2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 14, 2021 10:59 AM by Rachael Salyer

    Utah Prison War Camp

    Peggy Bodenburg Newbie

      Relative found in the 1920 Census as a prisoner at a  Fort Douglas Military Recreation. It states:  War Prison Fort Douglas, Utah, Salt Lake County.

      His parents were born in Germany but he was born in Illinois in 1896. He is registered for Draft in both WWI and WWII.

      What exactly was this Fort Douglas War Prison in Utah for?

        • Re: Utah Prison War Camp
          Bryan Cheeseboro Newbie

          Dear Ms. Bodenburg,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          The National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) has custody of the Records of the

          Adjutant General's Office, 1917- (Record Group 407) and the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical,

          and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338). Military unit files among

          these records consist mostly of historical reports, after action reports, unit journals, and general orders.

          Because the files are arranged hierarchically, identification of the specific unit (i.e., division, regiment, and

          battalion) and date of interest are necessary before a search can be conducted. They do not include

          personnel or medical information such as you request. We do not have a name index to these records.

           

          We also recommend contacting The National POW Museum, Andersonville National Historic Site, 496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, GA, 31711. Their website is https://www.nps.gov/ande/index.htm.

           

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          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

          • Re: Utah Prison War Camp
            Rachael Salyer Scout

            Dear Ms. Bodenburg,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 5 series related to Fort Douglas in the 1910s-1920s in the Records of U.S. Army Continental Commands, 1871-1945 (Record Group 394) that may be of interest to you. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov for access to and information about these records.

             

            We also located 1 additional series related to Fort Douglas in the 1910s-1920s in the Records of U.S. Army Continental Commands, 1817-1947 (Record Group 393) that might also be relevant to your research. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at archives1reference@nara.gov for assistance with these and similar records.

             

            Finally, you can also find a brief organizational history of Fort Douglas, Utah, as well as links to descriptions of related records, in the Catalog.

             

            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2 and RDT1. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

             

            We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!