JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – The military is completing a study about a little-known Japanese internment camp that was erected at an Alaska Army post during World War II.
The study was discussed at a recent ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage. The event was held to remember the more than 200 Alaskans who were sent to U.S. internment camps in the Lower 48.
Speakers at the Feb. 19 ceremony included California resident Alice Tanaka Hikido. She is the 83-year-old daughter of one of 15 Japanese nationals and two German nationals who were briefly housed at the base, known then as Fort Richardson. The camp's location was recently pinpointed in an area now partially covered by a parking lot.
Hikido was living in Juneau with her family when her father was arrested. A few months later, she was interned at an Idaho internment camp with her mother, younger sister and two brothers.