Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community

Saying goodbye, Coleman dock, train, bus – Yae Yoshihara (OH0036)


When we were picked up on that March 30th, then, of course we went to the Eagledale dock. There was about an hour or so. Many people came to say goodbye — especially the older ones who could drive — to say goodbye to their classmates. There was a lot of hugs and tears. At eleven o’clock we boarded the ferry. When we got to Coleman dock, they marched us off. I could see on that overhead, overpass by Coleman dock, they were loaded with people who was watching what was going on.

Then we, of course, had to board the train. It took us… it was basically three days and two nights on that train as we headed south. I guess there was a time where they pulled the shades so we wouldn’t see. But actually, I don’t remember that much because we were looking out the window and seeing the places that we were going to. So it was on April Fool’s Day in the morning, and we reached Mojave, the town of Mojave.

That’s where our train ride ended and we were herded onto buses. It took almost four hours to get to Manzanar. It was a hot dry winding road. Because we reached Manzanar a little bit after twelve o’clock, at noon.

Video Interview — December 2006

Yae Yoshihara

Yaeko Sakai Yoshihara was 12 years old and in the 7th grade when she was evacuated. She was the youngest of six children. Her family had a strawberry farm before the war. When Yae was in camp she was part of a group of young seventh grade girls who played together nick–named the "7-Ups."