"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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"Evacuation Day" (254)

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Journal (ddr-densho-383-626)
doc Journal (ddr-densho-383-626)
Journal in English and Japanese from 1942.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-36-22)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-36-22)
Fumi Hayashida holding her sleeping daughter, Natalie.
Henry Miyatake Interview II Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-54-1)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview II Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-54-1)
"Evacuation day": trying to bring in more belongings and supplies
Kara Kondo Interview Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-139-29)
vh Kara Kondo Interview Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-139-29)
Impact of mass removal on the Wapato Japanese community; a sergeant in charge of removal expresses sympathy, but "it was his job"
Kara Kondo Interview Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-139-26)
vh Kara Kondo Interview Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-139-26)
Vivid memories of the day of mass removal: helping the GIs with the move, sadness of father, the sound of the gate closing upon arrival at assembly center
Earl Hanson Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-160-14)
vh Earl Hanson Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-160-14)
Memories of seeing friends off at the Eagledale ferry dock on the day of mass removal

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Walt Woodward Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-104-6)
vh Walt Woodward Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-104-6)
Recalling the mass removal: "The soldiers were the ones that were crying"
Ben Takeshita Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-467-5)
vh Ben Takeshita Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-467-5)
Memories of the day of mass removal and first impressions of the Tanforan Assembly Center
Yoshimitsu Suyematsu Interview Segment 12 (ddr-one-7-66-12)
vh Yoshimitsu Suyematsu Interview Segment 12 (ddr-one-7-66-12)
The journey to assembly center by ferry and train

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Masako Yoshida Interview Segment 12 (ddr-manz-1-153-12)
vh Masako Yoshida Interview Segment 12 (ddr-manz-1-153-12)
The day of mass removal: "we were not to show too much emotion"
Hikoji Takeuchi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-manz-1-10-8)
vh Hikoji Takeuchi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-manz-1-10-8)
Vivid memories of "evacuation day"; help from a Christian couple
Richard M. Murakami Interview Segment 5 (ddr-manz-1-161-5)
vh Richard M. Murakami Interview Segment 5 (ddr-manz-1-161-5)
Memories of "evacuation day," arriving at the Marysville Assembly Center, California
Gordon Hirabayashi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1012-2-8)
vh Gordon Hirabayashi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1012-2-8)
Watching family and friends leave for camp (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

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Kenji Maruko Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1010-8-16)
vh Kenji Maruko Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1010-8-16)
Memories of "evacuation day"; bringing a bicycle to camp

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Helen Harano Christ Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1013-6-7)
vh Helen Harano Christ Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1013-6-7)
Unable to participate in school's May Day celebration because of mass removal
Louie Watanabe Interview Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1010-1-28)
vh Louie Watanabe Interview Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1010-1-28)
Leaving for Merced Assembly Center by train

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