During World War II, two camps were established in Fresno: the Fresno Assembly Center and Pinedale Assembly Center.

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The Pinedale Assembly Center Memorial Project Committee is a joint committee of the Central California District Council of the Japanese American League and the Central California Nikkei Foundation. They are both 501c(3) California non-profit corporations.




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During World War II, two camps were established in Fresno: the Fresno Assembly Center and Pinedale Assembly Center.

The Fresno Assembly Center, which was at the Fresno Fairgrounds, housed Nikkei from Central California. A monument was dedicated at the site on February 19, 1992, the fiftieth anniversary of Executive Order No. 9066.  The Order was the basis for General John L. DeWitt, Commander of the Western Defense Command, to forcibly exclude over 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast and detain them for nearly three years during the War.

Over 70,000 were American citizens born in the U.S.  They were detained without charges or trial.  The basis of the detention was so-called “military necessity” to prevent espionage and sabotage.  Yet not one Japanese American was ever charged let alone convicted of espionage or sabotage in the five months prior to internment or in Hawaii or the interior of the mainland during the War.

Pinedale remained in obscurity because the 4,823 internees were from out of the area — Amador and Sacramento counties as well as Oregon and Washington.

After the temporary incarceration in Pinedale for three months in 1942, internees were sent to permanent internment camps such as Tule Lake in Northern California and Poston in Arizona.

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February 19, 2012 |

Local Medal Ceremony to Honor Japanese American WWII Veterans on Feb. 19, 2012

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July 1, 2011 |

The Japanese American Story of Internment and Redress

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September 2, 2009 |

Howard Watkins Photo Gallery

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February 21, 2009 |

Civil Liberties Act of 1988

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February 16, 2009 |

John Tagami’s Tribute to Nisei Veterans

Thanks for that introduction, Jeannette. I’d like to thank JACL and Dale Ikeda for inviting me tonight to pay...

June 2, 2008 |

Four Hirabayashi Cousins: A Question of Identity by James Hirabayashi

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June 2, 2007 |

Position Paper

From: The Pinedale Assembly Center Memorial Project Committee, a joint committee of the Central California Nikkei...

February 19, 2007 |

Honorable James A. Ardaiz Speech

[Speech given February 19, 2007, by the Honorable James A. Ardaiz, Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal,...

February 19, 2007 |

DOR ground-breaking remarks

By: Dale Ikeda Feb. 19, 2007 Good morning. On behalf of the Pinedale Assembly Center Memorial project committee,...

February 3, 2006 |

JAs Fight for Memorial at Former Pinedale Assembly Center

By Caroline Aoyagi-Stom, Pacific Citizen Executive Editor Published February 3, 2006 The dilapidated warehouse...

December 7, 2005 |

Presiding Justice Ardaiz speech to bar attorneys


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