Learn about the history of Bainbridge Island and how the Japanese American community established itself before the war:
Follow the 276 Bainbridge Islanders of Japanese descent through the events of World War Two:
- Pearl Harbor / US Enters the War – Reactions and how the lives of the Nikkei were changed
- FBI Inspections and Roundups – Land and homes are searched, "contraband" is seized, and many Issei men are imprisoned
- Exclusion Order No. 1 and Preparing to Leave – The six days before Islanders were forced to leave
- Evacuation – March 31 to April 1, 1942
- Manzanar and Minidoka – Life in these concentration camps
- Leaving the Camps During the War – Temporary and extended leave for work, school, military, shopping, trips to town, etc.
- End of War and Returning Home – Many returned to Bainbridge Island, some did not
Bainbridge Island Japanese in the Military
View images and stories of WWII Era veterans.
Walt and Milly Woodward
Learn about the Woodwards, owners of the Bainbridge Review newspaper from 1940 to 1963.
Bainbridge Island Nikkei Since WWII
Learn how the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community has grown and changed since the 1950s.
See terms and definitions that are used throughout this HISTORY section
View data on the group of 276 Bainbridge Island residents of Japanese descent in 1942