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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Rick Sato Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-80-7)
vh Rick Sato Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-80-7)
Preparing for mass removal: packing pots and pans, but no knives
Tokio Yamane Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-432-20)
vh Tokio Yamane Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-432-20)
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor; receiving special dispensation to participate in a track meet before going to camp (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview. This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service ...

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.

Hideo Hoshide Interview I Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-184-35)
vh Hideo Hoshide Interview I Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-184-35)
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)
vh Marjorie Matsushita Sperling Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-273-14)
Hearing about other areas being removed

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.

Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-53-22)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-53-22)
Preparing for mass removal, selling off the family business and car
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
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 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
Satoru Ichikawa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-236-11)
vh Satoru Ichikawa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-236-11)
Preparing for mass removal: making provisions for the Buddhist temple
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-152-13)
vh Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-152-13)
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)
vh Mary Hirata Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-22-9)
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)
vh Mary Hirata Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-22-11)
Preparing for mass removal: deciding what to take, and remembering things left behind
Takashi Hoshizaki Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-290-13)
vh Takashi Hoshizaki Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-290-13)
Having to close the family store, dispose of groceries

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 ...

Takashi Hori - Yoshito Mizuta - Elmer Tazuma Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-25-28)
vh Takashi Hori - Yoshito Mizuta - Elmer Tazuma Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-25-28)
Arrangements to protect hotel property, and reclaiming hotel property postwar
Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-143-18)
vh Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-143-18)
Preparing for mass removal, worrying about younger brother who was hospitalized
Kay Uno Kaneko Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-282-11)
vh Kay Uno Kaneko Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-282-11)
Preparing for mass removal, destroying possessions

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.

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 ...
An Oral History with Norman Y. Mineta (ddr-csujad-29-55)
vh An Oral History with Norman Y. Mineta (ddr-csujad-29-55)
Japanese American congressman, representing the Thirteenth Congressional District of California, born and raised in San Jose, California, discusses his early life, graduation from the University of California, Berkeley, and receiving a commission and serving in the armed forces from 1953-1956. Recalls the removal, "relocation," and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II at the Heart ...
Signs announcing
img Signs announcing "evacuation" sale (ddr-csujad-7-4)
Signs announcing "evacuation" sale. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_JA_f04
JACL mass removal registration (ddr-densho-36-29)
img JACL mass removal registration (ddr-densho-36-29)
The Seattle chapter of the JACL conducted emergency "evacuation" registration on or about March 14, 1942.
Registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-80)
img Registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-80)
Original WRA caption: San Francisco, California. Bush Street, San Francisco. Japanese family heads and persons living alone form a line outside Civil Control station located in the Japanese American Citizens League Auditorium at 2031 Bush Street, to appear for "processing" in response to Civilian Exclusion Order Number 20.
Issei preparing farm for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-270)
img Issei preparing farm for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-270)
Original caption: Woodland, California. This mother of Japanese ancestry is ready with her family of ten, to leave their farm the following morning in compliance with Civilian Exclusion Order. The figure in the background is a Negro laborer employed by the new tenants who have taken over the farm and are now operating it.
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