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Santa Anita During World War II

 
 
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By Denise Boose, October 24, 2009
1. Santa Anita During World War II Marker
Inscription. Early in 1942 the US government designated Santa Anita Park for special usage during the war years.

Pursuant to Executive Order 9066 signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, from March 30, 1942 until October 27, 1942 the facility was used as an assembly and processing center for approximately 20,000 Japanese Americans prior to their displacement to interment camps in other areas of the country.

From 1942 until 1945, the government utilized the property as an Army Base – Camp Santa Anita. It was the largest Army ordnance training center on the West Coast and more than 100,000 soldiers were trained there.

Racing resumed at Santa Anita on May 15, 1945, just after “VE” Day.

This plaque is placed at Santa Anita in remembrance of the events of that period in history by its dedication on this, the 15th day of May 2001.
 
Erected 2001.
 
Location. 34° 8.319′ N, 118° 2.778′ W. Marker is in Arcadia, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on West Huntington Drive. Click for map. Marker is located near the grandstand. Marker is at or near this postal address: 285 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia CA 91007, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of
Santa Anita During World War II Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 24, 2009
2. Santa Anita During World War II Marker
this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seabiscuit (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); El Monte (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Frederick G. Exner Memorial Windmill (approx. 4.4 miles away); Bovard - Wilson - Hayes House and Jail (approx. 4.5 miles away); 1776 Overland Immigration Expedition (approx. 4.5 miles away); San Gabriel Mission (approx. 4.5 miles away); a different marker also named San Gabriel Mission (approx. 4.5 miles away); Old Spanish Trail (approx. 4.5 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Additional California temporary detention sights.
 
Also see . . .  Camp Santa Anita. Located at the world-famous Santa Anita Racetrack, the Santa Anita Assembly Center was the longest occupied assembly center, used for 215 days, from March 27 to October 27. It was also the largest assembly center, housing a total of 19,348 persons from Los Angeles, San Diego, and Santa Clara counties, with a maximum at one time of 18,719. Those interned lived in hastily constructed barracks and in existing stables, with 8,500 in converted horse stalls. (Submitted on February 18, 2012.) 
 
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Santa Anita During World War II Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 24, 2009
3. Santa Anita During World War II Marker
An unidentified U.S. Navy veteran of Japanese ancestry (a retired "officer's steward or cook, image. Click for full size.
By Dorothea Lang, April 1942
4. An unidentified U.S. Navy veteran of Japanese ancestry (a retired "officer's steward or cook,
first-class") reports for internment at Santa Anita in April 1942. He seems to flaunt his old service uniform and decorations - with an air of disdain for the arm band-wearing Nisei "trustees" in charge of his in-processing.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 1,233 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   4. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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