An Alien Place: The Fort Missoula, Montana, Detention Camp1941-1944



In the early months of 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the impoundment of Axis ships stranded in U.S. ports, and the government assumed custody of the crews. This act by the president would open a new chapter in the history of Fort Missoula. The men from these ships would soon find themselves at this old army post, where most would remain for the next three to four years.