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

Full Text Newspaper ArticleSanta Cruz Sentinel-News. Jan. 1, 1942. p. 7


A general attitude of hopeful waiting is on display among members of the wharf colony - fishermen, boat owners, and wharf workmen.

Wartime restrictions have been imposed upon waterfront activities, bringing business almost to a standstill.

As one prominent waterfront character said: "I won't make any profit, but I guarantee I'll make a living. I want to be able to hang on until the war is over. The sooner we win the war, the better for us fellows."


The local wharf has produced many recruits for the U.S. Navy from among the younger commercial fishermen. Al Thevenin, Al Zolezzi, Victor Ghio and numerous others from the wharf are serving in the United States navy. Some have already seen action.

Malio Stagnaro, who established a local naval national guard unit over a year ago, was commended by recruiting officers of the navy recently for his efforts in obtaining recruits for M-2 class in Santa Cruz.

Captain W. K. Kilpatrick commented on Stagnaro's activities:

"This office has been informed by officers of the naval reserve recruiting mission of the excellent co-operation rendered by you in obtaining recruits for the M-2 class in Santa Cruz. Such assistance is highly valuable to the U. S. Navy and is to be commended at this time of national emergency. The commandant, Rear Admiral J. W. Greenslade, has requested that I express this appreciation."

In the face of this, it may seem ironical that the local wharf should be hardest hit by military control. "The loss of business is easily made up for by the added protection. We are co-operating 100 per cent with the idea of seeing this thing through to a victorious finish." Thus a spokesman of the local Italian-American colony expresses the sentiments of his fellows.

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