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Boarding train to Merced Assembly Center (ddr-densho-151-291)
img Boarding train to Merced Assembly Center (ddr-densho-151-291)
Original caption: Woodland, California. Families of Japanese ancestry leave the station platform to board the train for the Assembly Center about 125 miles away. About 750 people of Japanese ancestry have been evacuated from this area under Civilian Exclusion Order Number 78.
Young Japanese Americans boarding train (ddr-densho-151-294)
img Young Japanese Americans boarding train (ddr-densho-151-294)
Original caption: Woodland, Yolo County, California. Persons of Japanese ancestry, bound for Merced Assembly center, 126 miles away, bid farewell to friends.
Japanese Americans saying goodbye from train (ddr-densho-151-296)
img Japanese Americans saying goodbye from train (ddr-densho-151-296)
Original caption: Woodland, California. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry from this rich agricultural district are on their way to Merced Assembly center. This special train consists of ten cars.

Narrator Irene Najima

Nisei female. Born August 9, 1927, in Petaluma, California. During World War II, removed to the Merced Assembly Center, California, and the Granada concentration camp, Colorado. Following World War II, established career as a teacher in Hawaii and California.
Irene Najima Interview (ddr-densho-1000-226)
vh Irene Najima Interview (ddr-densho-1000-226)
Nisei female. Born August 9, 1927, in Petaluma, California. During World War II, removed to the Merced Assembly Center, California, and the Granada concentration camp, Colorado. Following World War II, established career as a teacher in Hawaii and California.
Japanese Americans saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-42)
img Japanese Americans saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-42)
Original WRA caption: Woodland, California. Filled with evacuees of Japanese ancestry, the special train is ready to depart from this rich agricultural section for the Merced Assembly Center, 125 miles away.
Japanese Americans boarding train (ddr-densho-151-295)
img Japanese Americans boarding train (ddr-densho-151-295)
Original caption: Woodland, Yolo County, California. The train is about to depart which will take these evacuees of Japanese ancestry, from this rich agricultural district, to the Merced Assembly center about 125 miles away. Many leave close friends behind.
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.
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 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.

Narrator Marion Michiko Bernardo

Nisei female. Born July 25, 1930, in Walnut Grove, California. Grew up in Walnut Grove. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed with family to the Merced Assembly Center, California, and the Granada (Amache) concentration camp, Colorado. Left camp to attend a boarding school in New York before eventually returning to Walnut Grove. Marion passed away ...

Narrator David Matsuoka

Nisei male. Born December 21, 1929, in Walnut Grove, California. Grew up in Walnut Grove where father owned and operator a shoe sales and repair business. During World War II, removed with family to the Merced Assembly Center, California, and Granada concentration camp, Colorado. Returned to California as a high school student. Mr. Matsuoka passed away ...

Narrator Richard Iwao Hidaka

Nisei male. Born April 11, 1928, in Modesto, California. Grew up in Modesto, where parents ran a laundry business and then a farm. During World War II, removed to the Merced Assembly Center, California, and the Granada (Amache) concentration camp, Colorado. After leaving camp, finished school in Chicago, Illinois, and served in the National Guard. Remained ...
Marion Michiko Bernardo Interview (ddr-densho-1000-328)
vh Marion Michiko Bernardo Interview (ddr-densho-1000-328)
Nisei female. Born July 25, 1930, in Walnut Grove, California. Grew up in Walnut Grove. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed with family to the Merced Assembly Center, California, and the Granada (Amache) concentration camp, Colorado. Left camp to attend a boarding school in New York before eventually returning to Walnut Grove. Marion passed away ...

Narrator Bob Fuchigami

Nisei male. Born May 15, 1930, in Marysville, California. Family operated a farm prior to World War II. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was removed to the Merced Assembly Center, California, and Granada (Amache) concentration camp, Colorado. Currently resides in Colorado.
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.
Bob Fuchigami Interview (ddr-manz-1-28)
vh Bob Fuchigami Interview (ddr-manz-1-28)
Nisei male. Born May 15, 1930, in Marysville, California. Family operated a farm prior to World War II. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was removed to the Merced Assembly Center, California, and Granada (Amache) concentration camp, Colorado. Currently resides in Colorado.
Issei woman crying as she boards train (ddr-densho-151-293)
img Issei woman crying as she boards train (ddr-densho-151-293)
Original caption: Woodland, California. Women at railroad station on morning of departure of persons of Japanese ancestry from this agricultural community to the Merced Assembly center. The woman in the dark slack suit is one of the few exhibiting grief on leaving.

Narrator Louie Watanabe

Nisei male. Born August 22, 1925, in Walnut Grove, California. Grew up in Walnut Grove, where parents owned and operated a restaurant and rooming house. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Merced Assembly Center, California, and Granada concentration camp, Colorado. Left camp for Chicago, Illinois, and worked in various places, including Colorado Springs ...
Susumu Yenokida Interview (ddr-manz-1-35)
vh Susumu Yenokida Interview (ddr-manz-1-35)
Nisei male. Born June 28, 1925, in Turlock, California. Grew up in the Cortez, California, area. During World War II, was removed to the Merced Assembly Center, California, and Granada (Amache) concentration camp, Colorado. When drafted by the military, refused to report for the preinduction physical, and was tried and jailed for refusing the draft. Served ...
Japanese Americans waving goodbye from train (ddr-densho-151-299)
img Japanese Americans waving goodbye from train (ddr-densho-151-299)
Original caption: Woodland, Yolo County, California. Ten cars of evacuees of Japanese ancestry are now aboard and the doors are closed. Their Caucasian friends and the staff of the Wartime Civil Control Administration stations are watching the departure from the platform. Evacuees are leaving their homes and ranches, in a rich agricultural district, bound for Merced ...
Government workers on train platform (ddr-densho-151-303)
img Government workers on train platform (ddr-densho-151-303)
Original caption: Woodland, California. This staff of Wartime Civil Control Administration workers have completed their job and stand on the platform awaiting the departure of the special train which has been loaded with evacuees of Japanese ancestry bound for the Merced Assembly center, 125 miles away.
Mercedian Collection (ddr-densho-191)
Collection Mercedian Collection (ddr-densho-191)
This collection consists of issues of the Mercedian, which was the newspaper for the Merced Assembly Center, California, open from May 6, 1942, to September 15, 1942. The newspaper provided information about activities and sports, living conditions, and the move to permanent camps.
White townspeople saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-298)
img White townspeople saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-298)
Original caption: Woodland, Yolo County, California. Ten cars of evacuees of Japanese ancestry are now aboard the train and the doors are closed. Their Caucasian friends and the staff of the Wartime Civil Control Administration stations are watching the departure form the platform. Evacuees are leaving their homes, ranches, in a rich agricultural district for Merced ...
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