Santa Cruz County History - Executive Order 9066 and the Residents of Santa Cruz County


Full Text Newspaper ArticleWatsonville Register-Pajaronian. Feb. 6, 1946. p. 5

WRA OFFICES IN DISTRICT SHUT BY MAY

San Francisco (Special) - . . . [Quoting Charles F. Miller, Supervisor, Northern California area of the War Relocation Authority]:

"All major problems incidental to resettling evacuated people of Japanese ancestry in this area have been solved or are at a stage where they can be turned over to the individual communities. Responsibility for the welfare of its citizens and law-abiding aliens rests with each community. These returning people, moved from their homes by military order early in 1942 and who began their return when the military ban was lifted Jan. 2, 1945, have the same rights and legal status as people of any other ancestry in this country."

Less than 60 per cent of those evacuated from Northern California have returned to the west coast, the others having relocated in other parts of the United States.

Principal problem facing the returnees is the national bugaboo - housing. While a small percentage of the resettlers are still living in temporary quarters such as the South Gate public housing dormitories in San Francisco, it is expected all will be able to find other housing before the district offices close.

All persons of Japanese ancestry who placed their household furnishing and other goods in storage in government operated warehouses must arrange to reclaim them immediately, said Miller. The warehouses will be emptied as quickly as possible and any goods remaining after March 15 will be sold and the proceeds turned over to the U. S. treasury.

More than half of persons of Japanese ancestry, both alien and citizen, who served in the armed forces during World War II came from the continental United States and the majority of them from California, Miller also revealed.

Quoting from an official count made by the war department, Miller said that 11,825 Japanese-Americans were inducted from the mainland as compared with the 10,707 inducted in Hawaii during the period July 1, 1940 through June 30, 1945. Enlisted personnel from Hawaii numbered 10,598 and officers 109 as compared with 11,683 enlisted personnel and 142 officers from the mainland.

"Since the time the count was made," said Miller, "hundreds more of the Nisei have entered the service. During the war the Japanese-Americans served in all theaters. Service was not confined to male persons of Japanese ancestry. Many young women served with the army nurse corps and the WAC. Just the [sic] day 11 girls of Japanese ancestry flew to Japan to become the first WAC members to land there."

Male Japanese-American service personnel have served in Japan for months and others are in training at the army language school at Fort Snelling, Minn., for future service during the occupation of Japan.

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