"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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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.
Family preparing to board bus (ddr-densho-151-266)
img Family preparing to board bus (ddr-densho-151-266)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. San Francisco residents of Japanese ancestry being checked by registration numbers and family groups prior to boarding buses which will take them to an Assembly center.
Father and children waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-246)
img Father and children waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-246)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Residents of Japanese ancestry waiting for evacuation buses which will take them to the Tanforan Assembly center under Civilian Exclusion Order Number 28.
Japanese American waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-102)
img Japanese American waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-102)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. An early comer arrives 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.
Fumiko Hayashida Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1001-1-2)
vh Fumiko Hayashida Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1001-1-2)
Memories of mass removal with two young children and pregnant with a third
Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1002-4-17)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1002-4-17)
The night before mass removal: having to sleep on the floor, because furniture was gone

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 ...

Sally Shimako Nishimori Kitano Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1001-5-7)
vh Sally Shimako Nishimori Kitano Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1001-5-7)
Preparing for removal and memories of "evacuation day"

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 reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Kay Sakai Nakao Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1001-3-4)
vh Kay Sakai Nakao Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1001-3-4)
Seeing the camp site for the first time: "My heart sank down to my toes"
Helen Harano Christ Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1013-6-7)
vh Helen Harano Christ Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1013-6-7)
Unable to participate in school's May Day celebration because of mass removal
Richard M. Murakami Interview Segment 5 (ddr-manz-1-161-5)
vh Richard M. Murakami Interview Segment 5 (ddr-manz-1-161-5)
Memories of "evacuation day," arriving at the Marysville Assembly Center, California
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-152-16)
vh Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-152-16)
Memories of mass removal as a child: just happy that the family was allowed to stay together
Shosuke Sasaki Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-78-13)
vh Shosuke Sasaki Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-78-13)
Mass removal from Seattle: memories of a small act of kindness
Joseph Frisino Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-117-19)
vh Joseph Frisino Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-117-19)
A soldier's desire to shoot Japanese Americans while ushering them to concentration camps

Mr. Frisino was suffering from a slight cough during the two days of this interview.

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