History & Culture
Photo by Robert Ross
The Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument will bring increased understanding of the high price paid by some Americans on the home front. The Tule Lake Segregation Center National Historic Landmark and nearby Camp Tulelake in California were both used to incarcerate Japanese Americans forcibly removed from the west coast of the United States.
They encompass the original segregation center's stockade, the War Relocation Authority Motor Pool, the Post Engineer's Yard and Motor Pool, a small part of the Military Police Compound, several historic structures used to imprison Japanese Americans and to intern German and Italian prisoners of war at Camp Tulelake, and the sprawling landscape that forms the historic setting.
Learn more about the Japanese Internment experience from these organizations:
National Historic Sites
National Japanese American Historical Society>
Japanese American National Museum>
Tule Lake Committee>
Library of Congress>
The National Archives>
Did You Know?
Martial law was imposed on November 14, 1943. The Army took control of the Tule Lake Segregation Center with 1,200 armed soldiers. The 28 guard towers were manned 24/7 by armed soldiers, 8 tanks, 6 patrol cars. The Army had 18 horses used by the guards to patrol the perimeter of the prison.