This is the full text of Gen. John L. DeWitts first order to force the Japanese citizens and aliens alike out of San Francisco. A map of the zone designated for evacuation by Gen. DeWitt was published in the San Francisco News April 2, 1942. The newspaper said those evacuated from San Francisco would be sent to a remote place known as Manzanar.
WESTERN DEFENSE COMMAND AND FOURTH
WARTIME CIVIL CONTROL
Presidio of San Francisco, California
April 1, 1942
TO ALL PERSONS OF
Living in the Following Area:
All that portion of the City and County
of San Francisco, lying generally west of the of the north-south line
established by Junipero Serra Boulevard, Worchester Avenue, and Nineteenth
Avenue, and lying generally north of the east-west line established
by California Street, to the intersection of Market Street, and thence
on Market Street to San Francisco Bay.
All Japanese persons, both alien and
non-alien, will be evacuated from the above designated area by 12:00 oclock
noon Tuesday, April 7, 1942.
No Japanese person will be permitted
to enter or leave the above described area after 8:00 a.m., Thursday, April
2, 1942, without obtaining special permission from the Provost Marshal
at the Civil Control Station located at:
1701 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, California
The Civil Control Station is equipped
to assist the Japanese population affected by this evacuation in the following
1. Give advise and instructions on the
The Following Instructions Must Be Observed:
2. Provide services with respect to
the management, leasing, sale, storage or other disposition of most kinds
of property including real estate, business and professional equipment,
household goods, boats, automobiles, livestock, etc.
3. Provide temporary residence elsewhere
for all Japanese in family groups.
4. Transport persons and a limited amount
of clothing and equipment to their new residence as specified below.
1. A responsible member of each family,
preferably the head of the family, or the person in whose name most of
the property is held, and each individual living alone must report to the
Civil Control Station to receive further instructions. This must be done
between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 2, 1942, or between 8:00
a.m. and 5 p.m., Friday, April 3, 1942.
2. Evacuees must carry with them on
departure for the Reception Center, the following property:
a. Bedding and linens (no mattress)
for each member of the family.
All items carried will be securely packaged,
tied and plainly marked with the name of the owner and numbered in accordance
with instructions received at the Civil Control Station.
b. Toilet articles for each member of the family.
c. Extra clothing for each member of the family.
d. Sufficient knives, forks, spoons, plates, bowls and cups for each member
of the family.
e. Essential personal effects for each member of the family.
The size and number of packages is limited
to that which can be carried by the individual or family group.
No contraband items as described in
paragraph 6, Public Proclamation No. 3, Headquarters Western Defense Command
and Fourth Army, dated March 24, 1942, will be carried.
3. The United States Government through
its agencies will provide for the storage at the sole risk of the owner
of the more substantial household items, such as iceboxes, washing machines,
pianos and other heavy furniture. Cooking utensils and other small items
will be accepted if crated, packed and plainly marked with the name and
address of the owner. Only one name and address will be used by a given
4. Each family, and individual living
alone, will be furnished transportation to the Reception Center. Private
means of transportation will not be utilized. All instructions pertaining
to the movement will be obtained at the Civil Control Station.
Go to the Civil Control Station at 1701
Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00
p.m., Thursday, April 2, 1942, or between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Friday,
April 3, 1942, to receive further instructions.
J. L. DeWITT
Lieutenant General, U. S. Army
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