Lyle Slade Interview, December 3, 1979


Lyle Slade


Julie Kenfield



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Lyle Slade discusses working as a Border Patrol officer and guard at Fort Missoula in Missoula, Montana, during World War Two. Slade recalls his duties as a guard, and life for the detainees at the camp, most of whom were Italian seamen, as well as few Japanese and Germans. Slade describes Fort Missoula as one of the more pleasant detention centers, detailing the meals and daily life of the detainees, who occasionally worked as hired help in the town of Missoula and in the Bitterroot Valley. Slade discusses detainees with whom he was friendly, and recalls his other wartime duties, such as transporting high-risk prisoners to different detention centers. He discusses his time in the Border Patrol after the war, working on the Mexican and Canadian borders, and credits his knowledge of Italian language, which he picked up while interacting with Italian detainees, as helping him learn Spanish during Border Patrol training.

Document Type

Oral History


World War, 1939-1945; Prisoners and prisons; Concentration camps; Tule Lake, California; Crystal City, Texas; Bismarck, North Dakota; Fort Lewis; Thomas, Wolfgang

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

World War Two Detainees at Fort Missoula Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 066-001, 002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (32 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:19:21 minutes

Local Filename

OH_066_001_002.mp3; OH_066_001_002.pdf

Lyle Slade Interview, December 3, 1979