Today – traveling through Death Valley
Manzanar Internment Camp site
Leaving Beatty NV for Death Valley…
US 395 is a beautiful road that follows the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Lex wrote about it; I am sure he traveled it frequently to and from Fallon. Manzanar is right by 395 just north of Lone Pine.
It does not reflect one of our country’s better ideals. My late father, who grew up in Los Angeles had a Japanese-American friend whose family was given a very short time to vacate their house and report. Many lost their homes to unscrupulous buyers.
My mother has a good friend who had to live here as a little girl.
Some of these Japanese-Americans, or Nisei, still answered their country’s call and joined the now legendary 442nd Infantry Regiment. It is one of the most decorated Army units in history, and of the 14,000 men who served, 9,486 Purple Hearts were awarded.
Today, all that remains is a guard tower and the main entrance where the guards resided. The outlines of the old wooden structures are shown.
Back in the 1940s, it looked a bit different
A few years ago, I met a veteran of the 442nd – had to shake his hand.
Tomorrow: the final installment. I wanted to show the Lexicans the genuine ghost town of Bodie, which today is a state park kept in “arrested decay”.
Part 1 is here
Part 2 is here
Part 3 is here
Part 4 is here
Part 5 is here
Part 6 is here
Part 7 is here
Part 8 is here