Instructions to All Japanese Living on
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Instructions to All Japanese Living on Bainbridge Island
All Japanese persons, both alien and nonalien, will be evacuated from this
area by twelve noon, Monday, March 30, 1942.
No Japanese person will be permitted to leave or enter Bainbridge Island
after 9:00 a.m., March 24, 1942, without obtaining special permission from
the Civil Control Office established on this island near the ferryboat
landing at the Anderson Dock Store in Winslow.
The Civil Control Office is equipped to assist the Japanese population
affected by this evacuation in the following ways:
- Give advice and instructions on the evacuation.
- Provide services with respect to the management, leasing, sale,
storage, or other dispostion of most kinds of property, including farms,
livestock and farm equipment, boats, tools, household goods, automobiles,
- Provide temporary residence for all Japanese in family groups,
- Transport persons and a limited amount of clothing and equipment to
their new residence, as specified below.
- Give medical examinations and make provision for all invalided
affected by the evacuation order.
- Give special permission to individuals and families who are able to
leave the area and proceed to an approved destination of their own
choosing on or prior to March 29, 1942.
The following instructions must be observed:
Go to the Civil Control Office at the Anderson Dock Store in Winslow
between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on March 25, 1942, to receive further
- A responsible member of each family, preferably the head of the
family, or person in whose name most of the property is held, and each
individual living alone, will report to the Civil Control Office to
receive further instruction. This must be done between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00
p.m., Wednesday, March 25, 1942.
- Before leaving the area all persons will be given a medical
examination. For this purpose all members of the family should be present
at the same time when directed by the Civil Control Office.
- Under special conditions, individuals and families will be
to leave the area prior to the date for complete evacuation indicated
above. In general conditions imposed on voluntary evacuation are as
follows: (a) That the destination be outside of Military Area No. 1,
prescribed by Proclamation No. 1 of the Commanding General, Western
Defense Command and Fourth Army, March 2, 1942; (b) That arrangements have
been made for employment and shelter at the destination.
- Provisions have been made to give temporary residence in a
center elsewhere. Evacuees who do not go to an approved destination of
their own choice, but who go to a reception center under Government
supervision, must carry with them the following property, not exceeding
that which can be carried by the family or individual:
- Blankets and linens for each member of the family;
- Toilet articles for each member of the family;
- Clothing for each member of the family;
- Sufficient knives, forks, spoons, plates, bowls, and cups 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 Office;
- No contraband items may be carried.
- The United States Government through its agencies will provide for
storage at the sole risk of the owner of only the more substantial
household items, such as ice boxes, washing machines, pianos, and other
heavy furniture. Cooking utensils and other small items must be crated,
packed, and plainly marked with the name and address of the owner. Only
one name and address will be used by a given family.
- Each family and individual living alone who goes to a reception
will be furnished transportation and food for the trip. Transportation by
private means will not be permitted. Instructions will be given by the
Civil Control Office as to when evacuees must be fully prepared to travel.
Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Commanding