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Heart Mountain Photos from Michihiko Wada

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Mr. Michihiko "Mike" and Honey Wada's family album. Permission from cousins Kevin, Michi, and Gary Wada After graduating high school in Hiroshima-ken, Japan, Michihiko Wada came to the US with his mother (Kuni), sister (Midori) and younger brother (Yasushi) under the sponsorship of the American Baptist Home Missions to join his father, Rev. Masahiko Wada and older sister Mutsu Wada Homma.   He attended University of Redlands and taught Sunday School at Gardena Valley Baptist Church.  After college, he went to New York with the "Okura 7" to find work as an engineer.  In New York, he continued his education at NY University. Michihiko Wada returned to Pomona, CA from New York after his parents were arrested.  Younger sister Midori had called her brothers, Mike and Yasushi, to notify them that when she came home from Pomona City College and found out that her parents were arrested on March 13, 1942. He was given Power of Attorney over the Wada family assets after his parents were arrested by the FBI.  American Baptist Home Missionaries were able to find out where their father, Rev. Wada, was being held. Mike, Midori, and Yasushi were able to visit their father, Rev. Wada, at the INS Tuna Canyon Detention Center before the government transferred him to Satna Fe and Lordsburg, New Mexico.  Mrs. Kuni Wada was arrested and taken to Terminal Island women's INS Detention and then transferred to Seagoville DOJ Women's prison in Texas in August 1942. This was the last time seeing their parents until they were reunited at Amache, CO in 1944. Mike Wada would also drive the Imamoto sisters to visit their father at the INS Tuna Canyon Jail and mother at the Terminal Island women's prison from the Garden Grove area. The Pomona Baptist church members stored the family belongings at the First Baptist Church of Pomona for the duration of the war.   They would ship some of their household goods to the family in Amache then to Seattle after the war where the Wada family resettled. When relocation time came, Mike was taken to Pomona Assembly Center then to Heart Mountain Internment Camp in WY.  At Pomona Assembly Center, he saw his brother-in-law's relatives, Yorozu and Shigee Homma. At Heart Mountain, Uncle Mike worked in the warehouse.  Mike was an avid photographer learning photography from Dr. Kyushiro Homma before he left for New York.  The photo collection includes the family stories of Mike taking the warehouse truck full of internees to go fishing at a nearby lake.   After Dr. Homma (Mustsu's husband) became ill, the American Baptist help get Mike transferred to Amache where he was a silk screen artist and X-ray technician.  After his release from Amache in Oct 1945, Mike returned to New York and worked for Mitsubishi North America.

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Aerial view of Heart Mountian Internment Camp

1943 view of Heart Mountian Internment Camp from the photo album of Michihiko "Mike" Wada.
Mike Wada has over 150 Heart Mountian Camp photos in his personal album.  He was an avid photographer.

Heart Mountain Internment Camp Album
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Heart Mountain peak in the background


The center opened on August 11, 1942 when internees began arriving by train from the Pomona, California, Santa Anita, California, and Portland, Oregon assembly centers. By January 1, 1943, the camp reached its maximum population of 10,767 internees. This made the ...

Heart Mountain opened in Aug 1942
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Muddy dirt roads

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Muddy dirt roads
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Heart Mountain Landscape

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Heart Mountain Landscape
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Heart Mountain welcome

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Heart Mountain welcome
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Heart Mountain Welcoming

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Heart Mountain Welcoming

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Heart Mountain Internment Camp

Heart Mountain Butte in the background

Heart Mountain Internment Camp Album
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Camp View from outside the barbed wire


Workers enclosed 740 acres of arid buffalo grass and sagebrush with a high barbed wire fence and nine guard towers.

Heart Mountain Internment Camp Album
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Michihiko Mike Wada

Michihiko Mike Wada, the eldest son of Rev. Masahiko and Kuni Wada. Mike went to Heart Mountain from Pomona Assembly Center, CA.
circa 1943.

Michihiko Mike Wada's Heart Mountain Internment Camp Album
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Around Heart Mountain

Walking around Heart Mountain

Heart Mountain Internment Camp Album
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Around Heart Mountain 2

Friends walking around Heart Mountain Internment Camp. circa 1943

Heart Mountain Internment Camp Album
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B 14 - 27 Mess Hall Workers

Heart Mountian Internment Camp B 14 - 27 Mess Hall Workers
July 29, 1943

Heart Mountain Internment Camp Album
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B 14 - 27 Mess Hall Workers 2

B 14 - 27 Mess Hall Workers

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B 14 - 27 Mess Hall Workers

Mess Hall Workers 4th photo

Heart Mountain Internment Camp Album
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B 14 - 27 Mess Hall Workers #5

B 14 - 27 Mess Hall Workers #5

B 14 - 27 Mess Hall Workers #5
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Behind Heart Mountain barb wire

Behind Heart Mountain barb wire. Friends of Michihiko "Mike" Wada.
Circa 1943.

LtoR: a friend from Pomona Assembly Center, Yone Higashi, unknown

Heart Mountain Internment Camp Album
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Entertainment at Heart Mountain

Evening play at Heart Mountain

Play at Heart Mountain
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Gardening at Heart Mountain Internment Camp

Gardening at Heart Mountain Internment Camp
Person identified as Masaaki Watanabe

circa 1943.

Heart Mountain Internment Camp Album
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Moving dirt at Heart Mountain

A young man using a wheel barrel to move dirt at Heart Mountain while another one takes a break

Heart Mountain Internment Camp Album
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Golf at Heart Mountain

Golf at Heart Mountain
unknown internee

Heart Mountain Internment Camp Album
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Heart Mountain boys

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Heart Mountain boys
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Hally Minoura 7-15-43

Halley Minoura on 7-15-43 at Heart Mountain

Hally M.
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Friends of Mike Wada

Heart Mountain Internment Camp

Friends of Mike Wada
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Outside building 23
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Outside building 23

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Winter time at Heart Mountain

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Heart Mountain 5
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Heart Mountain 8

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Heart Mountain 8
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Heart Mountain friends

Heart Mountain friends along the barbed wire fencing

Heart Mountain Internment Camp Album
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Heart Mountain Friends

Mickie Ishide, Yone Higashi, Vicki Tanabara, Kimi Tanaka, Molly Ota, May Deguchi
circa 1943.

Heart Mountain friends
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Heart Mountain friends

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Heart Mountain friends 6
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Heart Mountain friends 22

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Heart Mountain friends 22
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Heart Mountain friends 26

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Heart Mountain friends 26
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Winter at Heart Mountian

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Winter at Heart Mountian
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Heart Mountain friends #21

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Heart Mountain women

Left to Right: May Kanemoto, Mickie Ishide, Yone Higashi

Heart Mountain Girls
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Hiking outside of Heart Mountain internment camp

Hiking outside of Heart Mountain internment camp

Hiking outside of Heart Mountain internment camp
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JoAnn

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JoAnn at Heart Mountain
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JoAnn Graduation

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JoAnn Graduation
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JoAnn right

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Judo at Heart Mountain Internment Camp

Judo at Heart Mountain Internment Camp, circa 1943

Judo at Heart Mountain Internment Camp
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Kaye at Heart Mountain Internment Camp

Kaye at Heart Mountain Internment Camp

Kaye at Heart Mountain Internment Camp
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Music inside Heart Mountain

Music in Heart Mountain

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Music inside Heart Mountain

Music in Heart Mountain 3rd photo

Music inside Heart Mountain
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Music inside Heart Mountain

Music in Heart Mountain 4

Music inside Heart Mountain
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Winter in Heart Mountain internment camp

Winter in Heart Mountain internment camp. Yone Watanabe with Heart Mountain peak in the background.

Winter in Heart Mountain internment camp
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Heart Mountain Fishermen 1943

Heart Mountain Internees fishing at Lake Sylvan, is just inside the east entrance of Yellowstone Park. Circa 1943. Internees unknown

Heart Mountain Fishermen 1943
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Heart Mountain Warehouse Internees taking a break at Lake Sylvan

Heart Mountain Warehouse Internees taking a break at Lake Sylvan, WY. Lake Sylvan is just inside the east entrance of Yellowstone Park. Circa 1943. Heart Mountain warehouse trucks in the photo.

Heart Mountain Warehouse Internees taking a break at Lake Sylvan
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Miyo Suzuki outside her barracks

Miyo Suzuki outside her Heart Mountain barracks

Miyo Suzuki outside her barracks
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Miyoko Suzuki

Miyo Suzuki eating ice cream.  Miyoko Suzuki came to Heart Mountain from Pomona Assembly Center


Miyo Suzuki eating ice cream
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Tami Tahishi

Tami Tahishi at Heart Mountain 1943

Tami Takishi
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Yone Higashi

Yoneko Higashi leaving for New York - Mar 27, 44

Yone Higashi leaving for New York - Mar 27, 44
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Yoneko Higashi

Yoneko Higashi from LA and Pomona Assembly Center

Yone Higashi
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Yone Higashi 4

Yoneko Higashi from LA and Pomona Assembly Center

Yone Higashi
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Mike Wada smoking

Mike Wada smoking a pipe and standing to the right of Yone Higashi (standing)

Mike Wada and friends at Heart Mountain
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Mike Wada worked in the warehouse

Mike (left) worked in the warehouse

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Michihiko "Mike" Wada (right)

Michihiko "Mike" Wada holding a friends baby

Michihiko "Mike" Wada (right)
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Mike Wada and John Nakamura

Outside of Block 17

Mike Wada and John Nakamura
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Mike Wada standing right

At Heart Mountain Internment Camp

Mike Wada right
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John and Kimi Nakamura

Friends of Mike Wada

John and Kimi Nakamura
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Album Type

online exhibition

mhomma — Atualizado em Fev 21 2019 4:04 p.m.


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