"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" (238)

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Yaeko Yoshihara Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1001-17-4)
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Remembering the day of mass removal

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Sally Shimako Nishimori Kitano Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1001-5-7)
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Preparing for removal and memories of "evacuation day"

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Kay Sakai Nakao Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1001-3-4)
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Seeing the camp site for the first time: "My heart sank down to my toes"
Matsue Watanabe Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1001-9-7)
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Feeling ashamed on day of mass removal: "I didn't want to look at anybody I knew there"
Fumiko Hayashida Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1001-1-2)
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Memories of mass removal with two young children and pregnant with a third
Masako Yoshida Interview Segment 12 (ddr-manz-1-153-12)
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The day of mass removal: "we were not to show too much emotion"
Hikoji Takeuchi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-manz-1-10-8)
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Vivid memories of "evacuation day"; help from a Christian couple
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-12-35)
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Removal from Bellevue, Washington: arranging own transportation to the train station
Kay Matsuoka Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-48-19)
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Memories of "evacuation day": "...Just like these movies when they go to jail, it was just like that"
Martha Nishitani Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-71-14)
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Removal from Seattle; "Hundreds of little black heads ... they all looked alike"
Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-112-16)
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Mass removal to Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington with seven children (Japanese language)

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Kazie Good Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-429-5)
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The day of mass removal, feeling that there were no other options
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