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YOWm. No. 23
Heart Mountain, Wyoming
Saturday, June 3, 1944
2 Cents Within City 5 cents Elsewhere
Methodist Bulletin Attacks 'Doctor' Lechnerj
TWifMi Z-
Evacuees Should Return
Home as War Situation
Warrants, Director Says
WASHINGTON, D.C. Japanese American eva
cuees from the West coast should be permitted to re
turn to their former homes as soon as the military
situation warrants, Dillon. S. Myer, director of WRA,
told" a house appropriation subcommittee late last week.
Myer revealed that already 500
people of Japanese ancestry
have been permitted to return
to California. Another group.
It was disclosed In other quar
ters, consisting of 45 evacuees
recently was granted permission
to return to their homes in Ha
waii. Those who have returned to
California mostly are wives of
Caucasians and their children,
Myer said, pointing ont that
they are American citizens
"both fey birth and parentage.
Myer told the committee that
23000 relocation center residents
have moved to various parts of
the nation and that about 20,000
of -th-H'-are 'employed. For the
most part, he said, their re
cords have been highly satisf ac'
tory and then employers have
been well pleased.
The "big" problem Is relocat
ing those "town and business
people and former employers
and merchants,'' Myer said.
Many are being (rained in fields
in which there are shortages
such as domestics, clerical help
and nursing, he added.
Most of the 70,000 Japanese
and Japanese Americans now
lirififf in segregation centers
are not only "safe" from the
standpoint of internal securi
ty, but are loyal to the United'
States and want to continue
living here af er the war, the
director declared.
He added that many of those
living at Tule Lake the center
for "disloyal" Japanese- aliens
and native bom are not neces
sarily anti-American but simply
feel they cannot "make a go of
it" here because they have cul
tural or sentimental interests
in Japan.
Generally speaking, he said,
the attitude of Americans to
ward the evacuees depends upon
the amount of agitation which
has been prevalent in their lo
cality. On the whole, he added,
the attitude is much better than
it was a year or two ago, chlef
Jy because "the nation generally
knows more about the problem."
Jury Acquits
Tule Sentry
For Slaying
TULE LAKE A coroner's
Jury investigating the fatal
shooting of Shoichl James Oka
moto, 30, former Heart Moun
tain resident; returned a verdict
clearing the sentry of all
charges. The Internee was shot
at the main gate of the center
following a heated argument
with the sentry May 24.
Modoc County District Attor
ney Charles Lederer announced
that okamoto had been shot
"by a soldier in the UJS. army
in the performance of his duty
Testimony of Okamoto's fel
low Internees who were riding
on the truck with him revealed
that the slain man made a
threatening move toward the
sentry and that it was only
then that the guard stepped1
back and fired the fatal bullet
During the eight-hour Inquest
It was shown that the truck
driver (Okamoto) had clashed
twice with the sentry, once
when he was leaving the gate
and again when he was return
ing. He also refused to show
his pass.
After refusing to obey the or
ders of the sentry several times,
the district attorney reported
that "suddenly Okamoto made a
move, crouching and raising one
arm as though to grab the sol
dier's rifle. The soldier backed
away and shot."
Lederer said that the testi
mony came from Okamoto's own
fellow internees and that they
agreed that Okamoto's attitude
had been "sarcastic" and "bel
ligerent." The name of the sentry res
ponsible for the shooting was
not disclosed.
22,000 Evacuees Resume 'Their
few exceptions, the 22,000 Japa
nese Americans who have left
relocation centers have been well
received by their new neighbors
and have "resumed their normal
place in society," according to
a report of the WRA to Secre
tary of Interior Harold L. Ickes.
"In traditional tnan-bltes-dog
fashion, it has been the very
few exceptions hat have made
news," the report stated.
The report to th secretary
showed that 5,013 Japanese
Americans have been relocated
Local Graduate
Wins Top Place
WTNFDZLD, Kail tasako
Kamei, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. N. Kamei of 28-11-D,
was ranked first place in
scholastic standing in the
freshman class of Southwest
ern college, here, and was
awarded a ribbon in honor of
this achievement at a special
honors assembly. Another ni
sei girl, Yoshle FojlU of Riv
ers, Ariz ranked second.
Miss Kamei Is majoring in
chemistry, and formerly at
tended Belmont high school in
Los Angeles. She was gradu
ated from the Heart Mountain
high school last year, and was
the salutatorian of that class.
Mineta Honored
At University
MADISON, N-L Albert Mi
neta, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ku
nisaku Mineta, took part in
Drew university's accelerated
program commencement exer
cises Monday and win receive
his degree and diploma upon
the completion of bis work
late In Jane.
Jfflaeta, who isajered la bi
ology, has been, a member of
the Student Life and Welfare
committee, treasarer of the
stadent council, vice-president
of his dormitory, stadent as
sistant in chemistry, and
member of Beta Beta Beta,
national honorary fraternity.
500 to Arrive
From Jerome
Housing accommodations for
500 Jerome transferees sched
uled to arrive in Heart Moun-
tain about the middle of this
month are being worked out, ac-'
cording to Melford O. Ander- fuU clvU rights under the con- Count Jul u
son. assistant project director. Istltutlon of the United States, 'lanation ot mental
Howard O. Embree, housing at the earliest possible date; ontpxit and emotional reaction
head, will leave for Denson,j "Be it further resolved, that or leadej. m Amezicalsm
Ark, next week to make housing this chapter assure the secre- fof Ameriam ljem
assignment for Jerome residents tary of war of its full support in N()te. The executive
being transferred here. Embree 'such measures, providing they comattee ta December unani
Is expected to accompany the Pre consistent with national ously voted t. (XBSaze Qt
group here from Arkansas as J security." J Lechner and denied that he
rne YtlA representative. ae itcxmuuuu aiau ui&cu wuii.
The Heart Mountain commu- copies of the statement be sent
nlty council has taken steps tojto the President and the at
Invlte members of the Jerome torney general,
community council transferred j A number of speakers address
here to participate as observers cd the group on the pros and
with the council during its pre-Icons of the problem before the.
sent term of office.
In Illinois, of whom 3,978 are in
Chicago. Other states with large
numbers of evacuees include;
Colorado, 2,507; Utah, 1,715;
Ohio, 1.687; Michigan, 1,487; and
Idaho, 1,034.
New York state has 649 to
date, of whom 497 are in New
York City; 26 In Rochester, 22
in Syracuse and 15 in Buffalo.
New Jersey has 50, 10 of whom
live in Passaic while the others
are in rural areas. Connecticut
has 62, 12 of whom are living
in Bridgeport.
Without specific reference to
Reveals Birth in Austria,
Doubtful College Degree
The First Methodist church of Santa Maria, Calif.,
in a widely-distributed bulletin received here this week,
openly attacked John R. Lechner, director of the
Americanism Educational league and prime West coast
race baiter. Aaron Allen Heist is pastor of the church.
Urge Return of
Nisei Rights
LOS ANGELES Another po
tent force last week went on re
cord as favoring the restoration
of full rights to evacuees, when
the Los Angeles chapter of the
American Association of Social
Workers discussed fully the as
pects of the problem.
Monsignor Thomas X OTJwyer
presided at the session which
listened to arguments from John
R. Lechner, director of the
Americanism Educational lea
gue and Clinton J. Taft of the
American Civil Liberties Union.
Following the discussion a re
solution presented by Harry
Henderson, former secretary of
the Los Angeles YMCA and sec
onded by Dr. George Mangold of
the sociological department. Uni
versity of Southern California,
was adopted practically unani
The resolution, In part, reads pound Americanism, Mr. Lech
as follows: leer's simple record cannot pos-
"Resolved that the Los Ange- sjbiy take him far: 'Served in
les county chapter, American infantry, unassigned. during
Association of Social Workers, world War I, corporal'."
respectfully urge tne secretary
of war to restore to American
citizens of Japanese ancestry
'resolution was adopted.
Normal Place9
the controversy in New York
City, where Mayor LaGuardla
led efforts by some groups to
shut down a hostel for relocated
evacuees, the report had the fol
lowing to say about hitches in
Its program:
"In a few Instances, there has
been local opposition or dlscrim-!
Ination when evacuees have
moved in, in spite of efforts i
of the WRA to determine In ad-1
vance the attitude of the com-
munity toward persons of Japa-
nesa descent and te steer eva-1
cuees away fromVan friendly
In the four-page bulletin, all
of which was devoted to the so
called Japanese problem. It was
pointed out:
"That John Robert Lechner
was born in Innsbruck, Aus
tria, less than 100 miles from
the birthplace of Adolph Hit
ler, another World War I cor
poral, might add weight to his
words if he, like most foreign
born Americans, had left be
hind him the spirit of intoler
ance, narrow racialism, na
tionalism and militarism,
which too much characterize
the European way of life.
There is no more truth in "an
Austrian's an Austrian than
a Jap's a Jap' but Just as
Discrediting Lechner's record,
the bulletin, states:
"Seldom does one find a man
who actually experienced the
hell of war who 'struts' when
he returns home, or even tries
to capitalize on his service in
seeking position. If war ex
perience ever enlarges one's
capacity to appreciate, or in
creases one's authority to ex-
"In a wistful clinging to 'Oc
cupation clergyman' (Certificate
nf T
represented the organization
"He is a graduate of Cro
zier seminary, Chester, Pa,
and was pastor of Queen's
Baptist church, 1922-23, yet
the Los Angeles headquar
ters of the Baptist church re
ports no record of his or
dination, or of any present
standing as a minister, and
the pastor of his home com
munity church, who knows
him wen, says with emphasis,
that he b not a member of
his church and doubts if he
ever darkens the door of any
church.' 'Clergymen' with sach
a background so often tell
the world what's wrong with
the churches!" the bulletin
"Experts," the publication
points out, "and some not so
expert-are sometimes made the
recipients of honorary degrees,
"Metropolitan Unlversity., Los
Angeles. Is credits vto
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Heart Mountain sentinel (Cody, Wyoming), June 3, 1944
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Place of Publication
Cody, Wyoming
Created / Published
Cody, Wyoming, June 3, 1944
Subject Headings
-  Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.)
-  Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945--Newspapers
-  Japanese Americans--Wyoming--Newspapers
-  Park County (Wyo.)--Newspapers
-  Cody (Wyo.)--Newspapers
-  Heart Mountain (Wyo.)--Newspapers
-  Evacuation and relocation of Japanese Americans (United States : 1942-1945)
-  Japanese Americans
-  Wyoming
-  Wyoming--Cody
-  Wyoming--Heart Mountain
-  Wyoming--Park County
-  1942-1945
-  United States--Wyoming--Park--Heart Mountain
-  United States--Wyoming--Park--Cody
-  Weekly
-  Volume 1, no. 1 (October 24, 1942)-vol. IV, no. 31 (July 28, 1945).
-  Editor: Oct. 24, 1942-Oct. 16, 1943, W. Hosakawa.--Oct. 23, 1943-May 5, 1945, H. Imura.
-  Published in Heart Mountain, <1943>-July 1945.
-  Collected in Japanese camp papers.
-  "Internment Camp Newspaper."
-  Has supplements.
-  Also issued on microfilm from the Library of Congress, Photoduplication Service.
-  Also available in digital format on the Library of Congress website.
-  Has supplement listing rules, regulations and procedures of the Relocation Center: Heart Mountain sentinel bulletin.
-  Japanese ed.: Hāto Maunten senchineru.
-  Abstracted in: Virginia journal and Alexandria advertiser [abstracts].
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