Farewell to Manzanar Timeline


Birth of Jeanne Wakatsuki

September 26, 1934

Born in Inglewood, she is the youngest of nine children.

Bombing of Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941

Executive Order 9066

February 19, 1942

Presidential executive order signed and issued during World War II by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt. "...this order authorized the evacuation of all persons deemed a threat to national security from the West Coast to relocation centers further inland. In the next 6 months, over 100,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry were moved to assembly centers"("Executive Order 9066...").

Arrives at Manzanar

March 21, 1942

She was only 7 years old at the time

Changes Barracks


Brother Drafted Into the MIlitary

August, 1944

Jeanne's second-oldest brother (Woody) is drafted into the military

Proclamation No. 21

December 17, 1944

"...declaring that, effective January 2, 1945, Japanese-American “evacuees” from the West Coast could return to their homes. During the course of World War II, 10 Americans were convicted of spying for Japan, but not one of them was of Japanese ancestry"("Roosevelt Signs...").

World War II Ends


World War II ends with the unconditional surrender of the Axis powers

Leaves Manzanar

December 1, 1945

She is eleven years old when she leaves the camp

Family Moves to Santa Clara Valley


Jeanne Visits Manzanar

April, 1972

Goes with her husband and two kids