Preparation

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 (66)
Mass removal ("evacuation") (152)
Preparation (281)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Military Areas 1 and 2

281 items
Hitoshi
vh Hitoshi "Hank" Naito Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-286-9)
Father leaves fishing boat under the control of an Italian friend (audio-only)
Arthur Ogami Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-154-9)
vh Arthur Ogami Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-154-9)
In preparation for mass removal, volunteering to help fill out registration applications for community families
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 33 (ddr-densho-1000-12-33)
vh Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 33 (ddr-densho-1000-12-33)
Packing for camp, and trying to protect farm assets; property loss and damage
Kay Matsuoka Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-48-28)
vh Kay Matsuoka Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-48-28)
Preparing for mass removal: one suitcase, duffel bag, and care package
Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-98-14)
vh Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-98-14)
Giving birth to daughter as family prepares to "evacuate," sharing a hospital room with the inconsolable wife of a serviceman
Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-98-18)
vh Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-98-18)
Impact of mass removal on family business, selling at a loss, "we never recovered from, really..."
Ike Hatchimonji Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-381-8)
vh Ike Hatchimonji Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-381-8)
Preparing for 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.

Takeko Yokoyama Todo Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-430-9)
vh Takeko Yokoyama Todo Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-430-9)
The aftermath of December 7th: leaving school, restrictions, storing belongings
Robert Mizukami Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-114-9)
vh Robert Mizukami Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-114-9)
As eldest son, registering family for mass removal following Executive Order 9066; forced to dispose of property and belongings

This is the first in a series of interviews conducted by the Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizen League in collaboration with Densho.

Frank S. Fujii Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-8-10)
vh Frank S. Fujii Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-8-10)
Impact of mass removal and giving up belongings

This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.

Frank S. Fujii Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-8-9)
vh Frank S. Fujii Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-8-9)
Preparing for mass removal, experiencing racism

This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.

Kazie Good Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-429-4)
vh Kazie Good Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-429-4)
Preparing for mass removal: brother gives away his prized model plane
Seichi Hayashida Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-14-14)
vh Seichi Hayashida Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-14-14)
Deciding what to take and what to leave behind during mass removal
Jim M. Tanimoto Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-270-11)
vh Jim M. Tanimoto Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-270-11)
Arranging for a German family to take care of farmland during the war
Fumiko Hayashida Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-15-14)
vh Fumiko Hayashida Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-15-14)
Removal from Bainbridge Island, Washington, just as the strawberry crops were ready to be harvested
Fumiko Hayashida Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-15-15)
vh Fumiko Hayashida Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-15-15)
Efforts to store belongings in preparation for mass removal
Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-155-8)
vh Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-155-8)
Observing the tumultuous period after the bombing of Pearl Harbor: Japanese American congregation rushes to store belongings in church basement
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