Exclusion and Internment - PearlHarbor/US Enters War
In the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941, Japanese bombers attacked the U.S. Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. There were more than 4500 casualties. The next day, President Franklin Roosevelt declared war on Japan. Bainbridge Islanders, along with all Americans, were stunned–and frightened. There are many military and strategic facilities in Puget Sound and Bainbridge Island sits in the center of Puget Sound. "I think everyone was scared. There was an explosion at the shipyard one night that had us all thinking we were being bombed," said Milly Woodward, local newspaper editor.
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SLIDESHOW — A small collection of wartime memorabilia
Oral History Clip (OH0004 – Jerry Nakata) 1:21 — Golfing, never heard of Pearl Harbor
Oral History Clip (OH0012 – Vic Takemoto) 2:34 — Only thought Isseis would go
Oral History Clip (OH0020 – Kay Nakao) 2:28 — Out with friends riding bike, parents' reaction, curfew
Oral History Clip (OH0027 – Tats Kojima) 1:26 — Treated differently at school
Oral History Clip (OH0030 – Yuki Takahashi) 3:51 — Stuck in Seattle
Oral History Clip (OH0033 – Yae Yoshihara) 2:01 — Reactions back at school
Oral History Clip (OH0081 – Mary Woodward) 2:36 — War Extra printed by the Review newspaper
Oral History Clip (OH0090 – Sada Omoto) 1:22 — Getting Stuck in Seattle without citizenship papers
Handbook, circa 1942–1945 — Winslow Marine Railway and Ship Building Company Handbook, circa 1942–1945. Copyright: Bainbridge Island Historical Society, Bill Weld Collection. Digitally photographed by Fenwick Publishing.