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POW Camps in Washington

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This list of Prisoner of War Camps, Italian Service Unit Camps, and Prisoner of War Hospitals is based on weekly reports located on NARA microfilm #66-538 (population lists June 1942-June 1946). Additional locations based on newspapers, interviews, and other NARA records (at College Park and Regional Archives).

The POW Camps in Washington during World War II included:

•Auburn H + R Point, Auburn, King and Pierce County, WA (base camp)
•Barnes General Hospital, Vancouver Barracks, Clark County, WA
•Baxter (Jedediah H.) General Hospital, Spokane, Spokane County, WA
•Lawton (Fort Henry W.), Seattle, King County, WA (base camp)
•Lewis (Fort Meriwether), Pierce and Thurston County, WA (base camp) (see Spanaway, WA)
•Madigan (Patrick S.) General Hospital, Fort Lewis, Pierce County, WA (base camp)
Mount Rainier Ordnance Depot, Tacoma, Pierce County, WA (base camp)
•Seattle ASF Depot, Seattle, King County, WA (base camp)
•Spanaway (Camp), Pierce County, WA (see Lewis, WA)

Enemy alien internment camps:
•Lewis (Fort Meriwether), Pierce and Thurston County, WA (German, Italian, and Japanese)
•McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary, Pierce County, WA (Japanese)
•Seattle INS Detention Facility, King County, WA (temporary detention station) (Italian and Japanese)

•Fort Lawton Post Cemetery, Ft. Lawton, King County, WA, now part of Discovery Park in the City of Seattle.
•Fort Lewis Post Cemetery, Ft. Lewis, Pierce. County, WA, active military installation.
•Vancouver Barracks Post Cemetery, Vancouver, Clark County, WA, still federal land.

For a book about Fort Lawton, check out On American Soil by Jack Manann.

There were 6 base camps, 10 branch camps, 3 hospitals, 1 Federal prison, 3 internment locations, and 3 cemeteries in WA. More information in my latest book titled Prisoner of War Camps Across America and is available in Kindle format on Amazon and in Nook format on Barnes and Noble.

For more information about these camps, please see:

Barracks Cemetery
Fort Lawson Cemetery
Fort Lewis Cemetery

GenTracer POW Kathy Kirkpatrick

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