Chiefly Japanese, Moved to Sharp Park Camp
to Ease Immigration Station
New Internment Center Strongly
Guarded; Potentially Dangerous Group to be
Moved Inland as Soon as Camps
are Opened Up
Within sight of old Salada
Beach, where many of them used to spend Sundays fishing, taking snapshots
(and possibly making notes of reefs, currents and landmarks for the Japanese
Navy), scores of alien Japanese today were housed in an internment camp
at Sharp Park. They formed the majority of a group of 193 aliensall rounded
up as potentially dangerousmoved under heavy guard from the Silver-av
Immigration Station. As fast as other internment camps can be completed
in the Midwestern states, the aliens will be moved again.
Formerly an [one word missing]
shelter, the Sharp Park camp, located in a canyon back of the Sharp Park
Golf Course, is surrounded by a strong wire fence, topped with barbed wire.
The internment area is floodlighted and patrolled by Border Patrol members.
With the addition of more bunks to the barracks it may handle up to 600
More Room Needed
Opening of the camp was
made necessary by overcrowding of the Immigration Station into which the
FBI has been pouring a steady stream of Japanese, Germans, and Italians
known, or suspected to be, members of secret groups and to have possessed
weapons, explosives, signal lights, short wave receiving sets and other
Such articles, and others,
also will become contraband if found after midnight tonight in the possession
of American-born Japanese, all of whom now are under orders not to leave
the areas in which they live until ordered to do so by the Army. And those
orders already are being issued.
At Los Angeles today, the
Army moved to protect the harbor area against sabotage by ordering the
evacuation of nearly 3000 Japanese aliens and their American-born children.
It was the second evacuation
ordered by the Western Defense Command since it was given control of enemy
aliens in the Pacific Coast states by order of President Roosevelt.
The first covered 237 Japanese
residents of Bainbridge Island, in Puget Sound not far from the Bremerton
Navy Yard, who were removed by special train yesterday to the reception
center at Manzanar, in the Owens Valley.
A proclamation issued last
night by Lieut. Gen. John L. DeWitt of the Western Defense Command ordered
Japanese aliens and citizens moved to an assembly center at the Santa Anita
race track next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at the rate of 1000 a day.
Included in the prohibited
area are the cities of Long Beach, San Pedro, Wilmington, Redondo Beach,
Torrance, Signal Hill and Hynesroughly all the that territory lying south
of Artesia-blvd between the Pacific Ocean and the Los Angeles-Orange County
Within it are the vital
waterfronts of Los Angeles-Long Beach Harbor with their shipyards and naval
installations; the fabulous Signal Hill and other smaller oil fields; the
steel center of Torrance; innumerable manufacturing and assembly plants;
the new Douglas Aircraft factory at Long Beach.
The affected Japanese are
principally farmers, but their small truck gardens almost invariably adjoin
Another group of 2000 Japanese
leaves Los Angeles Little Tokio tomorrow and Thursday for
the Manzanar reception center. They are members of the families of Japanese
who earlier had gone voluntarily to assist in organizing the camp in Owens
The Bainbridge Island residents
departed under Army escort with many a backward glance. The bulk of them
are American citizens, and for many it was the first time they had left
the island. The children thought it comparable with a picnic but some of
the elders shed tears.
and tagged, the group was shepherded aboard a ferry and placed on a special
train at Seattle. Up to the last minute they had labored in the fields
to harvest the pea and strawberry crops.
They took only their essential
household goods and left behind in the community hall a 50-gallon barrel
of strawberry jam and 68 wrestling mats owned by the Japanese Association.
The San Francisco News
March 31, 1942
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