Camp McCoy, Wisconsin

This was a U.S. Army Internment Camp that opened on March 1, 1942. Its purpose was to hold Japanese immigrants from Hawaii, German and Italian nationals, and German and Japanese POWs.

Once the Issei internees were transferred to Dept. of Justice camps in 1943 the camp became a training center for the 100th Battalion.

During the later years of the war, Camp McCoy was also used to hold 4,000 Japanese and German prisoners of war (POWs)--soldiers captured and brought to the U.S. There were fourteen escape attempts by the Japanese POWs; all were recaptured.

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