March Serial No. 2 April 30. Emergency
Defense Council of the Seattle Chapter, Japanese American Citizens'
League. Box 18. Manuscripts and University Archives, UW Libraries.
Headquarters Japanese Exclusion Area A
517 Main Street
March Order No. 2 - April 25, 1942
MARCH SERIAL NO. 2 April 30
MARCH SERIAL NO. 3 Same identical procedure May 1
- Pursuant to the provisions of Civilian Exclusion Orders No. 17 and 18,
Headquarters Western Defense Command and Fourth Army, and further in
accordance with directives pertaining thereto, March Serial No. 2,
consisting of approximately 850 Japanese residing in both excluded areas
will proceed by motor march to the Puyallup Assembly Area.
Families will be kept intact for the movement.
Japanese evacuees may use their own privately-owned motor vehicles for
the movement, with the understanding that such automobiles will be
impounded at the Assembly Center. All private automobiles so used will
first have been registered with the representative of the Federal Reserve
Bank at the Services and Control Station.
Transportation for the balance of March Serial No. 2 will be furnished by
the United States Army.
- Date: April 30, 1942
Time: Head of column will clear Starting Point at 10 a.m.
Starting Point: Junction of Beacon Avenue and Alaska Street at the
southern end of Jackson Park
Route: Junction of Beacon Avenue and Alaska Street south to Columbia Way;
east to Rainier Avenue; south of Rt. 5 via Renton, Kent, Auburn, Sumner,
- Rate of March:
- Privately-owned vehicles: 30 miles an hour. In recovering lost
distance, a maximum of 40 miles an hour will not be exceeded by vehicles
following those in lead.
- Busses: The rate of march of busses will be regulated by the
accompanying military police vehicle.
- Moving vans: Same as busses.
Traffic Regulations: Obey all traffic signs, signals, and local traffic
Formation: Close column. Distance between vehicles not closer in yards
than twice the speedometer speed in miles per hour. Lost distance will be
picked up as indicated above.
- The column of privately-owned motor vehicles will move in march units
of not to exceed 10 vehicles
- Motor busses will move in march units of not to exceed 5 vehicles
- Moving vans, same as busses
- Time interval between march units -- not less than 5 minutes
- Upon registering at Service and Control Stations,
move with March Serial No. 2 will be designated by the United States Army
Liaison Officer. At this time the family head will tell the Army Liaison
Officer whether he desires to travel in his own privately-owned car or by
government transportation. The Army Liaison Officer will then tell the
family head when and where to report with his family and his baggage.
- Privately-owned motor vehicles will be directed to form at the
Point off the road to the right and will close to one foot distance
beginning at 9:30 a.m.
- BAGGAGE PICK-UP AND EMBUSSING POINTS: Busses and moving vans will be
spotted at pick-up points in accordance with the following time schedule
and location designation:
Project No. 25 (northern area)
Pick-up point No. 1: Leading bus spotted at junction of Elliott Avenue
and Virginia Street, facing south on right-hand side of street. Moving
vans in rear. Last vehicle in colunm not further north than Bell Street.
Total number of trucks: ____. Moving vans: ____. Vehicles will be spotted
at 8:15 a.m. and will clear the pick-up point at 9:15 a.m., proceeding via
Second Avenue and Airport Way to rear of column forming on Beacon Avenue.
Pick-up point No. 4: Leading bus spotted at junction of Evanston Avenue
and 45th Street, facing south on right-hand side of street. Moving vans
in rear. Last vehicle in colunm not further north than 30th Street.
Total number of busses: ____. Moving vans: ____. Vehicles will be spotted
at 7:45 a.m. and will clear the pick-up point at 8:45 a.m., proceeding
via the shortest, most practicable route to the column forming on the
Project No. 26 (southern area):
Pick-up point No. 2: Lane Street, leading truck facing east between Eighth
Avenue South and Tenth Avenue South. Number of busses ____. Number of
moving vans ____. Trucks will be spotted at 8:30 a.m. and will clear the
junction of Lane and Tenth South beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Pick-up point No. 3: Spokane Street, leading truck facing west between
19th and 21st Avenues. Number of busses ____. Number of
moving vans ____. Trucks will be spotted at 8:45 a.m. and will clear the
junction of Lane and Tenth South beginning at 9:45 a.m.
A representative of the commercial firm furnishing the transportation is
requested to be present at Area Headquarters, Japanese American Citizens
League, 517 Main Street, not later than 8 a.m. The representative should
be prepared to furnish reserve transportation to accommodate any overflow
of personnel or baggage.
- Evacuees are urged to utilize transportation of friends in coming to
the pick-up point.
- Prohibited parking and traffic control: The Seattle Police are
requested to prohibit parking on the sides of the above-named streets
designated as pick-up points.
- Military control at pick-up points:
1. Project No. 25, pick-up points:
a. Pick-up point No. 1
Officer in charge: Lt. Witschief
b. Pick-up point No. 4
Officer in charge: Lt. Bettridge
2. Project No. 26, pick-up points:
a. Pick-up point No. 2
Officer in charge: Maj. Hlavac
b. Pick-up point No. 3
Officer in charge: Lt. Klode
3. Private transportation march units at starting point
Officer in charge: Capt. Rivisto
- One quarter ton or half ton command car and driver and two military
police will be at each of the above points except at private
At the private transportation forming on the Starting Point, there will be
established a motor pool consisting of eight quarter-ton or half-ton
command cars and all other staff or command cars for officer personnel.
This pool will be spotted off the road by Capt. Rivisto. Dispatching of
military police vehicles to act as convoy escort will be effected by Lt.
- Rations: First meal will be served at Puyallup at about noon or
- Baggage, as specified in instructions to evacuees, will be loaded at
the pick-up points. Information in this regard will be furnished at
registration points. One hour's time has been permitted at each pick-up
point for the purpose of assembling and loading the baggage and for
- There will be no refueling en route.
- Traffic control: See Annex No. 3, strip map. Arrangements will be
made with state, county, and municipal police to regulate traffic through
cities, intersections, and other critical points during the march.
- The Army will furnish a wrecker truck to follow the last march unit.
- March Serial Commander: ______________ _____________________
- Area group and section leaders and monitors among the Japanese will
assist in regulating the march of the various march units to which they
may be assigned or in which they may find themselves.
- Female nurses and medical aid personnel will occupy the last vehicle
in each march unit
By order of the Area Director,
William Y. Mimbu
George Kakehashi, Operations Manager
Paul B. Malone, Jr.
Lt. Col., U.S.A.
27 January 1997