"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.

World War II (66)
Mass removal ("evacuation") (156)
"Evacuation Day" (230)

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Baggage of Japanese Americans next to bus (ddr-densho-151-165)
img Baggage of Japanese Americans next to bus (ddr-densho-151-165)
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 to War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
Two children waiting in line for bus (ddr-densho-151-150)
img Two children waiting in line for bus (ddr-densho-151-150)
Original caption: Byron, California. Third generation of American children of Japanese ancestry in crowd awaiting the arrival of the next bus which will take them from their homes to the Assembly center.
Japanese American family waiting for the bus (ddr-densho-151-106)
img Japanese American family waiting for the bus (ddr-densho-151-106)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. The family unit in kept intact in various phases of evacuation of persons of Japanese ancestry. ...A view at Wartime Civil Control Administration station, 2020 Van Ness Avenue, on April 6, 1942, when first group of 664 was evacuated from San Francisco. The family unit likewise is preserved in War Relocation ...
Children wearing
img Children wearing "evacuation tags" (ddr-densho-151-450)
Original 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 were present from a local church. The family unit is kept intact during evacuation and at War Relocation Authority centers ...
Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-327)
img Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-327)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Mr. and Mrs. Kitagaki with two of their children at the Wartime Civil Control Administration station a few minutes before departure by bus for Tanforan Assembly center. A local church member is handing Kimiko a pamphlet expressing the good wishes of the church toward the departing evacuees. Mr. Kitagaki, prior to evacuation, ...
Issei man preparing to board bus (ddr-densho-151-267)
img Issei man preparing to board bus (ddr-densho-151-267)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. This evacuee of Japanese ancestry has been checked by officials and is about to board the evacuation bus for an Assembly center.
Two fatherless families awaiting mass removal (ddr-densho-151-112)
img Two fatherless families awaiting mass removal (ddr-densho-151-112)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Families of two Shinto priests who were interned on December 8, 1942, immediately upon declaration of war. The mother at right has nine American born children and has been in the United States ten years. The mother on the left has been in this country two years, and neither speak English. ...
Japanese American family waiting for the bus (ddr-densho-151-107)
img Japanese American family waiting for the bus (ddr-densho-151-107)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. The family unit is kept intact in various phases of evacuation of persons of Japanese ancestry. ...A view at Wartime Civil Contril Administration station, 2020 Van Ness Avenue, on April 6, 1942, when first group of 664 was evacuated from San Francisco. The family unit likewise is preserved at War Relocation ...
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.
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.
Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-449)
img Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-449)
Original caption: Byron, California. As families of Japanese ancestry evacuated from farms in Contra Costa County, they gathered at Wartime Civil Control Administration station and awaited buses for assembly center at Turlock Fairgrounds, 65 miles away. Evacuees will be transferred later from assembly centers to War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration. Boy ...
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.
Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-457)
img Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-457)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Evacuees at the Wartime Civil Control Administration Control station awaiting evacuation bus for Tanforan Assembly center under Cicilian Exclusion Order Number 28. Woman standing in background is a local Caucasian church worker assisting in the evacuation.
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.
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 family with baggage (ddr-densho-151-289)
img Japanese American family with baggage (ddr-densho-151-289)
Original caption: Woodland, California. Families of Japanese ancestry with their baggage at railroad station awaiting arrival of special train which will take them from their home town to the Merced Assembly center, 125 miles away.
Child wearing
img Child wearing "evacuation tag" (ddr-densho-151-185)
Original caption: Centerville, California. This youngster is awaiting evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
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.
Nisei man leaving Japanese American Citizens League office (ddr-densho-151-183)
img Nisei man leaving Japanese American Citizens League office (ddr-densho-151-183)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Harry Konda leaves the quarters of the Japanese American Citizens League of this township for the last time. He is about to board the first bus for the Tanforan Assembly center to which all people of Japanese ancestry of this community are being evacuated on this day. He is wearing his identification ...
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.
Family during mass removal (ddr-densho-151-39)
img Family during mass removal (ddr-densho-151-39)
Original WRA caption: Hayward, California. Members of the Mochida family awaiting evacuation bus. Identification tags are used to aid in keeping the family unit intact during all phases of evacuation. Mochida operated a nursery and five greenhouses on a two-acre site in Eden Township. He raised snapdragons and sweet peas. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be ...
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.
Grandfather waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-197)
img Grandfather waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-197)
Original caption: Centerville, California. A grandfather awaits evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for 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.
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