In February of 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which forced more than 110,000 Japanese Americans and people of Japanese ancestry living on the west coast to be removed to ten internment camps in isolated areas. One such camp was called Camp Amache, located in southeastern Colorado. For three years, internees were confined behind barbed wire and watched by military police from guard towers with machine guns, “pointed in—not out.”
The story of Camp Amache is a story of survival of more than 7,000 people who lost everything and were unjustly incarcerated by the United States. In spite of the harsh circumstances and curtailment of their freedom, they remained loyal to the United States government.