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Idaho, Jerome County Historical Society, Minidoka Japanese Relocation Center Military Records, 1942-1945
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Minidoka, Jerome, Idaho, 
United States
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Location of Minidoka, Jerome County, Idaho
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Record Description
Record Type Military
Collection years 1942-1945
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is an index to military record index cards of those interned at the Minidoka Japanese Relocation Center, also known as Camp Hunt, located in Jerome County, Idaho from 1942-1945. Japanese internment camps were established during World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt through his Executive Order 9066. From 1942 to 1945, it was the policy of the U.S. government that people of Japanese descent would be interred in isolated camps. Enacted in reaction to Pearl Harbor and the ensuing war, the Japanese internment camps are now considered one of the most atrocious violations of American civil rights in the 20th century.

The Minidoka Japanese Relocation Center was opened August 10, 1942 and was in operation until October 28, 1945. It reached its’ maximum population of 9,397 in March 1943. Most of the internees came from the Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon areas with a few coming from Alaska.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The index cards reference the date and page of the Minidoka Irrigator, a weekly newspaper published in and for the camp, in which the records can be found.

The following information may be found in these records:

Military

  • Japanese enlistments
  • Draftees
  • Volunteers
  • Enlisted reservist reports
  • Hunt service men in armed forces
  • Promotions
  • Wounded in action
  • Killed in action
  • Missing in action
  • Prisoner of war
  • Liberated
  • Medals
  • Honor roll
  • Those called for final physical

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • The name of the ancestor
  • When the person was place in the relocation center

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Search for vital records, such as birth, marriage, and death on the states and county level
  • Prior to internment, find the family in census records
  • Search for military records for the individual
  • Locate additional county records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variants of given names and surnames
  • It was not uncommon for an individual to be listed under a nickname, middle name, an abbreviation, or even initials
  • Search the records of nearby locations

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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