Fort McDowell / Angel Island (detention facility)


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US Gov Name Fort McDowell Internment Camp
Facility Type U.S. Army Internment Camp
Administrative Agency U.S. Army
Location Fort McDowell, California (37.8500 lat, -122.4167 lng)
Date Opened
Date Closed
Population Description Held Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants from Hawai'i; one Norwegian national; and one Japanese prisoner of war (POW).
General Description Also known as "Angel Island," a 740-acre island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay.
Peak Population 99 (1942-02-21)
National Park Service Info
  • This facility served as a port of arrival for internees from Hawai'i who were then transferred to other inland facilities. Issei internee Kumaji Furuya devotes a chapter of his memoirs to his five day stay 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 2014. Another Hawai'i internee, Yasutaro Soga, also writes about his stint at Angel Island in his memoir; see Life behind Barbed Wire: The World War II Internment Memoirs of a Hawai'i Issei (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2008).
  • Fort McDowell is more commonly known as "Angel Island," an immigration station that opened in 1910 and was turned over to the War Department in 1940.