Camp Forrest (detention facility)
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|US Gov Name||Camp Forrest Internment Camp|
|Facility Type||U.S. Army Internment Camp|
|Administrative Agency||U.S. Army|
|Location||Tullahoma, Tennessee (35.3500 lat, -86.2000 lng)|
|Population Description||Held Japanese immigrants from the U.S.; also held German and Italian nationals.|
|General Description||U.S. Army internment camp located in a wooded area of rural Tennessee, 70 miles south of Nashville.|
|National Park Service Info|
- At this site, the barracks consisted of five-man huts for a total capacity of 300 persons.
- The population of internees of Japanese ancestry reached 190 in early 1942; however, by June of that year most had either been repatriated to Japan or transferred to Camp Livingston , Louisiana
- The first group of approximately 172 Issei internees from Hawai'i to be shipped to the mainland spent about one month at Camp Forrest—between stints at Camp McCoy , Wisconsin and Camp Livingston , Louisiana—from late May to late June 1942. Kumaji Furuya , one of those interned, devotes a chapter of his memoirs to his time there; see Suikei Furuya, Haisho tenten (Honolulu: Hawai taimususha, 1964). An English translation of this book will be published by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i in 2013.