Sacramento Signal Depot During WWII
Lieutenant Colonel Joseph F. Healy, Office of Chief Signal Officers in Washington D.C, is interviewed about his direct role supervising the construction of the "purpose-built" Sacramento Signal Depot to warehouse general supplies and electric equipment maintenance and repair facilities on the West Coast during WWII. He traces the Sacramento Signal Depot history from its original location at the California State Fairgrounds at the intersection of Stockton boulevard and Broadway, Sacramento, California to its WWII home (1942-1945) at the leased Bercut-Richards packing plant on 7th & B Street. During this time, the Bercut-Richards packing plant location was also the site for a German prisoner-of-war camp. Healy reflected on the formative stages of the depot, described the town of Sacramento at the time of WWII, his interactions with Thomas H. Richards, and the political support from the members of the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce throughout the depot project. Lieutenant Colonel Healy recounted Sacramento Signal Depot’s military/civilian relationship, and the employment not only of local residents, but the use of German prisoners of war labor.
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