"Enemy alien" classification
World War II
"Enemy alien" classification (312)
doc "Protective Custody" of Any Suspect May Be Asked (February 6, 1942) (ddr-densho-56-603)
The Seattle Daily Times, February 6, 1942, p. 4
doc Memorandum from J. Edgar Hoover to Francis M. Shea, Assistant Attorney General (ddr-densho-67-20)
Memorandum from J. Edgar Hoover to Francis M. Shea, Assistant Attorney General regarding "alien enemies" and internal security. Hoover states his belief that there should be an identification and registration process for all "alien enemies" in the U.S. He recommends that there should be an authority permitted to apprehend citizens and aliens under suspicion. States that …
doc Alien certificate of identification (ddr-densho-126-6)
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Issei were required to carry identification documents because of their alien status. (Issei were barred from becoming naturalized citizens until 1952.) This document belonged to George Mitsutaro Yoshihara, a permanent U.S. resident since 1902. The identification certificate was the same size as an American passport and …
doc Letter sent from Issei man to wife (October 12, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-140)
Excerpt: "I gazed with deep thinking of you I living simple life in separate of long distance day after day, and made me freshly homesick."
doc Postcard from Issei man to wife (May 2, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-79)
Excerpt: "I fell [feel] fretfully that I could not help you at all, thank you for you paid my debt."
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (May 18, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-87)
Excerpt: "Open your letter with grateful, you are better now, but you should good care..."
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (January 31, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-53)
Excerpt: "I guess you had hard time tonsils trouble this week."
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (June 4, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-101)
Excerpt: "There can be no greater pleasure than for a family to live in harmony but we were obliged to part at this grim problem, as accessory of war."
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (May 14, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-86)
Excerpt: "You wrote me feel not good on eighth, Friday. Then I waited letter, surprised Roy's air mail open with fear but delighted he says Ma is well."
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (March 19, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-70)
Excerpt: "Thanks you and Roy worked very hard to run the business until the last day and so busy moved house that same time."
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (September 24, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-135)
Excerpt: "I wish you will get private apt. sooner. Did you meet Mr. Hara? He will help you [with] the housing."
doc Postcard from Issei man to wife (May 23, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-91)
Excerpt: "Acknowledge your loving letter today. Happy to know you are well and met many friends at Area D."
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (June 1, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-98)
Excerpt: "How are you? Am well and put my things in order. i am all right but awfully anxious about you."
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (January 26, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-51)
Excerpt: "Received teleglam [telegram], wish you better after tonsils took out."
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (April 20, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-77)
Excerpt: "I don't know how long I stay here but let you know as soon as I find to move or home. Might be we meet near future, unquestionable."
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (October 7, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-139)
Excerpt: "How is the small fish which you brought home with water? Roy changing the water every day, alive yet? Ten months today."
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (November 16, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-151)
Excerpt: "I love to know that your [you] are enjoying good health in spite of cold such the snow or hailing there."
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (August 4, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-122)
Excerpt: "Delighted to know you are well, keep jolly. Unless you keep up a strong heart you will fall ill."
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (March 5, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-65)
Excerpt: "I worry 2 things, you working too much under poor situation of restaurant and business finance!"