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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 and under the care of the VA National Cemetery Administration.
Fort Lewis Post Cemetery, Ft. Lewis, Pierce. County, WA, active military installation.
Vancouver Barracks Post Cemetery, Vancouver, Clark County, WA, under the care of the VA National Cemetery Administration.

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

There were 9 base camps, 10 branch camps, 3 hospitals, 1 prison, 3 internment locations, and 3 cemeteries in WA. More information in my book, American Prisoner of War Camps in Washington and Oregon, available at

Also my book, Prisoner of War Camps Across America, is in Kindle format on Amazon.

For more information about these camps, please see:

Barracks Cemetery
Fort Lawson Cemetery
Fort Lewis Cemetery

GenTracer POW Kathy Kirkpatrick

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