"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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Nisei man and white friend saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-188)
img Nisei man and white friend saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-188)
Original caption: Centerville, California. A caucasian friend has come to say goodbye to his farmer friends of Japanese ancestry prior to their evacuation to an Assembly center.
Mother and baby waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-204)
img Mother and baby waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-204)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Mother and baby await evacuation bus. Posted on wall are schedules listing names of families, buses to which they are assigned, and times of departure. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Moving vans being packed with baggage (ddr-densho-151-203)
img Moving vans being packed with baggage (ddr-densho-151-203)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Awaiting evacuation bus, while personal effects are packed aboard moving vans. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese American families waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-201)
img Japanese American families waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-201)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Members of farm families await evacuation bus. Farmers and other evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be given opportunities to follow their callings at War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
Japanese American Citizens League office (ddr-densho-151-196)
img Japanese American Citizens League office (ddr-densho-151-196)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry waiting in front of the Japanese American Citizens League quarters for evacuation buses which will take them to the Tanforan Assembly center. The man in the gray hat is reading a religious book written in Japanese.
Japanese Americans boarding bus (ddr-densho-151-244)
img Japanese Americans boarding bus (ddr-densho-151-244)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Boarding a bus at the Wartime Civil Control Administration station for Tanforan Assembly center. These evacuees of Japanese ancestry will later be transferred to a War Relocation Authority center to spend the duration.
Japanese Americans saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-42)
img Japanese Americans saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-42)
Original WRA caption: Woodland, California. Filled with evacuees of Japanese ancestry, the special train is ready to depart from this rich agricultural section for the Merced Assembly Center, 125 miles away.
Two Nisei boys observing mass removal (ddr-densho-151-151)
img Two Nisei boys observing mass removal (ddr-densho-151-151)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. High school boys, on balcony of Japanese American Citizens League at 2031 Bush Street, look down sidewalk where friends boarded evacuation buses. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Family preparing to board bus (ddr-densho-151-266)
img Family preparing to board bus (ddr-densho-151-266)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. San Francisco residents of Japanese ancestry being checked by registration numbers and family groups prior to boarding buses which will take them to an Assembly center.
Issei minister with white colleagues (ddr-densho-151-163)
img Issei minister with white colleagues (ddr-densho-151-163)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Members of clergy and Salvation Army bid farewell to evacuee minister, Reverend Sui Hiro, of the San Lorenzo Holiness Church, as he and his small son prepare to board evacuation bus. On his right is the Reverend John Charles Derfelt, Baptist minister, and on his left is the Reverend W. V. Immel, …
Young girl with baggage (ddr-densho-151-462)
img Young girl with baggage (ddr-densho-151-462)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Young evacuee of Japanese ancestry guarding the family belongings near the Wartime Civil Control Administration station. In half an hour the evacuation bus will depart for Tanforan Assembly center.
Issei woman and children awaiting mass removal (ddr-densho-151-113)
img Issei woman and children awaiting mass removal (ddr-densho-151-113)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Japanese mother, wife of interned Shinto priest with youngest of her nine children who are American born. She has been in in the United States ten years and does not speak English. Within a few days residents of Japanese ancestry will be evacuated to assembly centers and later transferred to War …
Issei woman waits with baggage (ddr-densho-151-210)
img Issei woman waits with baggage (ddr-densho-151-210)
Original caption: Centerville, California. This evacuee stands by her baggage as she waits for evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Nisei girl with baggage (ddr-densho-151-326)
img Nisei girl with baggage (ddr-densho-151-326)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Kimiko Kitagaki, young evacuee guarding the family baggage prior to departure by bus in one half hour to Tanforan Assembly center. Her father was, until evacuation, in the cleaning and dyeing business.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-48)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-48)
Original WRA caption: Oakland, California. Baggage of evacuees of Japanese ancestry piled on the sidewalk. The Greyhound huses will soon arrive to take this baggage as well as the evacuees to the Tanforan Assembly center under Civilian Exclusion Order Number 28.
Baggage on sidewalk (ddr-densho-151-268)
img Baggage on sidewalk (ddr-densho-151-268)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Bed roll and baggage of evacuees of Japanese ancestry awaiting shipment from the Wartime Civil Control Administration station to an assembly center.
Young Japanese American during mass removal (ddr-densho-151-40)
img Young Japanese American during mass removal (ddr-densho-151-40)
Original WRA caption: Hayward, California. A young evacuee looks out the window of the evacuation bus before it starts for Tanforan Assembly Center. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Issei woman and children waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-169)
img Issei woman and children waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-169)
Original caption: Hayward, California. A mother with her American-born-and-educated children awaiting evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Baggage of Japanese Americans next to bus (ddr-densho-151-166)
img Baggage of Japanese Americans next to bus (ddr-densho-151-166)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Baggage of evacuees of Japanese ancestry ready to be loaded on moving van. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Child wearing
img Child wearing "evacuation tag" (ddr-densho-151-185)
Original caption: Centerville, California. This youngster is awaiting evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-247)
img Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-247)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Residents of Japanese ancestry congregated at Wartime Civil Control Administration station under Civilian Exclusion Order Number 28, awaiting evacuation buses which will take them to Tanforan Assembly center for later transfer to War Relocation Authority cnters where they will spend the duration.
Japanese American man preparing to board the bus (ddr-densho-151-167)
img Japanese American man preparing to board the bus (ddr-densho-151-167)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry about ready to board the bus to an Assembly center. An official of Wartime Civil Control Administration Control Station is checking registration numbers. Social worker in the background is assisiting in the evacuation.
Nisei man leaving Japanese American Citizens League office (ddr-densho-151-183)
img Nisei man leaving Japanese American Citizens League office (ddr-densho-151-183)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Harry Konda leaves the quarters of the Japanese American Citizens League of this township for the last time. He is about to board the first bus for the Tanforan Assembly center to which all people of Japanese ancestry of this community are being evacuated on this day. He is wearing his identification …
Closing barn on day of mass removal (ddr-densho-151-194)
img Closing barn on day of mass removal (ddr-densho-151-194)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Nailing the hayloft door on the morning of evacuation. Farmers and other evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be given opportunities to follow their callings at War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
Japanese Americans waiting for buses (ddr-densho-151-181)
img Japanese Americans waiting for buses (ddr-densho-151-181)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Early comers arrive at evacuation meeting place in this Alameda County farming community. Farmers and other evacuees will be given opportunities to follow their callings at War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
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