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Fort Lewis (detention facility)

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US Gov Name Fort Lewis Internment Camp
Facility Type U.S. Army Internment Camp
Administrative Agency U.S. Army
Location Fort Lewis, Washington (47.1333 lat, -122.4833 lng)
Date Opened 1942
Date Closed March 30, 1943
Population Description Held people of Japanese descent from Alaska, Hawaii, and the mainland U.S.; also held German and Italian nationals.
General Description Located within Fort Lewis Army Base, 17 miles south of Tacoma, Washington.
Peak Population 42 (1942-05-04)
National Park Service Info
  • The War Department planned Fort Lewis as a temporary facility. By 1943, all the internees of Japanese and Italian descent were sent to the Department of Justice (DOJ) internment camp at Fort Missoula, Montana; the German internees were transferred to the DOJ internment camp at Fort Lincoln, North Dakota.