Puyallup (Camp Harmony)

Temporary Assembly Center

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Letter from Ishi Morishita to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-5)
doc Letter from Ishi Morishita to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-5)
Letter explaining the sudden relocation of the Masuda family to Poston, Arizona. Four stamps that match the ones on letters from the Morishitas.
Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 1 (May 5, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-1)
doc Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 1 (May 5, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-1)
Selected article titles: "Med. Exams Completed" (p. 1), "Laundry Facilities Ready" (p. 1), "Letters to Outside Friends" (p. 1), "Bring in Those Tools..." (p. 2).
In front of the Puyallup Assembly Center memorial (ddr-densho-10-229)
img In front of the Puyallup Assembly Center memorial (ddr-densho-10-229)
Caption on reverse: "L-R: Henry Miyatake, pioneer, Seattle redress activist, Cherry Kinoshita, JACL Redress Video Project Chair, John Esaki, producer/director, Visual Communications, in front of George Tsutakawa Puyallup monument at Puyallup faigrounds."
Puyallup Assembly Center (ddr-densho-36-43)
img Puyallup Assembly Center (ddr-densho-36-43)
The Puyallup Assembly Center, also known as "Camp Harmony," was on the racetrack of the Puyallup fairgrounds. The center was open from April 28, 1942, through September 23, 1942. Most camp inmates came from Seattle, Washington. This is a view of the barracks that housed them.
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-6)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-6)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughter discussing daily life, mass removal to Puyallup "Camp Harmony" Assembly Center asking about life at Fort Missoula, and requesting more letters from him.
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-8)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-8)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughter discussing plans for their removal and how they had to quit school after being banned from going into the city limits.
Don Maeda Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1014-15-6)
vh Don Maeda Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1014-15-6)
The day of mass removal

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.

Etsuko Ichikawa Osaki Interview Segment 6 (ddr-one-7-56-6)
vh Etsuko Ichikawa Osaki Interview Segment 6 (ddr-one-7-56-6)
Memories of leaving for camp

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.

Victor Ikeda Interview Segment 30 (ddr-manz-1-23-30)
vh Victor Ikeda Interview Segment 30 (ddr-manz-1-23-30)
First impressions of Puyallup: living under the roller coaster
Frank Yamasaki Interview I Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-107-15)
vh Frank Yamasaki Interview I Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-107-15)
Former teacher visits camp: loss of "happy-go-lucky" adolescence in Puyallup
Mary Hirata Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-22-15)
vh Mary Hirata Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-22-15)
Activities of the younger children in the Puyallup Assembly Center
Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-98-17)
vh Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-98-17)
Fellow camp inmate describes losing child during the curfew, too afraid to go to a hospital
Robert T. Ohashi Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-350-15)
vh Robert T. Ohashi Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-350-15)
Arriving early at assembly center

Nisei male. Born July 24, 1925, in Ketchikan, Alaska. Grew up in Ketchikan, where parents ran a store. During World War II, was removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka incarceration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, went with family to work for a time in Idaho before eventually ...

May Y. Namba Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-171-16)
vh May Y. Namba Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-171-16)
Memories of Puyallup Assembly Center: meeting people from Alaska
Cherry Kinoshita Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-34-8)
vh Cherry Kinoshita Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-34-8)
Early memories of Puyallup Assembly Center: poor meals, primitive latrines, and guard towers
Frank S. Fujii Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-8-11)
vh Frank S. Fujii Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-8-11)
Impressions of Puyallup Assembly Center: physical discomforts, meeting new people

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

Yone Bartholomew Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-4)
vh Yone Bartholomew Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-4)
Nisei female. Born 1906 in Bedderavia, California. Was given for adoption by her parents to a couple who could not have children of their own. Grew up on family farm, was one of the oldest Nisei in the Santa Barbara area of California. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Widow of ...
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