In 1942 President Franklin D. Roosavelt inacted, executive order 9066. This allowed the US Government to bypass Constitutional safeguards leading to the incarceration of over 120,000 US citizens of Asian and Italian decent on the west coast of the United States.
10 internment camps were set up along the Pacific coast of the United States more commonly known as relocation centers. This was considered the best course of action at the time because of the anti Japanese sentiment after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Not everyone was happy about going to relocation centers and some fled from incarceration escaping to where ever they could.
A Japanese man named, Hero Wang, has recently been discovered in the Mojave desert hiding in Schmidt's tunnel. Schmidt's tunnel is a remote tourist attraction only accessible by four wheel drive truck or by foot in the remote western Mojave desert.
"He's been hiding since 1942 taking refuge in mine shafts and abandon mines for the last 65 years reported Forest Ranger, Bill Angel, we saw a man in animal skins on Bureau of Land Management property. When we tried to question him he fled".
After apprehending the strange man rangers discovered the man was a refugee from the Manzaneta relocation center so long ago.
Hero fled from prosecution at age 7 and survived the harsh conditions eating lizards and whatever else he could finding refuge in caves. He drank water supplied from cactus plants when other sources ran dry.
When asked why he waited so long to surface Hero stated simply, "I don't want to relocate".
Hero will be relocated to Japan having never been granted citizenship in the States so many years ago.
From the desk of
Buck E Filbert
Jan 30 2007