"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.

World War II (66)
Mass removal ("evacuation") (152)
"Evacuation Day" (229)

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American Concentration Camps VOLUME 2 January 1, 1942- February 19, 1942 (ddr-densho-372-2)
doc American Concentration Camps VOLUME 2 January 1, 1942- February 19, 1942 (ddr-densho-372-2)
Volume 2 divides into two sections. Description about this volume reads directly from the book as follows: The first section features archival documents that show chiefly how the decision to relocate the West Coast Japanese evolved from conflicting views both outside and inside the executive branch. The second section features reports of the Anti-Axis Committee, Los ...
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."
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.
Change of residence notice and travel permit (ddr-densho-287-2)
doc Change of residence notice and travel permit (ddr-densho-287-2)
Molly Kageyama Maeda's change of residence notice and travel permit form for her journey from Hood River, Oregon to Portland Assembly Center.
Letter from Rosalie Y. Obi to Rev. [Wendell L.] Miller, 1942 June 17 (ddr-csujad-20-9)
doc Letter from Rosalie Y. Obi to Rev. [Wendell L.] Miller, 1942 June 17 (ddr-csujad-20-9)
Personal letter written from the Santa Anita Assembly Center expressing thanks to Miller and his congregation for the lunch that they provided on the day of their removal from Los Angeles, departing from the Japanese Methodist Church, May 1, 1942. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WLM_01-46_07
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
Gordon Hirabayashi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1012-2-8)
vh Gordon Hirabayashi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1012-2-8)
Watching family and friends leave for camp (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

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 ...

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
Louie Watanabe Interview Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1010-1-28)
vh Louie Watanabe Interview Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1010-1-28)
Leaving for Merced Assembly Center by train

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.

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Harry Ueno Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1002-7-9)
vh Harry Ueno Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1002-7-9)
The day of mass removal: traveling to Manzanar, California, by bus

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 ...

Yaeko Yoshihara Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1001-17-4)
vh Yaeko Yoshihara Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1001-17-4)
Remembering 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 reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

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"
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