"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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Family during mass removal (ddr-densho-151-39)
img Family during mass removal (ddr-densho-151-39)
Original WRA caption: Hayward, California. Members of the Mochida family awaiting evacuation bus. Identification tags are used to aid in keeping the family unit intact during all phases of evacuation. Mochida operated a nursery and five greenhouses on a two-acre site in Eden Township. He raised snapdragons and sweet peas. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be …
Grandfather waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-197)
img Grandfather waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-197)
Original caption: Centerville, California. A grandfather awaits evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese American family with baggage (ddr-densho-151-245)
img Japanese American family with baggage (ddr-densho-151-245)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Part of family unit of Japanese ancestry leave Wartime Civil Control Administration station on afternoon of evacuation, under Civilian Exclusion Order Number 28. Social worker directs these evacuees to the waiting bus.
White townspeople saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-292)
img White townspeople saying goodbye (ddr-densho-151-292)
Original caption: Woodland, California. The departure of persons of Japanese ancestry by special train for Merced Assembly center brought many of their Caucasian friends to the station on this morning when they were being evacuated. Woodland is situated in the rich agricultural Sacramento Valley about ten miles northwest of Sacramento, California.
A message for our neighbors on the day of evacuation (ddr-densho-498-1)
doc A message for our neighbors on the day of evacuation (ddr-densho-498-1)
A letter of concern, apology, condolence, and love from the Mrs. Woods, Pres. of Oakland Council of Church Women, Lawton Harris, Executive Secretary of East Bay Church Federation, and Robert Inglis, Pres. of East Bay Ministers' Fellowship to Japanese Americans being evacuated from Oakland, California.
Personal identification tag (ddr-densho-287-1)
doc Personal identification tag (ddr-densho-287-1)
Tag worn by Molly Kageyama Maeda during mass removal from Hood River, Oregon to Portland Assembly Center.
Change of residence notice and travel permit (ddr-densho-287-2)
doc Change of residence notice and travel permit (ddr-densho-287-2)
Molly Kageyama Maeda's change of residence notice and travel permit form for her journey from Hood River, Oregon to Portland Assembly Center.
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. …
Loading trucks for mass removal (ddr-densho-34-169)
img Loading trucks for mass removal (ddr-densho-34-169)
A Japanese American family is loaded with their belongings onto the back of an army truck for transport to the Eagledale ferry dock for exclusion from Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Mass removal from Bainbridge Island, Washington (ddr-densho-34-2)
img Mass removal from Bainbridge Island, Washington (ddr-densho-34-2)
Japanese Americans walk down the Eagledale ferry dock to catch a special ferry to Seattle.
Soldier carrying Japanese American girl (ddr-densho-34-150)
img Soldier carrying Japanese American girl (ddr-densho-34-150)
Frances Kitamoto is held by a U.S. army soldier during the exclusion of the Japanese Americans from Bainbridge Island.
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.
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