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What’s Left Of This Camp Reminds Us Of A Dark Time In Utah’s History

World War II brought loss, devastation and grief to the entire world, and Utah was no exception. According to the World War II Honor List Of Dead And Missing, issued by the War Department in 1946, during the war, 1,450 Utahns died in combat or from combat injuries, or were reported Missing In Action.

However, Utahns weren’t the only people in the Beehive State who experienced great loss. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, some Americans experienced a government-ordered loss of freedom, and were forcibly transported from their homes on the West Coast to Utah, where they lived in a camp behind barbed-wire fences.

Interested in some more Utah history? Check out these photos of Utah during the Great Depression.

Catherine Rees
Catherine is a lifelong resident of Utah. She's a writer, researcher and observer of the human condition.