This is a collection of stand-alone interviews pulled together by Archives and Special Collections around the topic of Italian and Japanese detainees held at Fort Missoula during World War II. These interviews detail the relocation of Italian and Japanese internees to Fort Missoula, how the Fort functioned as an internment camp, and what the detainees did for work during their internment period. These interviews were conducted in 1979. The original interviews are held at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 3 interviews.
Arthur Deschamps Jr.
Arthur Deschamps, Jr. discusses the seizure of Italian immigrants and their relocation to Fort Missoula in Missoula, Montana, under the Immigration Naturalization Service during World War II. He describes how the immigrants in Fort Missoula came to work in agriculture, the support from the Immigration ... Read More
Lyle Slade discusses working as a Border Patrol officer and guard at Fort Missoula in Missoula, Montana, during World War II. Slade recalls his duties as a guard, and life for the detainees at the camp, most of whom were Italian seamen, as well as ... Read More
Mary E. Bell
Mary Bell recalls moving from Minnesota in 1941 to work at Glacier National Park before relocating to Missoula, Montana to serve as the Director of Food Operation at the Florence Hotel. Bell talks about the food rationing that occurred during World War II and the ... Read More