The Japanese Internment of WWII – Their story in pictures – Part III – Transportation

After Pearl Harbor, Japanese-Americans were relocated to internment camps for the duration of WWII. They were considered enemy aliens even though many had lived in America for years.

Photographer Russell Lee took photographs of  their relocation in April and May of 1942 in the pictures below. (See Japanese for additional photographs of this internment.

Reception camps were set up to process and register the relocated Japanese-Americans before finally transporting them to Internment camps.  The Japanese-Americans used all means of transportation to travel to the reception areas.

Waiting for trains to reception area

Japanese-American child headed for reception center

Japanese waiting for train by Russell Lee Japanese waiting for train2

TrainThe evacuation of Japanese-Americans from West coast areas under United States Army war emergency order train Los Angeles, California train Los Angeles, California2 train The evacuation of Japanese-Americans from West coast areas under United States Army war emergency order train The evacuation of Japanese-Americans from West coast areas under United States Army war emergency order3 train The evacuation of Japanese-Americans from West coast areas under United States Army war emergency order4

Japanese waiting for a train which will take them to Owens Valley during evacuation of Japanese-Americans from West coast under United States Army war emergency order

 

 

 

Buses were also utilized as transportationJapanese-Americans boarding bus for reception centerJapanese-Americans transferring from train to bus at Lone Pine, California, bound for war relocation authority center at Manzanar

Others simply drove to the reception centers

Japanese arrive at the Santa Anita reception center4

 

Japanese family arriving at the center2

 

 

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