Exclusion and Internment - Evacuation

_TIM3905 - Soldiers and Mr. and Mrs. Moji on Day of Forced Removal On the morning of March 30, 1942, army trucks appeared at Island Nikkei homes to transport families to the Eagledale ferry dock where the Kehloken waited to take them to Seattle. Bainbridge High School allowed students to miss school to say "good–bye" to their friends; many younger students played "hooky" to see their friends off. Earl Hanson, a 1941 graduate, told one of the soldiers, "You're taking away some of our best friends. "Adults, as well as young people, came to wish their departing neighbors well. A frightened, well–behaved group of Americans, allowed to take only what they could carry, waited to begin a journey without knowing where they were going, nor how long they would be gone. In Seattle they would board a train. With curtains drawn, they rode through the night. On April 1, they transferred from the train to buses and traveled through the California desert. After a few hours, Kay Nakao looked out the window and saw a desolate piece of land with tarpaper–covered buildings. She told a woman sitting next to her, "I would hate to have to live there." Her heart sank when the buses turned into this compound that was the Manzanar Assembly Center (later the Manzanar Relocation Center.) There were a few Japanese bachelors already living there who were completing the construction of the camp. The Bainbridge Islanders were the first families to arrive. For weeks they had no sewer system and the facilities were very crude.

SLIDESHOW A — A collection of artifacts from the day of forced removal
SLIDESHOW B — Images of leaving the island and boarding the train in Seattle

Oral History Clip (OH0005 – Jerry Nakata) 2:20 — Tears in father's eyes
Oral History Clip (OH0008 – Michi Noritake) 4:55 — Leaving home, ferry ride, train ride
Oral History Clip (OH0015 – Vic Takemoto) 1:55 — Describes feelings while leaving home
Oral History Clip (OH0021 – Kay Nakao) 5:49 — Manzanar first days, basic facilities, cleaning house
Oral History Clip (OH0036 – Yae Yoshihara) 1:45 — Saying goodbye, Coleman dock, train, bus
Oral History Clip (OH0049 – Hisa Matsudaira) 5:14 — A young child's view of evacuation
Oral History Clip (OH0064 – Matsue Watanabe) 4:45 — Leaving on ferry followed by train ride
Oral History Clip (OH0070 – Earl Hanson) 2:29 — Leaves work to say goodbye
Oral History Clip (OH0088 – Mary Woodward) 3:12 — Friends say goodbye
Oral History Clip (OH0089 – Mary Woodward) 4:24 — BI School District support of their Japanese American students
Oral History Clip (OH0091 – Sada Omoto) 1:26 — Paintings by Sada of four stages of evacuation

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Photo Information:
Soldiers and Mr. and Mrs. Moji on Day of Forced Removal — Left to right: Unknown soldier, Ume and Yosuke Moji, unknown soldier. March 30, 1942. Bainbridge Island, WA. Seattle PI Photo N339. Library of Congress

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