The Asian American Literary Review
Instructions to All Persons of Muslim Ancestry

By Tyrone Nagai

13 Feb 2011

WESTERN DEFENSE COMMAND AND FOURTH ARMY
WARTIME CIVIL CONTROL ADMINISTRATION
Presidio of San Francisco, California
May 16, 2012

INSTRUCTIONS
TO ALL PERSONS OF
MUSLIM
ANCESTRY
Living in the Following Area:

All that portion of the County of King, State of Washington, within that boundary beginning at a point about midway between
the Cities of Tacoma and Seattle (east of Des Moines) at which U. S. Highway 99 intersects Washington State Highway
No. 5A; thence easterly along said Highway No. 5A to Green River; thence easterly and following Green River to the King-
Kittitas County line; thence southerly and following the King-Kittitas County line to the King-Pierce Country line; thence
Westerly and following the King-Pierce County line to U. S. Highway No. 99; thence northerly along U. S. Highway No. 99
to the point of beginning.

Pursuant to the provisions of Civilian Exclusion Order No. 79, this Headquarters, dated May 16, 2012, all persons of Muslim ancestry, both alien and non-alien, will be evacuated from the above area by 12 o’clock noon, P.W.T., Wednesday, May 23, 2012.

No Muslim person will be permitted to move into, or out of, the above area after 12 o’clock noon. P.W. T., Friday, May 18, 2012, without obtaining special permission from the representative of the Commanding General, Northwestern Sector, at the Civil Control Station located at:

Auburn High School Gymnasium,
701 East Main Street,
Auburn, Washington

Such permits will only be granted for the purpose of uniting members of a family, or in cases of grave emergency.

The Civil Control Station is equipped to assist the Muslim population affected by this evacuation in the fol-
lowing ways:
1. Give advice and instructions on the evacuation.
2. Provide services with respect to the management, leasing, sale, storage or other disposition of most kinds
of property, such as real estate, business and professional equipment, household goods, boats, automobiles and
livestock.
3. Provide Temporary residence elsewhere for all Muslim in family groups.
4. Transport persons and a limited amount of clothing and equipment to their new residence.

The Following Instructions Must Be Observed:

1. A responsible member of each family, preferably the head of the family, or the person in whose name most of
the property is held, and each individual living alone, will report to the Civil Control Station to receive further
instructions. This must be done between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 19, 2012 or between 8:00 A.M.
and 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 20, 2012.
2. Evacuees must carry with them on departure for the Assembly Center, the following property:
(a) Bedding and linens (no mattress) for each member of the family;
(b) Toilet articles for each member of the family;
(c) Extra clothing for each member of the family;
(d) Essential personal effects 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 obtained at the Civil Control Station. The size and number of packages is lim-
ited to that which can be carried by the individual or family group.
3. No pets of any kind will be permitted.
4. No personal items and no household goods will be shipped to the Assembly Center.
5. The United States Government through its agencies will provide for the storage, at the sole risk of the owner, of the
more substantial household items, such as iceboxes, washing machines, pianos and other heavy furniture. Cooking
utensils and other small items will be accepted for storage if 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.
6. Each family, and individual living alone, will be furnished transportation to the Assembly Center. Private means of
transportation will not be utilized. All instructions pertaining to the movement will be obtained at the Civil Control
Station.

Go to the Civil Control Station between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Saturday, May 19, 2012 or between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Sunday, May 20, 2012, to receive further instructions.

J. J. DeWITT
Lieutenant General, U. S. Army
Commanding

SEE CIVILIAN EXCLUSION ORDER NO. 79

 

 

WESTERN DEFENSE COMMAND AND FOURTH ARMY
WARTIME CIVIL CONTROL ADMINISTRATION
Presidio of San Francisco, California
May 15, 1942

INSTRUCTIONS
TO ALL PERSONS OF
JAPANESE
ANCESTRY
Living in the Following Area:

All that portion of the County of King, State of Washington, within that boundary beginning at a point about midway between the Cities of Tacoma and Seattle (east of Des Moines) at which U. S. Highway 99 intersects Washington State Highway No. 5A; thence easterly along said Highway No. 5A to Green River; thence easterly and following Green River to the King-Kittitas County line; thence southerly and following the King-Kittitas County line to the King-Pierce Country line; thence Westerly and following the King-Pierce County line to U. S. Highway No. 99; thence northerly along U. S. Highway No. 99 to the point of beginning.

Pursuant to the provisions of Civilian Exclusion Order No. 79, this Headquarters, dated May 15, 1942, all persons of Japanese ancestry, both alien and non-alien, will be evacuated from the above area by 12 o’clock noon, P.W.T., Wednesday, May 22, 1942.
No Japanese person will be permitted to move into, or out of, the above area after 12 o’clock noon. P.W. T., Friday, May 15, 1942, without obtaining special permission from the representative of the Commanding General, Northwestern Sector, at the Civil Control Station located at:

Auburn High School Gymnasium,
701 East Main Street,
Auburn, Washington

Such permits will only be granted for the purpose of uniting members of a family, or in cases of grave emergency.

The Civil Control Station is equipped to assist the Japanese population affected by this evacuation in the fol-
lowing ways:
1. Give advice and instructions on the evacuation.
2. Provide services with respect to the management, leasing, sale, storage or other disposition of most kinds of property, such as real estate, business and professional equipment, household goods, boats, automobiles and livestock.
3. Provide Temporary residence elsewhere for all Japanese in family groups.
4. Transport persons and a limited amount of clothing and equipment to their new residence.

The Following Instructions Must Be Observed:

1. A responsible member of each family, preferably the head of the family, or the person in whose name most of the property is held, and each individual living alone, will report to the Civil Control Station to receive further instructions. This must be done between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 16, 1942 or between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 16, 1942.
2. Evacuees must carry with them on departure for the Assembly Center, the following property:
(a) Bedding and linens (no mattress) for each member of the family;
(b) Toilet articles for each member of the family;
(c) Extra clothing for each member of the family;
(d) Essential personal effects 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 obtained at the Civil Control Station. The size and number of packages is limited to that which can be carried by the individual or family group.
3. No pets of any kind will be permitted.
4. No personal items and no household goods will be shipped to the Assembly Center.
5. The United States Government through its agencies will provide for the storage, at the sole risk of the owner, of the more substantial household items, such as iceboxes, washing machines, pianos and other heavy furniture. Cooking utensils and other small items will be accepted for storage if 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.
6. Each family, and individual living alone, will be furnished transportation to the Assembly Center. Private means of transportation will not be utilized. All instructions pertaining to the movement will be obtained at the Civil Control Station.

Go to the Civil Control Station between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Saturday, May 16, 1942 or between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Sunday, May 16, 1942, to receive further instructions.

J. J. DeWITT
Lieutenant General, U. S. Army
Commanding

SEE CIVILIAN EXCLUSION ORDER NO. 79

* "Instructions to All Persons of Muslim Ancestry" was first published in The Asian American Literary Review, Issue 2. AALR is a not-for-profit literary arts organization. To learn more about it or purchase a subscription to the journal, visit online at at www.asianamericanliteraryreview.org, or find them on Facebook.

© 2011 Tyrone Nagai

 

Tyrone Nagai

Tyrone Nagai received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University. His work has appeared in Fiction International, The Strip, New Verse News, and Armageddon Buffet.

Updated February 2011

 

1 comments on this post

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