Puyallup (Camp Harmony)

Temporary Assembly Center

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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.
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 ...
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. 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).
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).
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.
Shig Kaseguma Interview Segment 12 (ddr-manz-1-32-12)
vh Shig Kaseguma Interview Segment 12 (ddr-manz-1-32-12)
The Puyallup Assembly Center: "it wasn't a pleasant place to be"
Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-168-12)
vh Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-168-12)
Memories of Puyallup Assembly Center: deciding to "make the most of it and make it as pleasant as we know how"
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"
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
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
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 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
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
Mitsu Fukui Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-140-22)
vh Mitsu Fukui Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-140-22)
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."
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.

Gene Akutsu Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-1-8)
vh Gene Akutsu Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-1-8)
Mass removal, and conditions in Puyallup Assembly Center: cleaning septic tanks
Masao Watanabe Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-103-16)
vh Masao Watanabe Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-103-16)
Mother's illness in camp

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

May Y. Namba Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-171-15)
vh May Y. Namba Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-171-15)
Spending twentieth birthday in camp: receiving a birthday cake from a military police officer
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