Rohwer Arkansas Internment Camp

Rohwer Arkansas

ROHWER Location: Desha County, Arkansas
Environmental Conditions: Rohwer War Relocation Center was located five miles west of the Mississippi River in a swampy area intertwined with canals, creeks, and bayous. Forests had once covered the area, but by 1940 had been replaced by agricultural fields. Rohwer was at an elevation of 140 feet.
Acreage: 10,161
Opened: September 18, 1942
Closed: November 30, 1944
Max. Population: 8,475 (March 11, 1943)
Demographics: Most people interned at Rohwer War Relocation Center came from Los Angeles and San Joaquin counties in California, via the Santa Anita and Stockton assembly centers.

    The Rohwer War Relocation Center was a World War II Japanese American internment camp located in rural southeastern Arkansas, in Desha County. It was in operation from September 18, 1942 until November 30, 1944, and held as many as 8,475 Japanese Americans forcibly evacuated from California. The Rohwer War Relocation Center Cemetery is located here, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1992.
    M.C. Brown, a tenant farmer on horseback on his way home from deer hunting came across some Japanese Americans from the Rohwer camp, on a work detail in the woods. He fired his gun, and one of the Japanese American men was struck in the hip by a pellet while another was wounded in the calf of the leg. The Japanese Americans were working in the woods under the supervision of a government engineer when the shooting occurred. [edit] Notable Rohwer internees.

Monument to the men of the 100th Battalion, 442 Regimental Combat Team
Rohwer Memorial Cemetery

Notable Internees

* Ruth Asawa (born 1926), a Japanese American sculptor.
* Takayo Fischer (born 1932), an American stage, film and TV actress. Also interned at Jerome.
* George Takei (born 1937), an actor best known as Mister Sulu from Star Trek. Since his parents refused to take a vow and did not "pass" the loyalty questionnaire, the family was later transferred to Tule Lake War Relocation Center.
* Taitetsu Unno (born 1930), a Buddhist scholar, lecturer, and author.

Eiichi "H.E." KAmiya


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