WWII Internees and POWs at Fort Meade | WYPR

WWII Internees and POWs at Fort Meade

Jun 29, 2018

Fort Meade's WWII prisoners of war held at work
Credit Fort George G. Meade Museum website

Soon after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, a presidential order permitted wide-scale imprisonment of people of Japanese ancestry. Not as well known: This order also allowed Germans and Italians to be held, and several hundred were, at Fort Meade Army Base. Kevin Leonard, who writes The Laurel Leader’s “History Matters” column, describes his research into this internment camp.

Check these columns on internees and POWS at Fort Meade:

Fort Meade housed wartime internees
Fort Meade converted to POW camp in World War II

Kevin Leonard will be speaking at an event hosted by the Howard County Historical Society - 8328 Court Ave, Ellicott City - on July 6th at noon. Ticket information here.