"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-36-24)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-36-24)
Mr. and Mrs. Moji (inside truck) and their dog, King. Japanese Americans were not allowed to take family pets with them to camp and, if they were lucky, left the animals with friends or neighbors. King was very devoted to the Mojis, as this photo indicates. Apparently, the husky bared his fangs at soldiers who tried ...
Japanese American baggage (ddr-densho-37-586)
img Japanese American baggage (ddr-densho-37-586)
Original WRA caption: Salinas, California. Baggage belonging to evacuees of Japanese ancestry has been brought to the park in the center of town ready to be trucked to the Salinas Assembly center where evacuees from this district will await transfer to a War Relocation Authority center to spend the duration.
Assembly of baggage (ddr-densho-37-581)
img Assembly of baggage (ddr-densho-37-581)
Original WRA caption: Salinas, California. Baggage is being assembled to be taken by truck to the Salinas Assembly center where evacuees from this area will await transfer to a War Relocation Authority center.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-118-2)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-118-2)
This photograph of the Yasutake family originally ran in the Seattle Times in 1942.
Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-141)
img Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-141)
Original caption: Byron, California. Families of Japanese ancestry, evacuated from Contra Costa County, await bus which will transport them to assembly center at Turlock fairgrounds, 65 miles away. Evacuees will be transferred to War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-63)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-63)
Original WRA caption: Farm families of Japanese ancestry boarding buses for Turlock Assembly Center 65 miles away. An official of the WCAA is checking the families into the bus by number.
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 Americans waiting for train (ddr-densho-151-290)
img Japanese Americans waiting for train (ddr-densho-151-290)
Original caption: Woodland, Yolo County, California. Farm family of Japanese ancestry see the train approaching down the track, which will take them to the Merced Assembly center. They hasten together to their respective places as instructed.
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-151-289)
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Two friends awaiting mass removal (ddr-densho-151-114)
img Two friends awaiting mass removal (ddr-densho-151-114)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Two friends play final game while awaiting evacuation. Evacuees of Japanese descent are being housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Issei man boarding bus (ddr-densho-151-186)
img Issei man boarding bus (ddr-densho-151-186)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Irrigator, who, with 595 persons of Japanese ancestry, is leaving this rural district this morning for an assembly center under Civilian Exclusion Order Number 34.
Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-451)
img Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-451)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Writing a letter to a brother in Texas as an evacuee family awaits evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Issei couple waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-190)
img Issei couple waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-190)
Original caption: Centerville, California. This farming couple awaits evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Nisei girls waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-236)
img Nisei girls waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-236)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Girls of Japanese ancestry have just sighted a Greyhound bus which will take them to an Assembly center.
Nisei man with baggage (ddr-densho-151-170)
img Nisei man with baggage (ddr-densho-151-170)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Eddie Nomura, president of the senior class in the Hayward High School, reads magazine article "The Date of Hitler's Fall", as he awaits evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will behoused in War Relocation Authroity centers for the duration.
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