Fort Missoula

Department of Justice Internment Camp

Location: Missoula, Montana

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Letter from Issei man (March 9, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-66)
doc Letter from Issei man (March 9, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-66)
Excerpt: "How are you dear. I guess you are very busy as working for my burden too."
Letter from Issei man (December 31, 1941) (ddr-densho-140-40)
doc Letter from Issei man (December 31, 1941) (ddr-densho-140-40)
Excerpt: "This is Dec. 31st noon. I was very busy last 2 days as captain of dormitory 24."
Postcard from Issei man to wife (May 25, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-93)
doc Postcard from Issei man to wife (May 25, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-93)
Excerpt: "Its raining today but even if it rains thanks thy grace too, I feel excellent."
Letter from Issei man to wife (June 19, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-109)
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (June 19, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-109)
Excerpt: "The rumor is not correct, we are satisfactory good treatment here now under my mayoralty by based rules the text Geneva Convention of 1929."
Letter from Issei man to wife (May 21, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-89)
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (May 21, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-89)
Excerpt: "I recall to memory of Capital Hill often, special on decoration week. Did you asked someone to take care the grave as our proxy?"
Letter from Issei man to wife (May 28, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-96)
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (May 28, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-96)
Excerpt: "Many thanks for your precious letter which you wrote on our commemoration day."
Letter from Issei man to wife (March 13, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-68)
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (March 13, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-68)
Excerpt: "We are busy in Mayor's office for preparing newcomer who shall arrive sometime next week."
Letter from Issei man to wife (April 15, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-76)
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (April 15, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-76)
Excerpt: "Yes I am all right, if your problem of evacuation are well. I watch the development of the event."
Letter from Issei man to wife (March 25, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-73)
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (March 25, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-73)
Excerpt: "I like you remain in Seattle until government order and go with church friends and relatives too."
Misa Taketa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-436-11)
vh Misa Taketa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-436-11)
Reading letters to father while he was in a Department of Justice camp
Letter written by an Issei man (ddr-densho-25-70)
doc Letter written by an Issei man (ddr-densho-25-70)
Matahichi Iseri had been imprisoned in Fort Missoula, Montana, a Department of Justice internment camp for "enemy aliens," since shortly after December 7, 1941. He sometimes wrote letters in his native Japanese, which were read and censored by interpreters and officials from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Issei's hearing notice (ddr-densho-25-71)
doc Issei's hearing notice (ddr-densho-25-71)
Matahichi Iseri was arrested as an "enemy alien." Those arrested were required to appear before an alien enemy hearing board.
Letter written by an Issei man to his family (ddr-densho-25-26)
doc Letter written by an Issei man to his family (ddr-densho-25-26)
While he was at Fort Missoula, Montana, a Department of Justice internment camp for enemy aliens, Matahichi Iseri wrote to his wife and children, who were still awaiting a relocation assignment from the WRA.
Letter to Teru Koyama from Dr. Keizaburo
doc Letter to Teru Koyama from Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama (ddr-one-5-4)
Letter dated January 27, 1942, to Teru Koyama from her husband, Kei Koyama. In the letter Kei writes about receiving the packages mailed to him and advises that the money he sent is to settle business matters in Portland related to his dental office, and asks her not to lease it Dr. S. but to Dr ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough (ddr-one-5-3)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama at Missoula from an unknown sender (possibly the Andrew and Eva Goodenoughs). Postmarked January 19, 1942. Purple "CENSORED" stamp on the lower left side of the envelope. On the back of the envelope “Goodenough” is written in pencil. Letter dated Jan 18, 1942, with a return address in Portland from ...
Letter from Issei man to wife (April 20, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-77)
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (April 20, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-77)
Excerpt: "I don't know how long I stay here but let you know as soon as I find to move or home. Might be we meet near future, unquestionable."
Postcard from Issei man to wife (June 3, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-100)
doc Postcard from Issei man to wife (June 3, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-100)
Excerpt: "The news man applied for repatriation to Japan with his family."
Letter from Issei man to wife (May 14, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-86)
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (May 14, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-86)
Excerpt: "You wrote me feel not good on eighth, Friday. Then I waited letter, surprised Roy's air mail open with fear but delighted he says Ma is well."
Letter from Issei man (December 28, 1941) (ddr-densho-140-38)
doc Letter from Issei man (December 28, 1941) (ddr-densho-140-38)
Excerpt: "How are you? Don't worry about me, our God father with me at last. We arrive Missoula Mont. this morning 6 o'clock."
Letter from Issei man to wife (May 10, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-84)
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (May 10, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-84)
Excerpt: "I waiting to hear always your matter or fact, good and bad. Are you weak or discouraged?"
Letter from Issei man to wife (January 6, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-43)
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (January 6, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-43)
Excerpt: "How are you? Cold weather make me think home, you, sons, restaurant."
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