Friday, August 10, 2018
Camp McCoy, Wisconsin-- Part 2: Role in World War II
During World War II, Fort McCoy was used early on as a detention camp for 170 Japanese and 120 German and Italian-Americans arrested as potentially dangerous "enemy aliens" in 1942. After they were transferred to other camps, McCoy was used a s a training facility for soldiers from across the country preparing to enter combat.
One of these units was the segregated all-Nisei 100th Infantry Battalion.
The post was also used as a prisoner-of-war camp, holding 4,000 German and Japanese prisoners. Fort McCoy's prisoners were featured in the 2001 movie "Fort McCoy." This movie was not widely released.