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Stringtown (detention facility)

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US Gov Name Stringtown Internment Camp
Facility Type U.S. Army Internment Camp
Administrative Agency U.S. Army
Location Stringtown, Oklahoma (34.4667 lat, -96.0500 lng)
Date Opened
Date Closed
Population Description Held German internees and POWs and possibly Issei
General Description Located 5 miles north of Stringtown in southern Oklahoma. Currently a medium-security facility, the Mack Alford Correctional Center.
Peak Population
National Park Service Info

Detention site in Atoka County, Oklahoma, that held German internees and POWs during World War II. Built in 1933 as an annex to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, Stringtown became the Oklahoma State Technical Institute in 1937. In 1942, a group of German internees were moved to Stringtown from Ft. Lincoln, North Dakota. In his study of the Ft. Lincoln detention camp, John Christgau wrote that Stringtown had "a penitentiary atmosphere, with smashed windows, cockroaches, and worst of all, pro-Nazi radicals." Tetsuden Kashima writes that Stringtown held "at least" 176 Issei in 1942, the only mention of Issei being held there. No further information on who these Issei could be found. Stringtown later held naval prisoners of war. After the war, it reverted to being a prison and is now the site of the Mack Alford Correctional Center, a medium security prison. [1]

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

Footnotes

  1. Barbara Wyatt, ed., Japanese Americans in World War II: National Historic Landmarks Theme Study (Washington, D.C.: National Historic Landmarks Program, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, 2012), 189; John Christgau, "Enemies": World War II Alien Internment (Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1985; Lincoln, Nebraska: Authors Choice Press, 2001), 84; Tetsuden Kashima, Judgment Without Trial: Japanese American Imprisonment during World War II (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002), 257n32, 259n36.

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