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Near Delta in Millard County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Topaz Internment Camp

 
 
Topaz Internment Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 20, 2007
1. Topaz Internment Camp Marker
Inscription. Over 120,000 Japanese-American, two thirds of whom are U.S. citizens, are uprooted from their west coast homes and incarcerated by their own government. It is 1942, wartime hysteria is at a peak. They are imprisoned in ten inland concentration camps where they remain behind barbed wire, under suspicion and armed guards for up to 3½ years. Topaz is one of the ten camps.

Without hearings or trials, this act of injustice is based solely on the color of their skin and the country of their origin. America’s fear and distrust of these citizens—precipitated by Japan’s attack upon Pearl Harbor—is placated.

Lost within this rush to judgement is the denial of constitutional rights, major losses of personal property and the labelling of its own citizens as enemy. Ironically, though this mass incarceration is spearheaded by thoughts of disloyalty, not a single act of espionage against the U.S. is ever discovered.

Indeed, the 442nd RTC and 100th Battalion, composed entirely of Japanese-American boys (many of whom volunteer from internment camps), suffer major war casualties and go on to become the U.S. Army’s most highly-decorated combat unit in its history.

Topaz is closed in October of 1945.The memory of Topaz remains a tribute to a people whose faith and loyalty was steadfast—while
Topaz Internment Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 20, 2007
2. Topaz Internment Camp Marker
America’s had faltered.
 
Erected 1976.
 
Location. 39° 25.082′ N, 112° 46.763′ W. Marker is near Delta, Utah, in Millard County. Marker is on West 4500 N Street 0.7 miles west of N 10000 W street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hinckley UT 84635, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. “All Gave Some - Some Gave All” (here, next to this marker); Millard Academy (approx. 8.6 miles away); Hinckley Schools (approx. 8.7 miles away); Deseret Relief Society Hall (approx. 11.2 miles away); McCullough Log House and Post Office (approx. 11.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Delta.
 
Also see . . .  Topaz Museum. (Submitted on June 24, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyNotable EventsWar, World II
 
Historic photos on marker. image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 20, 2007
3. Historic photos on marker.
Japanese-American veterans and their parents. image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 20, 2007
4. Japanese-American veterans and their parents.
Concrete foundation at Topaz camp. image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 20, 2007
5. Concrete foundation at Topaz camp.
Sign asking vistors to be respectful of site. image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 20, 2007
6. Sign asking vistors to be respectful of site.
Reconstructed barrack from Topaz camp at the Great Basin museum in Delta, UT. image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 20, 2007
7. Reconstructed barrack from Topaz camp at the Great Basin museum in Delta, UT.
View of marker site image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 20, 2007
8. View of marker site
Map of Camp image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 20, 2007
9. Map of Camp
Remnants of building at Topaz. image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 20, 2007
10. Remnants of building at Topaz.
School children and their teachers at Topaz camp. image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 20, 2007
11. School children and their teachers at Topaz camp.
Barracks where internees were housed. image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 20, 2007
12. Barracks where internees were housed.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,119 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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