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Japanese Prisoners of War in Utah


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During WWII, over 15,000 prisoners of war were sent to Utah (Allan Kent Powell, "Splinters of a Nation: German Prisoners of War in Utah"), out of the over 425,000 prisoners of war in the United States. About 7000 of these men were Italians while about 8000 were Germans.

I've been collecting information on the experiences of these prisoners and the community members who came into contact with them. A non-profit organization called "TRACES of 400,000: Museum, Archive, Culture, Conference and Activities Project" has similar goals concerning all of these WWII Prisoners of War in the US. I spoke about World War II Italian Prisoners of War in Utah at the second international TRACES (http://www.traces.org) conference on May 31, 2003. A copy of that presentation is available through [email protected]

All of the 33 World War II Prisoners of War who died in Utah are buried at Fort Douglas Military Cemetery in Salt Lake City. A list of the Japanese man follows. Their death certificates can be obtained through [email protected]

Shigeo Shibata (#42J-187) was born on 3 August 1922 in Formosa, Japan. Died on 31 July 1944 at Bushnell General Hospital, Brigham City, Weber County from gunshot wounds in combat (as a civilian) 6 months earlier. (UT Death #115) (NARA RG 389, Entry (A1) 467, Box 1513)


Links to other sites about Prisoners of War in Utah include:
German Prisoners of War in Utah Photos
Italian Prisoners of War in Utah
Italian Prisoners of War in Utah Photos
Italian Service Unit in Utah Photos
Japanese Prisoners of War in Utah
Utah POWs
WW I German Prisoners of War in Utah
WW II German Prisoners of War in Utah


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