Heart Mountain Photos from Michihiko Wada

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Mr. Michihiko "Mike" and Honey Wada's family album. Permission from cousins Kevin, Michi, and Gary Wada.

After graduating high school in Hiroshima-ken, Japan, Michihiko Wada came to the US with his mother (Kuni), sister (Midori) and younger brother (Yasushi) under the sponsorship of the American Baptist Home Missions to join his father, Rev. Masahiko Wada and older sister Mutsu Wada Homma.  

He attended University of Redlands and taught Sunday School at Gardena Valley Baptist Church.  After college, he went to New York with the "Okura 7" to find work as an engineer. In New York, he continued his education at NY University. Michihiko Wada returned to Pomona, CA from New York after his parents were arrested.  

Younger sister Midori had called her brothers, Mike and Yasushi, to notify them that when she came home from Pomona City College and found out that her parents were arrested on March 13, 1942. He was given Power of Attorney over the Wada family assets after his parents were arrested by the FBI. 

American Baptist Home Missionaries were able to find out where their father, Rev. Wada, was being held. Mike, Midori, and Yasushi were able to visit their father, Rev. Wada, at the INS Tuna Canyon Detention Center before the government transferred him to Satna Fe and Lordsburg, New Mexico. 

Mrs. Kuni Wada was arrested and taken to Terminal Island women's INS Detention and then transferred to Seagoville DOJ Women's prison in Texas in August 1942. This was the last time seeing their parents until they were reunited at Amache, CO in 1944.

Mike Wada would also drive the Imamoto sisters to visit their father at the INS Tuna Canyon Jail and mother at the Terminal Island women's prison from the Garden Grove area.

The Pomona Baptist church members stored the family belongings at the First Baptist Church of Pomona for the duration of the war. They would ship some of their household goods to the family in Amache then to Seattle after the war where the Wada family resettled.

When relocation time came, Mike was taken to Pomona Assembly Center then to Heart Mountain Internment Camp in WY. 

At Pomona Assembly Center, he saw his brother-in-law's relatives, Yorozu and Shigee Homma. At Heart Mountain, Uncle Mike worked in the warehouse.

Mike was an avid photographer learning photography from Dr. Kyushiro Homma before he left for New York.  The photo collection includes the family stories of Mike taking the warehouse truck full of internees to go fishing at a nearby lake.  

After Dr. Homma (Mustsu's husband) became ill, the American Baptist help get Mike transferred to Amache where he was a silk screen artist and X-ray technician. 

After his release from Amache in Oct 1945, Mike returned to New York and worked for Mitsubishi North America.

Slides in this album 

Aerial view of Heart Mountian Internment Camp

1943 view of Heart Mountian Internment Camp from the photo album of Michihiko "Mike" Wada. Mike Wada has over 150 Heart Mountian Camp photos in his personal album.  He was an avid photographer.

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Heart Mountain peak in the background

The center opened on August 11, 1942 when internees began arriving by train from the Pomona, California, Santa Anita, California, and Portland, Oregon assembly centers. By January 1, 1943, the camp reached its maximum population of 10,767 internees. This made the Heart …

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Heart Mountain Internment Camp

Heart Mountain Butte in the background.  Photo shows Avenue F and the 4,160 volt AC primary power electrical distribution line on the north side of the avenue.  The power line also identifies the road as Avenue F - Ben Murphy.

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Camp View from outside the barbed wire

Workers enclosed 740 acres of arid buffalo grass and sagebrush with a high barbed wire fence and nine guard towers.

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Michihiko Mike Wada

Michihiko Mike Wada, the eldest son of Rev. Masahiko and Kuni Wada. Mike went to Heart Mountain from Pomona Assembly Center, CA. circa 1943.

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Around Heart Mountain 2

Friends walking around Heart Mountain Internment Camp. circa 1943

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B 14 - 27 Mess Hall Workers

Heart Mountian Internment Camp B 14 - 27 Mess Hall Workers July 29, 1943.  Ben Murphy states that the name of the chef for this block 14 mess hall - Keiji Ishigama (age 50 when this picture was taken)

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B 14 - 27 Mess Hall Workers 2

B 14 - 27 Mess Hall Workers.  


Ben Murphy: The camp's War Relocation Authority Caucasian staff directed that cleanliness and sanitation contests be periodically conducted as a means of encouraging morale plus maybe making the dreary, institution cooking a little bit better for everyone.  For the April 17,1943 contest mess hall 14-27 …

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Behind Heart Mountain barb wire

Behind Heart Mountain barb wire. Friends of Michihiko "Mike" Wada.
Circa 1943.

LtoR: a friend from Pomona Assembly Center, Yone Higashi, unknown

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Gardening at Heart Mountain Internment Camp

Gardening at Heart Mountain Internment Camp
Person identified as Masaaki Watanabe

circa 1943.

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Moving dirt at Heart Mountain

A young man using a wheel barrel to move dirt at Heart Mountain while another one takes a break

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Heart Mountain Friends

Mickie Ishide, Yone Higashi, Vicki Tanabara, Kimi Tanaka, Molly Ota, May Deguchi
circa 1943.

Heart Mountain friends
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Winter in Heart Mountain internment camp

Winter in Heart Mountain internment camp. Yone Watanabe with Heart Mountain peak in the background.

Winter in Heart Mountain internment camp
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Heart Mountain Fishermen 1943

Heart Mountain Internees fishing at Lake Sylvan, is just inside the east entrance of Yellowstone Park. Circa 1943. Internees unknown

Heart Mountain Fishermen 1943
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Heart Mountain Warehouse Internees taking a break at Lake Sylvan

Heart Mountain Warehouse Internees taking a break at Lake Sylvan, WY. Lake Sylvan is just inside the east entrance of Yellowstone Park. Circa 1943. Heart Mountain warehouse trucks in the photo.

Heart Mountain Warehouse Internees taking a break at Lake Sylvan
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Miyoko Suzuki

Miyo Suzuki eating ice cream.  Miyoko Suzuki came to Heart Mountain from Pomona Assembly Center


Miyo Suzuki eating ice cream
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Mike Wada smoking

Mike Wada smoking a pipe and standing to the right of Yone Higashi (standing)

Mike Wada and friends at Heart Mountain
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