"Evacuation Day"

On the appointed "evacuation day," thousands of Japanese Americans gathered at designated locations, with the numbered identification tags they had been issued tied to their coats. Watched by curious onlookers, they were met by armed soldiers and transported in buses, private cars, and trains to sixteen temporary "assembly centers" in California, Washington, Oregon, and Arizona.

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Tatsumi Miyajima checks the belongings tied to the back of an automobile (ddr-csujad-52-44)
img Tatsumi Miyajima checks the belongings tied to the back of an automobile (ddr-csujad-52-44)
A man, wearing a hat and long trench coat, leans on the items tied to the back of an automobile with thick string. The caption printed along with the image in the Press-Telegram reads, "Tatsumi Miyajima makes last-minute check on his belonging before leaving for internment camp." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
Crowd waits to board a train for
img Crowd waits to board a train for "evacuation" at Terminal Island (ddr-csujad-54-7)
A large crowd of Japanese American people waiting while a military police officer helps the onto a train for "evacuation" at Terminal Island. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: hslb_rpc_0058
Children from Terminal Island waving from a bus during
img Children from Terminal Island waving from a bus during "evacuation" (ddr-csujad-54-1)
Two children wave to the cameraman from inside a bus on "evacuation" night. A woman sits in the seat in front of the children looking away from the camera. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: hslb_rpc_0052
Large group of Japanese American people from Terminal Island fill a vehicle during
img Large group of Japanese American people from Terminal Island fill a vehicle during "evacuation" (ddr-csujad-54-2)
Nearly all the seats are filled inside the car of a train or bus on "evacuation"; night. The passengers appear to consist of three generations, including young children, adults, and seniors. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: hslb_rpc_0053
Three women from Terminal Island sitting inside a train car on
img Three women from Terminal Island sitting inside a train car on "evacuation" night (ddr-csujad-54-5)
Three Japanese women sitting in a train car on "evacuation" night. The women are smiling at the photographer who is positioned below the windows, outside of the train. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: hslb_rpc_0056
Japanese American family from Terminal Island unloading from the bed of a truck as military police watch on (ddr-csujad-54-3)
img Japanese American family from Terminal Island unloading from the bed of a truck as military police watch on (ddr-csujad-54-3)
A Japanese American man reaches up towards a woman and child who are in the back of a truck. Two children and another adult woman are on the ground with three men in military police uniforms. Oil derricks are visible in the background. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Loading the truck for
img Loading the truck for "evacuation" (ddr-csujad-54-6)
A Japanese American man and woman from Terminal Island check the rope that is securing belongings to the bed of a truck on "evacuation" day. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: hslb_rpc_0057
Adult male and three children from Terminal Island sit on benches in a train car (ddr-csujad-54-4)
img Adult male and three children from Terminal Island sit on benches in a train car (ddr-csujad-54-4)
An adult male with two young boys and one young girl sit in opposing bench seats in a train car on "evacuation" night. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: hslb_rpc_0055
Bessie Ezaki (ddr-csujad-8-11)
doc Bessie Ezaki (ddr-csujad-8-11)
Oral history interview with Aiko Bessie Ezaki. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Ezaki, Bessie
Martha Kajiwara interview (ddr-csujad-6-10)
doc Martha Kajiwara interview (ddr-csujad-6-10)
Oral history interview with Martha Kajiwara. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KAJIWARA_MARTHA
Trucks preparing to transport
img Trucks preparing to transport "hand luggage" to assigned assembly centers (ddr-csujad-7-5)
Trucks preparing to transport "hand luggage" to assigned assembly centers, 1942. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_JA_f05
Nisei girl looking over the baggage of two families (ddr-csujad-7-11)
img Nisei girl looking over the baggage of two families (ddr-csujad-7-11)
Nisei girl looking over the baggage of two families at a camp. The baggage belongs to "Y. Takemoto" and "Kobori, Miyoko." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_JA_f11
Japanese Americans being
img Japanese Americans being "evacuated" by train (ddr-csujad-7-9)
Japanese Americans being "evacuated" by train. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_JA_f09
Mochida family ready to board a bus to an assembly center (ddr-csujad-7-6)
img Mochida family ready to board a bus to an assembly center (ddr-csujad-7-6)
Mochida family ready to board a bus to an assembly center, Hayward, California, May 8, 1942. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_JA_f06
Money, apology won't ease pain of Camp Amache (ddr-csujad-56-319)
doc Money, apology won't ease pain of Camp Amache (ddr-csujad-56-319)
Gaye Lebaron's article titled: Money, apology won't ease pain of Camp Amache. Published in "The press Democrat" on Sunday May 1, 1988. The original image is housed with the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was borrowed for digitization courtesy of the JACL. This image belongs to a group of images related to the …
Manzanar diary (ddr-csujad-34-1)
doc Manzanar diary (ddr-csujad-34-1)
One diary written by Hiroshi Fukuwa, a Kibei Nisei of Los Angeles, California. His diary starts from his departing day from Los Angeles to move into the Manzanar incarceration camp as one of the first group of volunteer incacerees. He was transferred to the Gila River camp, Arizona, to join his brother's family, and segregated into …
Manzanar diary (ddr-csujad-34-2)
doc Manzanar diary (ddr-csujad-34-2)
English translation of a diary written by Hiroshi Fukuwa, a Kibei Nisei of Los Angeles, California. His diary starts from his departing day from Los Angeles to move into the Manzanar incarceration camp as one of the first group of volunteer incacerees. He was transferred to the Gila River camp in Arizona, to join his brother's …
Mass removal (ddr-densho-34-193)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-34-193)
Army trucks were used to transport the Japanese American community on Bainbridge Island to the Eagledale ferry dock where they were taken to the mainland for exclusion.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-34-144)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-34-144)
Shigeko Kitamoto and her children, Jane, Frances and Frank, wait to board a special ferry to Seattle, Washington. Bainbridge Island, Washington was evacuated on March 30, 1942. It was one of the first communities on the West Coast to be evacuated presumably due to its proximity to the Puget Sound Navy Yards.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-34-147)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-34-147)
These Japanese Americans are waiting for army trucks to take them to the Eagledale ferry dock on Bainbridge Island, Washington. From there, a special ferry will take them to Seattle, where they will be transferred to a train bound for the Manzanar concentration camp in California.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-34-80)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-34-80)
Kikuyo (back left) and Henry Takayoshi wait at the Eagledale ferry dock with their children (left to right), Shizue, Mieko, Kiyo, and Takoto. In the background are (left to right): Lilly Kojima, Takiko Kojima, Iku Amatatsu and Kuniko Chihara. A special ferry transported them from Bainbridge Island to Seattle.
Mother with children on day of mass removal (ddr-densho-34-181)
img Mother with children on day of mass removal (ddr-densho-34-181)
Shigeko Kitamoto with her children (L to R) Jane, Frances, and Frank Kitamoto.
Family on day of mass removal (ddr-densho-34-149)
img Family on day of mass removal (ddr-densho-34-149)
Shigeko Kitamoto and her children say goodbye to friends on the day of exclusion from their home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Front, left to right: Ilohio Narte (kneeling) holding Frank Kitamoto. Back, left to right: An unidentified man holding Jane Kitamoto, Lilly Kitamoto, Shigeko Kitamoto, Frances Kitamoto and Felix Narte. The Nartes had worked for Mrs. …
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