Camp Blanding (detention facility)
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|US Gov Name||Camp Blanding Internment Camp|
|Facility Type||U.S. Army Internment Camp|
|Administrative Agency||U.S. Army|
|Location||Starke, Florida (29.9333 lat, -82.1000 lng)|
|Population Description||Held German Latin Americans and German POWs|
|General Description||U.S. Army Internment Camp located in Starke, Florida, southwest of Jacksonville, in northeast Florida.|
|National Park Service Info|
A large army training center in north-central Florida during World War II—among those who trained there were some Nisei destined for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team or Military Intelligence Service —Camp Blanding also had a separate compound that held around three hundred German Latin American internees in the spring and summer of 1942. In Judgment Without Trial , Tetsuden Kashima cites documents noting five "Japanese" also interned there. There is no further information on who these "Japanese" internees were, whether Japanese Latin American , local resident Issei , or others. Later in the war, Camp Blanding was the site of a large camp for German POWs, with over 4,000 having been held there.
For More Information
Robert D. Billinger Jr. "With the Wehrmacht in Florida: The German POW Facility at Camp Blanding, 1942–1946." The Florida Historical Quarterly 58.2 (Oct. 1979): 160–73.
George E. Cressman, Jr. "Camp Blanding Station Hospital in the War Years." The Florida Historical Quarterly 93.4 (Spring 2015), 553–86.
Kashima, Tetsuden. Judgment Without Trial: Japanese American Imprisonment during World War II . Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002.
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