1943 January 21
This article discusses the suicide of John Yoshida at the Jerome Relocation Center.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9022, creating the War Relocation Authority (WRA). The WRA selected ten sites in which to imprison more than 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, over two-thirds of whom were American citizens. Two of these centers were in the Arkansas Delta, one at Rohwer in Desha County, and the other at Jerome in sections of Chicot and Drew counties. Over 16,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated in these two centers between October 1942 and November 1945.
A verdict of suivide was rendered
Tuesday in the death of John Yos-
hida, 23, Japanese-American resi-
dent of the Jerome Relocation cent-
er whose body was found on the
Missouri Pacific Railroad's main
line between the center and Hud-
speth Tuesday morning.
Formerly a resident of Santa An-
nita, Cal., the boy was found decapi-
tated by J.W. Womack, section
forman. Apparently the boy placed
himself on the track before and
approaching train. A note left in-
dicated that he contemplated taking
He left his home Sunday and
members of his family reported to
the administration Monday that he
was missing. A search was begun
and his body was found Tuesday.
The boy lived with his father and
step-mother at the center.
Evacuation of civilians; Military assistance; Military camps; Camps; War; Japanese; Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Concentration Camps--United States--Arkansas; Internment camps; Relocation camps; Jerome Relocation Center (Ark.)
Jerome, Drew County (Ark.)
MFILM News 000131, Roll 10
Newspaper microfilm collection: Dermott News, MFILM News 000131
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Newspaper article, "Denson Resident Commits Suicide", Newspaper microfilm collection: Dermott News, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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United States History
Hazel Retherford papers, MS.000643; Amon Guy Thompson papers, MG04582-MG04586; Austin Smith papers, 1942-1945, MG04350; Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Arts of the Japanese in Our War Relocation Camps, MG01299; Community Analysis Reports and Community Analysis Trend Reports of the War Relocation Authority, 1942-1946, MG03846-MG03847; Japanese Camp papers, MG03848-MG03869
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