"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" (230)

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Newspaper clipping of photo of mass removal from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-72-16)
doc Newspaper clipping of photo of mass removal from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-72-16)
Newspaper photo of Ikeda family preparing for mass removal. Newspaper unknown.
Two pages of newspaper clippings from scrapbook (ddr-densho-72-15)
doc Two pages of newspaper clippings from scrapbook (ddr-densho-72-15)
Newspaper articles, one of which is titled "Portland to Be First Jap-Free City." Newspaper unknown.
Mass removal instructions document from page of scrapbook (ddr-densho-72-40)
doc Mass removal instructions document from page of scrapbook (ddr-densho-72-40)
Mass removal instructions by the Portland Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League. From page of "Scrapbook: 1943-45."
Mass removal (ddr-densho-118-2)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-118-2)
This photograph of the Yasutake family originally ran in the Seattle Times in 1942.
Children wearing
img Children wearing "evacuation tags" (ddr-densho-151-54)
Original WRA caption: Hayward, California. Two children of the Mochida family who, with their parents, are awaiting evacuation bus. The youngster on the right holds a sandwich given her by one of a group of women who where present from a local Church. The family unit is kept intact during evacuation and at War Relocation Authority ...
Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-141)
img Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-141)
Original caption: Byron, California. Families of Japanese ancestry, evacuated from Contra Costa County, await bus which will transport them to assembly center at Turlock fairgrounds, 65 miles away. Evacuees will be transferred to War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
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 boys reading while waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-187)
img Nisei boys reading while waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-187)
Original caption: Centerville, California. These school boys read the "funnies" while awaiting evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-63)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-63)
Original WRA caption: Farm families of Japanese ancestry boarding buses for Turlock Assembly Center 65 miles away. An official of the WCAA is checking the families into the bus by number.
Boy looking for name on
img Boy looking for name on "evacuation schedule" (ddr-densho-151-192)
Original caption: Centerville, California. These posters on the outside wall of the Japanese American Citizens League quarters list families of Japanese ancestry names and buses to which they have been assigned for evacuation to the Assembly center. This boy is finding his family place.
Japanese Americans waiting for the bus (ddr-densho-151-105)
img Japanese Americans waiting for the bus (ddr-densho-151-105)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. With baggage stacked, residents of Japanese ancestry await bus at Wartime Civil Control Administration station, 2020 Van Ness Avenue, as part of the first group of 664 to be evacuated from San Francisco on April 6, 1942. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans waiting for train (ddr-densho-151-290)
img Japanese Americans waiting for train (ddr-densho-151-290)
Original caption: Woodland, Yolo County, California. Farm family of Japanese ancestry see the train approaching down the track, which will take them to the Merced Assembly center. They hasten together to their respective places as instructed.
Japanese Americans waving goodbye (ddr-densho-151-259)
img Japanese Americans waving goodbye (ddr-densho-151-259)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Inhabitants of the Japanese section wave farewell at the departure of their friends and neighbors whom they are soon to follow to Tanforan Assembly center. This bus contains some of the 660 persons to be evacuated on this day. In three more days these streets will be deserted of persons of ...
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