army post during World War II was home to thousands of enemy soldiers, some of whom were put to work repairing officers’ homes after a big storm, said Antonio Thompson, a history professor at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.
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