"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" (224)

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Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-48)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-48)
Original WRA caption: Oakland, California. Baggage of evacuees of Japanese ancestry piled on the sidewalk. The Greyhound huses will soon arrive to take this baggage as well as the evacuees to the Tanforan Assembly center under Civilian Exclusion Order Number 28.
Two Nisei boys observing mass removal (ddr-densho-151-151)
img Two Nisei boys observing mass removal (ddr-densho-151-151)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. High school boys, on balcony of Japanese American Citizens League at 2031 Bush Street, look down sidewalk where friends boarded evacuation buses. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Young girl with baggage (ddr-densho-151-462)
img Young girl with baggage (ddr-densho-151-462)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Young evacuee of Japanese ancestry guarding the family belongings near the Wartime Civil Control Administration station. In half an hour the evacuation bus will depart for Tanforan Assembly center.
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.
Japanese American families waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-201)
img Japanese American families waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-201)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Members of farm families await evacuation bus. Farmers and other evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be given opportunities to follow their callings at War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
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.

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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

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Matsue Watanabe Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1001-9-7)
vh Matsue Watanabe Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1001-9-7)
Feeling ashamed on day of mass removal: "I didn't want to look at anybody I knew there"
Yoshimitsu Suyematsu Interview Segment 12 (ddr-one-7-66-12)
vh Yoshimitsu Suyematsu Interview Segment 12 (ddr-one-7-66-12)
The journey to assembly center by ferry and train

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Tom Akashi Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-164-15)
vh Tom Akashi Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-164-15)
Memories of mass removal: "Gee, where's my rights? What's happening to me?"
Kazie Good Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-429-5)
vh Kazie Good Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-429-5)
The day of mass removal, feeling that there were no other options
Frank Miyamoto Interview III Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-52-11)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview III Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-52-11)
Feeling herded like cattle on the day of mass removal, first impressions of the Puyallup Assembly Center
Walt Woodward Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-104-6)
vh Walt Woodward Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-104-6)
Recalling the mass removal: "The soldiers were the ones that were crying"
Kara Kondo Interview Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-139-26)
vh Kara Kondo Interview Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-139-26)
Vivid memories of the day of mass removal: helping the GIs with the move, sadness of father, the sound of the gate closing upon arrival at assembly center
Bessie Ezaki (ddr-csujad-8-11)
doc Bessie Ezaki (ddr-csujad-8-11)
Oral history interview with Aiko Bessie Ezaki. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Ezaki, Bessie
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