"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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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.
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.
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
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"

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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
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"
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 are ...

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.

Issei woman and children waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-169)
img Issei woman and children waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-169)
Original caption: Hayward, California. A mother with her American-born-and-educated children awaiting evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
White townspeople saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-292)
img White townspeople saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-292)
Original caption: Woodland, California. The departure of persons of Japanese ancestry by special train for Merced Assembly center brought many of their Caucasian friends to the station on this morning when they were being evacuated. Woodland is situated in the rich agricultural Sacramento Valley about ten miles northwest of Sacramento, California.
Issei farmer with baggage (ddr-densho-151-453)
img Issei farmer with baggage (ddr-densho-151-453)
Original caption: Centerville, California. This farmer rearranges his personal effects as he awaits evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for duration.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-41)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-41)
Original WRA caption: Oakland, California. View from window of the Wartime Civil Control Administration station. Moving vans are taking baggage belonging to evacuees of Japanese ancestry to the Assembly Center.
Japanese American family waiting for train (ddr-densho-151-288)
img Japanese American family waiting for train (ddr-densho-151-288)
Original caption: Woodland, California. Families of Japanese ancestry with their baggage at railroad station awaiting the arrival of special train which will take them to the Merced Assembly center, 125 miles away.
Nisei man leaving Japanese American Citizens League office (ddr-densho-151-183)
img Nisei man leaving Japanese American Citizens League office (ddr-densho-151-183)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Harry Konda leaves the quarters of the Japanese American Citizens League of this township for the last time. He is about to board the first bus for the Tanforan Assembly center to which all people of Japanese ancestry of this community are being evacuated on this day. He is wearing his identification ...
Family waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-198)
img Family waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-198)
Original caption: Centerville, California. A farming family awaits evacuation bus. Farmers an other evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be given opportunities to follow their callings at War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
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