"Evacuation Day"

On the appointed "evacuation day," thousands of Japanese Americans gathered at designated locations, with the numbered identification tags they had been issued tied to their coats. Watched by curious onlookers, they were met by armed soldiers and transported in buses, private cars, and trains to sixteen temporary "assembly centers" in California, Washington, Oregon, and Arizona.

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"Evacuation Day" (209)

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Harry Ueno Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1002-7-9)
vh Harry Ueno Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1002-7-9)
The day of mass removal: traveling to Manzanar, California, by bus
Louie Watanabe Interview Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1010-1-28)
vh Louie Watanabe Interview Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1010-1-28)
Leaving for Merced Assembly Center by train

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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
Mother and baby waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-204)
img Mother and baby waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-204)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Mother and baby await evacuation bus. Posted on wall are schedules listing names of families, buses to which they are assigned, and times of departure. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-18)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-18)
Original WRA caption: Byron, California. Main Street of small town in the farming district, on morning of evacuation. Six bus loads of residents of Japanese ancestry were checked in and taken to the Assembly center at the Turlock Fairgrounds, 65 miles away.
Issei minister with white colleagues (ddr-densho-151-163)
img Issei minister with white colleagues (ddr-densho-151-163)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Members of clergy and Salvation Army bid farewell to evacuee minister, Reverend Sui Hiro, of the San Lorenzo Holiness Church, as he and his small son prepare to board evacuation bus. On his right is the Reverend John Charles Derfelt, Baptist minister, and on his left is the Reverend W. V. Immel ...
Baggage of Japanese Americans lining the street (ddr-densho-151-164)
img Baggage of Japanese Americans lining the street (ddr-densho-151-164)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Baggage of evacuees of Japanese ancestry stacked at public park as evacuation bus prepares to leave for Tanforan assembly center. Evacuees will be transferred later from assembly centers to War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
Nisei girl with baggage (ddr-densho-151-326)
img Nisei girl with baggage (ddr-densho-151-326)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Kimiko Kitagaki, young evacuee guarding the family baggage prior to departure by bus in one half hour to Tanforan Assembly center. Her father was, until evacuation, in the cleaning and dyeing business.
Japanese Americans saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-42)
img Japanese Americans saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-42)
Original WRA caption: Woodland, California. Filled with evacuees of Japanese ancestry, the special train is ready to depart from this rich agricultural section for the Merced Assembly Center, 125 miles away.
Japanese Americans waiting for buses (ddr-densho-151-181)
img Japanese Americans waiting for buses (ddr-densho-151-181)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Early comers arrive at evacuation meeting place in this Alameda County farming community. Farmers and other evacuees will be given opportunities to follow their callings at War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
Two friends saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-191)
img Two friends saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-191)
Original caption: Centerville, California. A friend comes to bid a farmer of Japanese ancestry goodbye while awaiting an evacuation bus. Farmers and other evacuees will be given opportunities to follow their callings at War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-202)
img Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-202)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Members of farm families await evacuation bus. Farmers and other evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be given opportunities to follow their callings at War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
Young Japanese American during mass removal (ddr-densho-151-40)
img Young Japanese American during mass removal (ddr-densho-151-40)
Original WRA caption: Hayward, California. A young evacuee looks out the window of the evacuation bus before it starts for Tanforan Assembly Center. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Baggage of Japanese Americans next to bus (ddr-densho-151-166)
img Baggage of Japanese Americans next to bus (ddr-densho-151-166)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Baggage of evacuees of Japanese ancestry ready to be loaded on moving van. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-120)
img Japanese Americans waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-120)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Evacuees of Japanese descent among a contingent of 664, first to be removed from San Francisco, awaiting buses at 2020 Van Ness Avenue to transport them to Santa Anita Park assembly center at Arcadia, California. Evacuees are transported later to War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Nisei girls waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-184)
img Nisei girls waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-184)
Original caption: Centerville, California. School girls await evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Saying goodbye to dog during mass removal (ddr-densho-34-53)
img Saying goodbye to dog during mass removal (ddr-densho-34-53)
Mr. and Mrs. Moji (inside truck) with their dog King. The Mojis had to leave King behind during mass removal since pets were not allowed in the concentration camps.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-34-193)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-34-193)
Army trucks were used to transport the Japanese American community on Bainbridge Island to the Eagledale ferry dock where they were taken to the mainland for exclusion.
Rae Takekawa Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-89-19)
vh Rae Takekawa Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-89-19)
Removal from Bellevue, Washington: remembering who came to see them off at the train station
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