Puyallup (Camp Harmony)

Temporary Assembly Center

Location: Puyallup, Washington

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Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1001-7-6)
vh Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1001-7-6)
A child's memories of visiting Japanese American friends in camp
Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1002-2-12)
vh Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1002-2-12)
Involvement in a plot to murder a Nisei in camp

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead ...

Envelope sent to an assembly center (ddr-densho-13-13)
doc Envelope sent to an assembly center (ddr-densho-13-13)
This envelope contained a letter sent by Yoshiko Tsuji Minato to Yoshi Asaba at the Puyallup Assembly Center.
Dorothy H. Sato Interview Segment 8 (ddr-one-7-50-8)
vh Dorothy H. Sato Interview Segment 8 (ddr-one-7-50-8)
First impressions of the Puyallup Assembly Center

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 89, No. 2069 (November 16, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-45)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 89, No. 2069 (November 16, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-45)
Selected article titles: "Nisei Know 'First Hand' Agonies of Hostages in Iran" (p. 1), "NHK 'Story of America' Tells Drama of Issei-Nisei-Sansei" (p. 1), "A Background Report: Japan-U.S. Friendship Act: Continued from Last Week" (p. 4), and "YE Editor's Desk: Mexican Nikkei" (p. 4).
Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-76-35)
vh Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-76-35)
Trip to Puyallup Assembly Center: arranging own transportation

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-138-5)
vh Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-138-5)
Volunteering to move early to Minidoka to help prepare the camp for the other Japanese Americans

William Toshio Yasutake was interviewed together with his sister Mitsuye (Yasutake) Yamada and surviving brother, Joseph Yasutake, in group sessions on October 8-9, 2002. He was interviewed individually on November 14, 2002.

Before being contacted by Densho, the Yasutake siblings ...

Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-98-15)
vh Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-98-15)
Caring for a newborn baby in Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington
Masao Watanabe Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-103-15)
vh Masao Watanabe Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-103-15)
Attitude towards incarceration: "all this liberty and crap was all crap"

At the time this interview was taped, Mr. Watanabe was recovering from a recent series of cancer treatments.

Frank S. Fujii Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-8-12)
vh Frank S. Fujii Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-8-12)
Receiving visits from a non-Japanese American mentor

This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.

Art Abe Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-206-17)
vh Art Abe Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-206-17)
Feeling bitter upon being removed: "I couldn't believe what the government was doing to us"
Yukiko Miyake Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-49-26)
vh Yukiko Miyake Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-49-26)
Challenging the guards at Puyallup Assembly Center: "What are you going to do? Kill us?"
Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 3 (May 14, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-3)
doc Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 3 (May 14, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-3)
Selected article titles: "Wages of Evacuees Between $8-$16 Monthly" (p. 1), "Youngest Evacuee Will be Three-Week Old" (p. 1), "Joy Hikes Between Areas Scored" (p. 1), "Bachelors Will Remain in Present Quarters Till Monday" (p. 2).
Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 10 (July 16, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-10)
doc Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 10 (July 16, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-10)
Selected article titles: "Pay Checks Monday. $9,150 Will Go to 2,400... 'D' Workers First Payees" (p. 1), "M'Govern 1st Donor for Plasma Drive" (p. 1), "Japanese Print Banned in Camp, Bibles Exempt..." (p. 1), "Editorial: 'Nothing is Useless'" (p. 2), "Canteen Prices Reduced" (p. 2), "Fats and Oils to Grease War Effort" (p ...
Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 8 (June 25, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-8)
doc Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 8 (June 25, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-8)
Selected article titles: "Students' Relocation Forms OK'd" (p. 1), "Daily Roll Call Reduced to One" (p. 1), "Sumo Matches Staged" (p. 2), "364 Youths in 18-20 Group Face New Draft" (p. 3), "Inter-Area Visits OK'd" (p. 3), "Army Mum on Removal Date" (p. 3), "Carving Names Becomes Favorite Camp Diversion" (p. 4).
Letter to Frances Haglund (ddr-densho-275-15)
doc Letter to Frances Haglund (ddr-densho-275-15)
Letter to Frances Haglund from Lury Sato answering some of Frances's questions. Also notes possibly written by Frances
Letter to Frances Haglund from George L. Townsend (ddr-densho-275-42)
doc Letter to Frances Haglund from George L. Townsend (ddr-densho-275-42)
A letter from George Townsend regarding Frances Haglund's article "Behind Barbed Wire."
Barracks interior (ddr-densho-36-39)
img Barracks interior (ddr-densho-36-39)
Barracks apartments were small--approximately 8 by 10 feet or 15 by 20 feet--and offered little privacy. Japanese Americans tried hard to make the stark apartments homier. They made furniture, such as the vanity table in this redecorated barracks apartment, which was constructed by hand from scrap lumber.
Baggage arrival at assembly center (ddr-densho-36-41)
img Baggage arrival at assembly center (ddr-densho-36-41)
The Puyallup Assembly Center, also known as "Camp Harmony," was located at the Puyallup fairgrounds. The center was open from April 28, 1942, through September 23, 1942. Most camp inmates were from Seattle, Washington.
Victor Ikeda Interview Segment 31 (ddr-manz-1-23-31)
vh Victor Ikeda Interview Segment 31 (ddr-manz-1-23-31)
Passing the time in camp: volunteering for the dishwashing crew
Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-77-4)
vh Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-77-4)
Gambling in the Puyallup Assembly Center

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

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