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On March 2, 1942, Public Proclamation No. 1 began to appear on telephone poles and buildings. This was the first official notice Japanese Americans had of their immediate removal from the West Coast. The notices stated that they had six or seven days to prepare, and were to take only what they could carry. They were not told where they would be taken. People rushed to sell or store, in one week, property and belongings acquired over a lifetime. Some families tucked their valuables away in their attic or basement and locked the door, hoping to return soon.

World War II (54)
Mass removal ("evacuation") (151)
Preparation (281)

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Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-143-18)
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Preparing for mass removal, worrying about younger brother who was hospitalized
Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-143-19)
vh Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-143-19)
Deciding what to bring to assembly center, parents' stoic attitude toward mass removal
Peggie Nishimura Bain Interview Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-170-28)
vh Peggie Nishimura Bain Interview Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-170-28)
Memories of the bombing of Pearl Harbor; trying to prepare for mass removal: "I still have nightmares"
Ben Takeshita Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-467-5)
vh Ben Takeshita Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-467-5)
Memories of the day of mass removal and first impressions of the Tanforan Assembly Center
Archie Miyatake Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-299-14)
vh Archie Miyatake Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-299-14)
Storing photography equipment

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