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Documentary focuses of WWII Japanese – American internment camps in New Mexico — War History Online

My father’s family were interned at Poston Arizona, after being detained at the Santa Anita Racetrack.  My grandfather was arrested first, leaving his wife and two young sons to take whatever they could with them from their farm in Porterville to their internment.

Grandfather was taken to another camp with many other supposed ringleaders of the Japanese in California.  His crime: sending money back to his family before the war.

We don’t know which camp grandfather was taken to.  I think it was Tule Lake in California, but it could be these camps in New Mexico.  He eventually rejoined his family in Poston, but didn’t speak about his time of separation.  He died before I was born.

Granddad was a guy who boarded a freight ship to head off to America – a stowaway.  He ended up becoming a ranch hand in Arizona before heading back to Japan to marry my grandma.  He was a real pioneer, an adventurer.  Had a farm in Terra Bella before moving to Porterville.

I wish I knew more about him, but I am sure that the first camp he spent time in was not a picnic.  Neither was Poston.

This should not have happened then.  It should never happen again.

Documentary focuses of WWII Japanese – American internment camps in New Mexico — War History Online.

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