"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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Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-49)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-49)
Original WRA caption: Woodland, Yolo County, California. Ten cars of evacuees of Japanese ancestry are now aboard and the doors are closed. Their Caucasian friends and the staff of the Wartime Civil Control Administration stations are watching the departure from the platform. Evacuees are leaving their homes and ranches, in a rich agricultural district, bound for ...
Japanese Americans waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-104)
img Japanese Americans waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-104)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. 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 be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Moving vans being packed with baggage (ddr-densho-151-203)
img Moving vans being packed with baggage (ddr-densho-151-203)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Awaiting evacuation bus, while personal effects are packed aboard moving vans. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese American Citizens League office (ddr-densho-151-196)
img Japanese American Citizens League office (ddr-densho-151-196)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry waiting in front of the Japanese American Citizens League quarters for evacuation buses which will take them to the Tanforan Assembly center. The man in the gray hat is reading a religious book written in Japanese.
Japanese American man showing
img Japanese American man showing "evacuation tag" (ddr-densho-151-172)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Farmer of Japanese ancestry is showing his identification card to a Wartime Civil Control Administration Control Dispatcher as he is about to board the special bus for Tanforan Assembly center.
Issei woman and children awaiting mass removal (ddr-densho-151-113)
img Issei woman and children awaiting mass removal (ddr-densho-151-113)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Japanese mother, wife of interned Shinto priest with youngest of her nine children who are American born. She has been in in the United States ten years and does not speak English. Within a few days residents of Japanese ancestry will be evacuated to assembly centers and later transferred to War ...
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.
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.
Kenji Maruko Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1010-8-16)
vh Kenji Maruko Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1010-8-16)
Memories of "evacuation day"; bringing a bicycle to camp

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Masako Yoshida Interview Segment 12 (ddr-manz-1-153-12)
vh Masako Yoshida Interview Segment 12 (ddr-manz-1-153-12)
The day of mass removal: "we were not to show too much emotion"
Kay Matsuoka Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-48-19)
vh Kay Matsuoka Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-48-19)
Memories of "evacuation day": "...Just like these movies when they go to jail, it was just like that"
Martha Nishitani Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-71-14)
vh Martha Nishitani Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-71-14)
Removal from Seattle; "Hundreds of little black heads ... they all looked alike"
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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