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Drum and bugle corps (ddr-densho-37-432)
img Drum and bugle corps (ddr-densho-37-432)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. A drum and bugle corp, formerly a boy scout unit in Los Angeles, performs at the dedication of the new hospital at Topaz.
Football game flag ceremony (ddr-densho-37-433)
img Football game flag ceremony (ddr-densho-37-433)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Presentation of colors before start of football game between Topaz High School and Millard County High School of Fillmore at Topaz Relocation Center.
Japanese American auto mechanic (ddr-densho-37-557)
img Japanese American auto mechanic (ddr-densho-37-557)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. A young resident at the Topaz Relocation Center adjusting a carburetor on a well worn War Relocation Authority truck.
Japanese Americans clearing land (ddr-densho-37-567)
img Japanese Americans clearing land (ddr-densho-37-567)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Volunteer workers clearing sagebrush and wild guayule from a section of the lands of the Topaz Relocation Center to be used for truck gardening and animal foreage acreage.
Construction of barracks (ddr-densho-37-563)
img Construction of barracks (ddr-densho-37-563)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Young volunteer workers of Japanese parentage haul lumber for the construction of barracks and interiors at he Topaz Relocation Center.
Dedication of camp hospital (ddr-densho-37-561)
img Dedication of camp hospital (ddr-densho-37-561)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. A young doctor of Japanese parentage, addresses the gathered crowd at dedication ceremonies for the new hospital at the Topaz Relocation Center.
Camp Boy Scouts receiving badges (ddr-densho-37-554)
img Camp Boy Scouts receiving badges (ddr-densho-37-554)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Boy Scouts hold court of Honor at Central Utah Relocation Center at Topaz. Deputy Director, James F. Hughes, presents merit badges to first class scouts.
Construction of an irrigation gate (ddr-densho-37-566)
img Construction of an irrigation gate (ddr-densho-37-566)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Vocational training class in farm construction gets some real action at the Topaz Relocation Center. Picture shows them getting practical class work in construction of irrigation gate.
Drum and bugle corps (ddr-densho-37-565)
img Drum and bugle corps (ddr-densho-37-565)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. A section of the drum and the bugle corps, a former boy scout unit, performs at the dedication of the hospital at the Topaz Relocation center.
Japanese Americans working on camp water mains (ddr-densho-37-556)
img Japanese Americans working on camp water mains (ddr-densho-37-556)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Young volunteer workers, residents at the Topaz Relocation Center, completing the water mains.
Japanese American workers loading scrap lumber (ddr-densho-37-555)
img Japanese American workers loading scrap lumber (ddr-densho-37-555)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. A group of volunteer workers at the Topaz Relocation Center gathering a truck load of scrap lumber from the contractor's scrap pile.
Dedication ceremony (ddr-densho-37-564)
img Dedication ceremony (ddr-densho-37-564)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. With a fervent prayer, this Japanese Topaz resident, a Christian Minister, opens the dedication ceremonies at the Relocation Center at Topaz.
Nursery school (ddr-densho-37-560)
img Nursery school (ddr-densho-37-560)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Central Utah Relocation Center. Nursery school.
Japanese American soldiers on furlough (ddr-densho-37-568)
img Japanese American soldiers on furlough (ddr-densho-37-568)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Back from the fighting front on furloughs to visit their families at Topaz Relocation Center are left to right: Ben Moriwaki, and Fred Tamakassubo. These fighting men saw real action during occupied Attu under heavy fire.
Japanese Americans relocating to a different camp (ddr-densho-37-289)
img Japanese Americans relocating to a different camp (ddr-densho-37-289)
Original WRA caption: "Easier than going through the door loading hand baggage for departure." The Japanese Americans shown in this photograph are presumably bound for the Tule Lake concentration camp.
Japanese American knitting (ddr-densho-37-562)
img Japanese American knitting (ddr-densho-37-562)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Knitting warm woolen clothing for her children against the coming winter, this Japanese mother, at the Topaz Relocation Center, takes advantage of the warm Utah sun.

Narrator Norman I. Hirose

Nisei male. Born June 22, 1926, in Oakland, California. Grew up in Oakland and Berkeley, California. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed with family to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Signed "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" in 1943 because of mother's wish to have the family move to Japan. …

Narrator Minoru Kiyota

Kibei male, born October 12, 1923, in Seattle, Washington. Raised primarily in San Francisco, California, spending four years in Hiratsuka, Japan. Was incarcerated with his family at Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Refused to sign the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," and as a consequence was moved to Tule Lake Segregation Center, California. In Tule, he renounced his U.S. …
Jun Dairiki Interview (ddr-densho-1021-6)
vh Jun Dairiki Interview (ddr-densho-1021-6)
Jun Dairiki was born in San Francisco in 1934 and was seven years old when the Japanese army attacked Pearl Harbor. Her family was sent to a detention center in Tanforan, then to the camp in Topaz, Utah. Dairiki remembers how her mother told her that, now that she was in camp, she was free of …
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