"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.

"Evacuation Day" (227)

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Baggage on sidewalk (ddr-densho-151-268)
img Baggage on sidewalk (ddr-densho-151-268)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Bed roll and baggage of evacuees of Japanese ancestry awaiting shipment from the Wartime Civil Control Administration station to an assembly center.
Japanese Americans boarding bus (ddr-densho-151-244)
img Japanese Americans boarding bus (ddr-densho-151-244)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Boarding a bus at the Wartime Civil Control Administration station for Tanforan Assembly center. These evacuees of Japanese ancestry will later be transferred to a War Relocation Authority center to spend the duration.
Japanese American family with baggage (ddr-densho-151-245)
img Japanese American family with baggage (ddr-densho-151-245)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Part of family unit of Japanese ancestry leave Wartime Civil Control Administration station on afternoon of evacuation, under Civilian Exclusion Order Number 28. Social worker directs these evacuees to the waiting bus.
Japanese Americans waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-101)
img Japanese Americans waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-101)
Original caption: San Francisco. Early comers arrive with personal effects at 2020 Van Ness Avenue as part of the contingent of 664 residents of Japanese ancestry, first to be evacuated from San Francisco on April 6, 1942. Evacuees will housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Family leaving home on day of mass removal (ddr-densho-151-182)
img Family leaving home on day of mass removal (ddr-densho-151-182)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Members of farming families are pictured as they left for Centerville, one mile away, to board evacuation bus. These women worked at so-called "stoop labor", chiefly cultivating tomatoes. Farmers and other evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be given opportunities to follow their callings at War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend ...
Japanese American man preparing to board the bus (ddr-densho-151-167)
img Japanese American man preparing to board the bus (ddr-densho-151-167)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry about ready to board the bus to an Assembly center. An official of Wartime Civil Control Administration Control Station is checking registration numbers. Social worker in the background is assisiting in the evacuation.
Closing barn on day of mass removal (ddr-densho-151-194)
img Closing barn on day of mass removal (ddr-densho-151-194)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Nailing the hayloft door on the morning of evacuation. 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.
Japanese American family arriving at bus station (ddr-densho-151-168)
img Japanese American family arriving at bus station (ddr-densho-151-168)
Original caption: Hayward, California. This family of Japanese ancestry have just arrived in town from their farm. They will await the evacuation bus which will take them to the Tanforan Assembly center where they will be transferred later to War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-247)
img Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-247)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Residents of Japanese ancestry congregated at Wartime Civil Control Administration station under Civilian Exclusion Order Number 28, awaiting evacuation buses which will take them to Tanforan Assembly center for later transfer to War Relocation Authority cnters where they will spend the duration.
Japanese American waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-103)
img Japanese American waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-103)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. An early comer arrives with personal effects at 2020 Van Ness Avenue as part of the 664 residents of Japanese ancestry to be evacuated from San Francisco on April 6, 1942. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Mother with two young children waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-200)
img Mother with two young children waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-200)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Members of farm family await evacuation bus. In March they came from Santa Barbara County to Alameda County, so that all members of the family could be evacuated together. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Wartime Civil Control Administration office (ddr-densho-151-286)
img Wartime Civil Control Administration office (ddr-densho-151-286)
Original caption: Woodland, California. Entrance to American Legion Hall, now used by Wartime Civil Control Administration. Here persons of Japanese ancestry come to receive necessary assistance in the final arrangement of their affairs. There were aproximately 450 persons evacuated from this area by train on the morning of this day. On the following morning the remaining ...
Frank Miyamoto Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1002-1-5)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1002-1-5)
Memories of mass removal

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 primarily focusing on issues surrounding ...

Hikoji Takeuchi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-manz-1-10-8)
vh Hikoji Takeuchi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-manz-1-10-8)
Vivid memories of "evacuation day"; help from a Christian couple
Fumiko Hayashida Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-15-16)
vh Fumiko Hayashida Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-15-16)
Mass removal: traveling with two children while expecting another
Earl Hanson Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-160-14)
vh Earl Hanson Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-160-14)
Memories of seeing friends off at the Eagledale ferry dock on 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 ...

Rick Sato Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-80-8)
vh Rick Sato Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-80-8)
Mass removal: "You don't know where you're going..."
June Takahashi Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-88-17)
vh June Takahashi Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-88-17)
Leaving Petersburg, Alaska: realizing no one was going to question the orders
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