Rough and Ready Island Naval Supply Depot

Rough and Ready Island is at the Junction of the San Joaquin River and Stockton Channel

Rough and Ready Island Naval Supply Depot or Ruff and Ready Island is a former United States Navy installation on the San Joaquin River in Stockton, California in San Joaquin County, near the Stockton Channel and was 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Stockton. The Supply Depot was built during World War II as part of the San Joaquin Depot that operated the nearby Tracy Depot Facility and the Sharpe Depot Facility. The Rough and Ready Island Annex, which opened in 1944, operated as a supply Depot until 1959 when it became the Naval Communications Station for the Pacific Coast region. The Navy built the longest continuous concrete wharf, at 6,500 feet (2,000 m), able berth 13 ships in a line. The Depot Annex served the United States Pacific Fleet. The Depot warehoused naval stores, disposed of surplus Naval property and provided logistical support for other Naval bases. For some time the wharf was used to store as mothballed ships of the reserve fleet for the Pacific Reserve Fleet. The Naval Supply Depot was phased out of use as a result of special legislation sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein in 1995. It was transferred to the Port of Stockton between 2000 and 2003. This area of the port is now known as the "West Complex". Located at 37°57′11″N 121°19′12″W / 37.953°N 121.32°W / 37.953; -121.32.[1][2]

Rough and Ready Island Naval Supply Depot was also known as: Rough and Ready Island; Naval Supply Center, Oakland; Stockton Annex; Stockton Deep Water Slip Channel and Kwajalein Village, California.[3]

Camp StocktonEdit

Partial view of the Stockton Assembly Center.

On Rough and Ready Island was built a Prisoners of War (POW) camp called Camp Stockton. The POW camp held 1551 German POWs opened in April 1944 and closed in June 1946. Five German POW died at the camp and are buried at Benicia Army Cemetery. Camp Stockton is also sometimes used to include the Stockton detention facility at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Stockton detention facility was first used as the Stockton Assembly Center for the temporary detention of Japanese Americans. When the Japanese Americans were move to permanent camps, the facility became a POW camp. The Stockton detention facility held 889 prisoners. [4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

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  1. ^, Ruff and Ready Island
  2. ^, Ready, no longer Rough, Navy will turn over rest of island to port, By Reed Fujii, Aug. 15, 2010
  3. ^, Rough and Ready Island
  4. ^ [ Stockton (California) USA POW Camp Type One]
  5. ^ [ Former POW revisits Stockton camp, By Michael Fitzgerald, July 19, 2002
  6. ^ Semiannual Report of the War Relocation Authority, for the period January 1 to June 30, 1946, not dated. Papers of Dillon S. Myer. Scanned image at Retrieved September 18, 2006.
  7. ^ "The War Relocation Authority and The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II: 1948 Chronology," Web page at Retrieved September 11, 2006.
  8. ^ "Manzanar National Historic Site". National Park Service.
  9. ^ Nash, Gary B., Julie Roy Jeffrey, John R. Howe, Peter J. Frederick, Allen F. Davis, Allan M. Winkler, Charlene Mires, and Carla Gardina Pestana. The American People, Concise Edition Creating a Nation and a Society, Combined Volume (6th Edition). New York: Longman, 2007
  10. ^ Stockton Ordnance Depot
  11. ^, Stockton Assembly Center(San Joaquin County Fairgrounds Prisoner of War Branch Camp)