Forced Internment

Leaving Everything Behind

"It was just wiped clean."

"We lived in town and they had telephone poles all around in the town, you know, and they said we had to evacuate in a couple of weeks. So my brother, he tried to go to his farm but there was a guard there - an Army guard - and he wouldn’t let him go onto the farm. [My brother] had about twenty Mexican laborers, and so he had to go get a Caucasian man to take all of his equipment into the town city limits. He gave the Caucasian all of the…we had cabbage and cauliflower, you know, in the fall, and he had to give that up and get all his farming equipment out. After he got out of the Army he went to see about all the farming equipment, but it was all stolen. It was just wiped clean..."