Puyallup (Camp Harmony)

Temporary Assembly Center

Location: Puyallup, Washington

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Kajiko Hashisaki Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-201-9)
vh Kajiko Hashisaki Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-201-9)
Having a special ceremony in camp for Seattle Japanese American high school graduates
Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 7 (June 17, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-7)
doc Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 7 (June 17, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-7)
Selected article titles: "Pact Bars Issei from War Work" (p. 1), "Landslide Majority Votes to Retain Japanese Staff..." (p. 1), "Map of Tulelake Community" (p. 3).
Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 11 (August 1, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-11)
doc Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 11 (August 1, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-11)
Selected article titles: "Model Plane Enthusiasts Await Wood" (p. 1), "Red Cross Visitors Tour Camp" (p. 1), "June-July Checks Coming. New Payroll Totals $24,000" (p. 1), "Hospital Comes Into Own Center Doctors Operate Twice" (p. 3), "Garment Menders Sought" (p. 4).
Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 6 (June 12, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-6)
doc Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 6 (June 12, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-6)
Selected article titles: "Harmony Residents Slated for Tulelake" (p. 1), "Sac'to Evacuees Leave for Tulelake Beginning June 15" (p. 1), "Applications for Relocation Being Accepted... Ito. Must Meet Certain Requirements to Qualify" (p. 2), "Early Student Relocation Seen as Plans are Formulated... W.R.A. to Take Charge of Transfers" (p. 2).
Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 12 (August 14, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-12)
doc Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 12 (August 14, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-12)
Selected article titles: "Minidoka Previewed" (p. 2), "What Makes This Center Run? J.J. McGovern, Gentleman Farmer" (p. 2), "Editorial: Our Coming Home by James Sakamoto" (p. 10).
Letter from Kikuye Matsuda to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-1)
doc Letter from Kikuye Matsuda to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-1)
Letter from Kikuye Masuda to Mrs. Charles Gates about a house Mrs. Gates is occupying.
Arrival at the Puyallup Assembly Center (ddr-densho-36-32)
img Arrival at the Puyallup Assembly Center (ddr-densho-36-32)
The Puyallup Assembly Center, which many camp inmates called "Camp Harmony," was on the site of the annual Western Washington Fair. The center was constructed in only seventeen days. Barracks were erected in converted livestock stalls near the parking lots and under the grandstand. Japanese Americans remained at the fairgrounds from April 28 to September 23 ...
Japanese American receiving lunch (ddr-densho-36-42)
img Japanese American receiving lunch (ddr-densho-36-42)
The assembly center was composed of blocks, each with its own kitchen and dining area.
Mitsu Fukui Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-140-22)
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Feelings about dealing with hardships in the assembly center: "I thought that was really cruel. Being a citizen and to be put into a place like that."
Robert Mizukami Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-114-10)
vh Robert Mizukami Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-114-10)
Forced into "Camp Harmony," Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington

This is the first in a series of interviews conducted by the Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizen League in collaboration with Densho.

Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-155-9)
vh Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-155-9)
First Sunday after mass removal: father is left with an empty church; memories of visiting Japanese American friends through the barbed wire at "Camp Harmony"
Fumiko M. Noji Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-72-29)
vh Fumiko M. Noji Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-72-29)
Traveling to the Puyallup Assembly Center, first impressions
Jim Akutsu Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-2-18)
vh Jim Akutsu Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-2-18)
Conditions at Puyallup Assembly Center

Interview was conducted over two days because of delays caused by technical difficulties.

Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-143-20)
vh Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-143-20)
First impressions of Puyallup Assembly Center; resourcefulness of the camp inmates
Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-143-21)
vh Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-143-21)
Volunteering at the first aid station at Puyallup Assembly Center
Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-143-22)
vh Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-143-22)
Life at the Puyallup Assembly Center: poor food, playing cards, and wondering about the future
Henry Miyatake Interview II Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-54-1)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview II Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-54-1)
"Evacuation day": trying to bring in more belongings and supplies
Shosuke Sasaki Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-78-14)
vh Shosuke Sasaki Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-78-14)
Memories of Puyallup Assembly Center: a "sea of mud" and a sobbing woman
Shosuke Sasaki Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-78-15)
vh Shosuke Sasaki Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-78-15)
Role of the Japanese American Citizens League in Puyallup Assembly Center
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