"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" (217)

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Mother with children on day of mass removal (ddr-densho-34-181)
img Mother with children on day of mass removal (ddr-densho-34-181)
Shigeko Kitamoto with her children (L to R) Jane, Frances, and Frank Kitamoto.
Mass removal from Bainbridge Island, Washington (ddr-densho-34-2)
img Mass removal from Bainbridge Island, Washington (ddr-densho-34-2)
Japanese Americans walk down the Eagledale ferry dock to catch a special ferry to Seattle.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-34-144)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-34-144)
Shigeko Kitamoto and her children, Jane, Frances and Frank, wait to board a special ferry to Seattle, Washington. Bainbridge Island, Washington was evacuated on March 30, 1942. It was one of the first communities on the West Coast to be evacuated presumably due to its proximity to the Puget Sound Navy Yards.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-36-22)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-36-22)
Fumi Hayashida holding her sleeping daughter, Natalie.
Military zone sign (ddr-densho-37-454)
img Military zone sign (ddr-densho-37-454)
Original WRA caption: Lancaster, California. Sign on main street designating military zone.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-37-585)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-37-585)
Original WRA caption: Salinas, California. Evacuees of Japanese ancesty wait for the bus which will take them to the Salinas Assembly center. They will later be transferred to War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
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."
Personal identification tag (ddr-densho-287-1)
doc Personal identification tag (ddr-densho-287-1)
Tag worn by Molly Kageyama Maeda during mass removal from Hood River, Oregon to Portland Assembly Center.
Nisei boy sitting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-265)
img Nisei boy sitting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-265)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Young high school boy of Japanese ancestry at Wartime Civil Control Administration station awaiting evacuation bus. He is a member of the first contingent of over 600 persons to be evacuated from San Francisco.
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.
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