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I was in high school at that point in time

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Submitted by L Andrea Cocco (United States), Dec 30, 2004 at 20:47

and we had a Japanese girl come to our school during the internment period
she was just fine and didn't feel "put upon" but understood why it was
necessary.
We were all scared that some Japanese would stand on the Seattle/Puget
sound or the Oregon Coast, California Coast and direct some of the
Japanese Submarines onto our shores with flashlights or direct them where
to send some sort of munitions which would explode in one of our large
cities. It was a pretty harrowing experience as we knew by that time how
decimated our own Navy was and that most of our Service men were
still training with "broomsticks" as we were so short on guns and ammunition.
Those Japanese citizens were never treated in any "harmful" way, just
routed off the Coastline and placed in plain cottages or long buildings
over into Idaho. (I am writing from Spokane, where I have always
lived and I do remember this period very well.) SCARY!

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