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)|
|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.