The LSSC Leesburg campus was an Army Air Corps barracks and a German POW camp during World War II. In 1942, the United States Army established an army air base, which extended from the current campus site across nearby US Highway 441. Today's campus buildings sit where the base's barracks were constructed. The site was home to the 313th Tactical Fighter Squadron for a short time in 1943. After the 313th Tactical Fighter Squadron had left the location, German Prisoners of War (POWs) moved into the barracks after being transferred to Leesburg from Camp Blanding, near Starke, FL. The Leesburg camp housed 250 POWs and boasted one of the lowest rates of escape for prisoners in the county.