Joseph Melrose, we don’t measure ourselves against the war crimes committed by other nations, but against our own ideas and our successes and failures in living up to those ideals. Joseph Melrose Yo uh seem to be well-spoken but your comment makes you look dense. Japan incarcerated noncitizen. People from other countries that were in Japan. We incarcerated American citizen many of whom were born here. They gave their allegiance to the US. John Hulburd I lived in Southern Missouri also as a child, and yes, I saw the discrimination. But I didn’t see barb wire fences and armed guards. But I remember the “whites only” signs and going to a white-only school. I didn’t understand that, either. Many Abba 48th anniversary thank you for the memories shirt and segments of west coast society, such as farmers, growers, and shippers, had a vested interest in eliminating competition from Japanese Americans. 150,000 Japanese Americans living in Hawaii, the home of Pearl Harbor, were never removed or restricted because the business community of Hawaii considered them too essential to the functioning of commerce. I would just like to give a shout out to Gallup, New Mexico for being a community that stood up for its Japanese-American members. For communities outside the sensitive coastal “military zone”, this legislation was not mandatory, and local authorities could decide what they wanted to do. In Gallup, the Japanese-American residents were fortunately left alone. The KW medal of honor recipient known as “Hershey” came from Gallup. I have always been proud of the fact that CTA (California Teachers Association) condemned the internment order at the time, and never changed its opposition. It was the only major organization to do so in a public and uncompromising manner. Carolyn Joy Hello! My grandfather and his family were interned. He was just a teenager. They owned a farm in Southern California. This farm was taken away and they were forced to leave by the US Government. They never got it back as the white farmers in the area took it while they were interned. His family got a couple of bags and were sent to Manzanar. My great-grandmother didn’t understand what was going on as she only really spoke Japanese and never broke any law. In the camps surrounded by barbed wire and guarded by soldiers, they had to sleep in cabins crowded with people and ensuring no privacy. The recurved rationed food. Their activity was constantly monitored. The government sent military representatives to convince the young men that in order to prove that they were “American enough”, they had to enlist in the US military. My grandfather enlisted in the Navy. He realized and admitted to me before he died that the camps had had a lasting effect on him, in that throughout his life, he constantly felt the need to prove his American-ness. All big purchases were American-made (cars, appliances, that kind of thing). He never spoke Japanese again.