Oral History - OH0015, Vic Takemoto, 1:55 (Describes feelings while leaving home)
(Exclusion and Internment — Evacuation)

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We had to get up pretty early. I think the army trucks came by, oh, about seven–thirty, eight o'clock in the morning and picked us up. And in our case, it was... they just picked up our family and took us down to the ferry. But most everyone was already there when we got there so they must have had a lot of army trucks to round everyone up. And looked like everything was going pretty smoothly, no riots or anything. We did have some of our, our friends were down there to send us off. Some were in Seattle, they were on the overpass over Western Avenue. There was a few families that had friends up above. While we were boarding the train, they would be waving to us.

We figured, I think most of us figured that this is... hopefully that it was just temporary, that it wouldn't be too long before we'd be back on Bainbridge Island again. So, I think that the feeling wasn't too bad, I don't think. I... well, it's natural, everybody was disappointed that they were taken out of, taken from their homes, but at least I felt that it was something that we just had to bear for a while.

About the Narrator
210-G-B101 - Vic Takemoto
Victor Takemoto was 15 years old and in the ninth grade when he and his family were evacuated. He is the oldest of six siblings, five boys and one girl. The Takemoto family stayed in Manzanar during the entire war and was the first family to return to Bainbridge Island after the war. Video Interview — October, 2007

(PHOTO - Manzanar. April 1942. Lined up to receive inoculations on first day at camp. National Archives)

To see this interview in its entirety, go to the Densho website archives. You will have to register to be allowed access to their archives. Once in the archive, visit the Visual History Collections: Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community Collection.
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