New Monument Unit Begins Tours
Tulelake, CA – World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Tule Lake Unit began giving the first of its on-site summer tours on Saturday, May 16th. On Dec. 5, 2008 President Bush, designated the former Tule Lake Segregation Center and Camp Tulelake (former CCC camp, prisoner of war, Japanese American confinement site), as one of the nine areas identified as part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.
The tours were given as part of the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Migratory Bird Festival. The tours of the Camp Tulelake site included history of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Japanese American Segregation and confinement, as well as the use of the site as a German and Italian prisoner war camp. The camp which is one of two sites for the new unit is an on-going preservation project for the Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuge Association and the tours were arranged to promote the new monument as well as to recruit volunteers for the on-going preservation efforts.
The New Monument Unit will open its doors Friday May 22, at its temporary Visitor Center location at the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds in Tulelake, Ca. Site tours will be given as requested through the summer. The contact number for the new monument is 530-260-0537.
Did You Know?
Approximately 150,000 German and Italian POWs arrived in the United States after the surrender of Gen. Rommel's Afrika Korps in 1943. When the war was over, there were 425,000 enemy prisoners in 511 main and branch camps. Camp Tulelake was a branch camp.