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Brief History

Gila River


Heart Mountain







Tule Lake

Isolation Centers

Add'l Facilities

Assembly Centers

DoJ and
US Army Facilities



Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Confinement and Ethnicity:
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An Overview of World War II
Japanese American Relocation Sites

by J. Burton, M. Farrell, F. Lord, and R. Lord

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Chapter 17 (continued)
Department of Justice and U.S. Army Facilities

U.S. Army Facilities
Fort Sill, Oklahoma

Area 2400, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Figure 17.53. Area 2400, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. (from Walls 1987)
Near Lawton, Oklahoma, Fort Sill held some 350 Japanese American Issei who had been first interned at Fort Missoula (Van Valkenberg 1995). It was at Fort Sill that a Japanese Hawaiian internee, distraught over leaving his wife and 12 children behind, was shot and killed by guard while trying to escape. He was crying "I want to go home, I want to go home" as he climbed the barbed wire fence in broad daylight (Saiki 1982).

The Fort Sill Military Reservation is now the headquarters of the U.S. Army Field Artillery. The old fort area established in 1869 is now a National Historic Landmark. It is not clear where on the expansive military base the Japanese Americans were held, but the current fort archeologist noted that in "Area 2400" southwest of Sheridan and Hunt Roads a German POW camp was located (Spivey, personnel communication, 1999). It seems likely that the POW camp and Japanese American internment camp were one and same, as at other U.S. Army facilities. The area has been cleared for the most part and some new buildings have been constructed in the area (Figure 17.53). It is not known if slab foundations still present at the site date to the internment.

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