"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" (251)

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Hikoji Takeuchi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-manz-1-10-8)
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Vivid memories of "evacuation day"; help from a Christian couple
Richard M. Murakami Interview Segment 5 (ddr-manz-1-161-5)
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Memories of "evacuation day," arriving at the Marysville Assembly Center, California
Yoshimitsu Suyematsu Interview Segment 12 (ddr-one-7-66-12)
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The journey to assembly center by ferry and train

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June Takahashi Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-88-17)
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Leaving Petersburg, Alaska: realizing no one was going to question the orders
Rae Takekawa Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-89-19)
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Removal from Bellevue, Washington: remembering who came to see them off at the train station
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-12-35)
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Removal from Bellevue, Washington: arranging own transportation to the train station
Frank Miyamoto Interview III Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-52-11)
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Feeling herded like cattle on the day of mass removal, first impressions of the Puyallup Assembly Center
Henry Miyatake Interview II Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-54-1)
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"Evacuation day": trying to bring in more belongings and supplies
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"
Shosuke Sasaki Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-78-13)
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Mass removal from Seattle: memories of a small act of kindness
Rick Sato Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-80-8)
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Mass removal: "You don't know where you're going..."
Walt Woodward Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-104-6)
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Recalling the mass removal: "The soldiers were the ones that were crying"
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)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview.

Joseph Frisino Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-117-19)
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A soldier's desire to shoot Japanese Americans while ushering them to concentration camps

Mr. Frisino was suffering from a slight cough during the two days of this interview.

Kara Kondo Interview Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-139-29)
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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)
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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
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