"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.

World War II (215)
Mass removal ("evacuation") (241)
"Evacuation Day" (251)

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Mass removal (ddr-densho-118-2)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-118-2)
This photograph of the Yasutake family originally ran in the Seattle Times in 1942.
Yuriko Domoto diary 1942-1944 (ddr-densho-356-705)
doc Yuriko Domoto diary 1942-1944 (ddr-densho-356-705)
Yuriko Domoto Tsukada's diary spanning 1942-1944. Pre-printed dates do not line up with the handwritten dates; 1942 is in the months of May, August September, 1943 is in months of January, and 1944 in the months of January, February Omitted the following pre-printed dates as the pages were blank: February 24-May 9; May 14-August 21; August …
Two letters to Yuri from Min Yonekura (ddr-densho-356-285)
doc Two letters to Yuri from Min Yonekura (ddr-densho-356-285)
Two letters to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Minoru "Min" Yonekura. Both letters stored in one envelope, unclear if they were mailed together or separately. Letter 5/11: describes forced removal, details items needed in assembly center to make barracks feel homey, food quality in the assembly center and general life there. Letter 2: discusses plans to move …
Scrapbook (ddr-densho-361-1)
img Scrapbook (ddr-densho-361-1)
Written on tape on cover: "This scrapbook is original--1942 Nobuko Omoto (Sakai) Bainbridge Island, WA. Please handle with care."
American Concentration Camps VOLUME 2 January 1, 1942- February 19, 1942 (ddr-densho-372-2)
doc American Concentration Camps VOLUME 2 January 1, 1942- February 19, 1942 (ddr-densho-372-2)
Volume 2 divides into two sections. Description about this volume reads directly from the book as follows: The first section features archival documents that show chiefly how the decision to relocate the West Coast Japanese evolved from conflicting views both outside and inside the executive branch. The second section features reports of the Anti-Axis Committee, Los …
American Concentration Camps VOLUME 3 February 20, 1942- March 31, 1942 (ddr-densho-372-3)
doc American Concentration Camps VOLUME 3 February 20, 1942- March 31, 1942 (ddr-densho-372-3)
Volume 3 divides into 4 sections. Description about this volume reads directly from the book as follows: Section 1 contains archival documents from February 20, 1942 to March 19, 1942 regarding the basic decision of how to remove more than 100,000 human beings which was delegated to General De Witt and his staff. Section 2 contains …
Printed copy of text of speech from 2004 Minidoka Reunion (ddr-densho-383-482)
doc Printed copy of text of speech from 2004 Minidoka Reunion (ddr-densho-383-482)
Section II, Introduction to Puyallup, by Tama Tokuda, completed text of object ddr-densho-383-481
Letter from Sueko Hasegawa (ddr-densho-383-555)
doc Letter from Sueko Hasegawa (ddr-densho-383-555)
Written before Hasegawa was "evacuated" to Tamako in camp, probably Camp Harmony
Journal (ddr-densho-383-626)
doc Journal (ddr-densho-383-626)
Journal in English and Japanese from 1942.
Tamako Inouye's 1942 Diary (ddr-densho-383-627)
doc Tamako Inouye's 1942 Diary (ddr-densho-383-627)
Tamako (Inouye) Tokuda's daily diary from 1942. She discusses forced removal from Seattle, time at Puyallup Assembly Center and time at Minidoka.
Baggage of Japanese Americans next to bus (ddr-densho-151-165)
img Baggage of Japanese Americans next to bus (ddr-densho-151-165)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Baggage of evacuees of Japanese ancestry stacked at public park as evacuation bus prepares to leave for Tanforan assembly center. Evacuees will be transferred later to War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
Two children waiting in line for bus (ddr-densho-151-150)
img Two children waiting in line for bus (ddr-densho-151-150)
Original caption: Byron, California. Third generation of American children of Japanese ancestry in crowd awaiting the arrival of the next bus which will take them from their homes to the Assembly center.
Japanese Americans waving goodbye (ddr-densho-151-259)
img Japanese Americans waving goodbye (ddr-densho-151-259)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Inhabitants of the Japanese section wave farewell at the departure of their friends and neighbors whom they are soon to follow to Tanforan Assembly center. This bus contains some of the 660 persons to be evacuated on this day. In three more days these streets will be deserted of persons of …
Japanese American family waiting for the bus (ddr-densho-151-106)
img Japanese American family waiting for the bus (ddr-densho-151-106)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. The family unit in kept intact in various phases of evacuation of persons of Japanese ancestry. ...A view at Wartime Civil Control Administration station, 2020 Van Ness Avenue, on April 6, 1942, when first group of 664 was evacuated from San Francisco. The family unit likewise is preserved in War Relocation …
Children wearing
img Children wearing "evacuation tags" (ddr-densho-151-450)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Two children of the Mochida family who, with their parents are awaiting evacuation bus. The youngster on the right holds a sandwich given her by one of a group of women who were present from a local church. The family unit is kept intact during evacuation and at War Relocation Authority centers …
Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-327)
img Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-327)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Mr. and Mrs. Kitagaki with two of their children at the Wartime Civil Control Administration station a few minutes before departure by bus for Tanforan Assembly center. A local church member is handing Kimiko a pamphlet expressing the good wishes of the church toward the departing evacuees. Mr. Kitagaki, prior to evacuation, …
Issei man preparing to board bus (ddr-densho-151-267)
img Issei man preparing to board bus (ddr-densho-151-267)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. This evacuee of Japanese ancestry has been checked by officials and is about to board the evacuation bus for an Assembly center.
Two fatherless families awaiting mass removal (ddr-densho-151-112)
img Two fatherless families awaiting mass removal (ddr-densho-151-112)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Families of two Shinto priests who were interned on December 8, 1942, immediately upon declaration of war. The mother at right has nine American born children and has been in the United States ten years. The mother on the left has been in this country two years, and neither speak English. …
Japanese American family waiting for the bus (ddr-densho-151-107)
img Japanese American family waiting for the bus (ddr-densho-151-107)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. The family unit is kept intact in various phases of evacuation of persons of Japanese ancestry. ...A view at Wartime Civil Contril Administration station, 2020 Van Ness Avenue, on April 6, 1942, when first group of 664 was evacuated from San Francisco. The family unit likewise is preserved at War Relocation …
Two friends saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-191)
img Two friends saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-191)
Original caption: Centerville, California. A friend comes to bid a farmer of Japanese ancestry goodbye while awaiting an evacuation bus. Farmers and other evacuees will be given opportunities to follow their callings at War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-449)
img Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-449)
Original caption: Byron, California. As families of Japanese ancestry evacuated from farms in Contra Costa County, they gathered at Wartime Civil Control Administration station and awaited buses for assembly center at Turlock Fairgrounds, 65 miles away. Evacuees will be transferred later from assembly centers to War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration. Boy …
Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-457)
img Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-457)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Evacuees at the Wartime Civil Control Administration Control station awaiting evacuation bus for Tanforan Assembly center under Cicilian Exclusion Order Number 28. Woman standing in background is a local Caucasian church worker assisting in the evacuation.
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