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.

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Louise Kashino Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-31-12)
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Leaving Seattle: packing extra food just in case; first impressions of the Puyallup Assembly Center

For the first hour of this interview, an additional camera crew from KCTS Television was also present.

Jack Y. Kunitomi Interview II Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-376-3)
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Deciding what to take to camp: leaving prized record collection behind

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Rick Sato Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-80-7)
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Preparing for mass removal: packing pots and pans, but no knives
Robert Mizukami Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-114-9)
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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.

Hideo Hoshide Interview I Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-184-35)
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Fiance travels to Tacoma, fearful that families would be sent to different concentration camps
Marjorie Matsushita Sperling Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-273-14)
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Hearing about other areas being removed

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Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-53-22)
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Preparing for mass removal, selling off the family business and car
Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-98-14)
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Giving birth to daughter as family prepares to "evacuate," sharing a hospital room with the inconsolable wife of a serviceman
Jim M. Tanimoto Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-270-11)
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Arranging for a German family to take care of farmland during the war
Fumiko Hayashida Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-15-15)
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Efforts to store belongings in preparation for mass removal
Satoru Ichikawa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-236-11)
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Preparing for mass removal: making provisions for the Buddhist temple
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-152-13)
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Reading of a flyer put out by the Hood River chief of police in the days following the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Mary Hirata Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-22-9)
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Running a family-owned business in prewar Seattle; memories of things left behind during mass removal
Mary Hirata Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-22-11)
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Preparing for mass removal: deciding what to take, and remembering things left behind
Takashi Hoshizaki Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-290-13)
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Having to close the family store, dispose of groceries

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Takashi Hori - Yoshito Mizuta - Elmer Tazuma Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-25-28)
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Arrangements to protect hotel property, and reclaiming hotel property postwar
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
Kay Uno Kaneko Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-282-11)
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Preparing for mass removal, destroying possessions

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Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-10)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama at Fort Missula from his wife, Teru Koyama, in Portland. Postmarked March 24, 1942. In the lower left corner is a "CENSORED" stamp. The enclosed letter, dated March 23, 1942, has the same stamp at the top of the page. Teru writes about receiving his last letter, which made everyone ...
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