"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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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 the ...

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 ...

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
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-12-35)
vh Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-12-35)
Removal from Bellevue, Washington: arranging own transportation to the train station
Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-112-16)
vh Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-112-16)
Mass removal to Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington with seven children (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview.

Scrapbook (ddr-densho-361-1)
img Scrapbook (ddr-densho-361-1)
Written on tape on cover: "This scrapbook is original--1942 Nobuko Omoto (Sakai) Bainbridge Island, WA. Please handle with care."
Loading trucks for mass removal (ddr-densho-34-169)
img Loading trucks for mass removal (ddr-densho-34-169)
A Japanese American family is loaded with their belongings onto the back of an army truck for transport to the Eagledale ferry dock for exclusion from Bainbridge Island, Washington.
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