Title: Civilian Exclusion Order No. 79, (denshopd-p25-00045)
Densho ID: denshopd-p25-00045

Western Defense Command
and Fourth Army

Presidio of San Francisco, California
May 15, 1942

Civilian Exclusion Order No. 79

1. Pursuant to the provisions of Public Proclamations Nos. 1 and 2, this Headquarters, dated March 2, 1942, and March 16, 1942, respectively, it is hereby ordered that from and after 12 o'clock noon, P.W.T., of Friday, May 22, 1942, all persons of Japanese ancestry, both alien and non-alien, be excluded from that portion of Military Area No. 1 described as follows:

All that portion of the County of King, State of Washington, within that boundary beginning at a point about midway between the Cities of Tacoma and Seattle (east of Des Moines) at which U.S. Highway No. 99 intersects Washington State Highway No. 5A; thence easterly along said Highway No. 5A to Green River; thence easterly and following Green River to the King-Kittitas County line; thence southerly and following the King-Kittitas County line to the King-Pierce County line; thence westerly and following the King-Pierce County line to U.S. Highway No. 99; thence northerly along U.S. Highway No. 99 to the point of beginning.

2. A responsible member of each family, and each individual living alone, in the above described area will report between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Saturday, May 16, 1942, or during the same hours on Sunday, May 17, 1942, to the Civil Control Station located at:

Auburn High School Gymnasium,
711 East Main Street,
Auburn, Washington.

3. Any person subject to this order who fails to comply with any of its provisions or with the provisions of published instructions pertaining hereto or who is found in the above area after 12 o'clock noon, P.W.T., of Friday, May 22, 1942, will be liable to the criminal penalties provided by Public Law No. 503, 77th Congress, approved March 21, 1942, entitled "An Act to Provide a Penalty for Violation of Restrictions or Orders with Respect to Persons Entering, Remaining in, Leaving or Committing any Act in Military Areas or Zones," and alien Japanese will be subject to immediate apprehension and internment.

4. All persons within the bounds of an established Assembly Center pursuant to instructions from this Headquarters are excepted from the provisions of this order while those persons are in such Assembly Center.

Lieutenant General, U.S. Army