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Today in World War II History—April 7, 1942

A boy and his personal effects at 2020 Van Ness Avenue as part of the contingent of 664 residents of Japanese ancestry, first to be evacuated from San Francisco on April 6, 1942 (US National Archives: 536059)

A boy and his personal effects at 2020 Van Ness Avenue as part of the contingent of 664 residents of Japanese ancestry, first to be evacuated from San Francisco on April 6, 1942 (US National Archives: 536059)

80 Years Ago—Apr. 7, 1942: US Navy announces that Blacks can enlist for general service (Seabees, shore duty, stevedores), not just in the mess, as of 1 June 42, allowing time to build segregated facilities.

Representatives from 11 western states meet with War Relocation Authority to protest Japanese-Americans evacuating to their states; Colorado alone agrees to accept voluntary relocation of “enemy aliens.”

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