This train in Pasadena was waiting to take Japanese Americans to their internment camp in the Mohave Desert. Military authorities supervised the relocation, making sure everything went smoothly and everyone complied with the evacuation order.
“Since yesterday we Pasadena Japanese have ceased to be human beings – we are now simply numbers or things,” Hatsuye Egami wrote in her diary. “We are no longer ‘Egamis’ but the number 23324. A tag with that number is on every suitcase and bag. Even on our breasts are tied large tags with this same number – 23324! Again, a sad and tragic feeling grips my heart!”