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War Relocation Authority Application for Leave Clearance
War Relocation Authority Application for Leave Clearance

For women, page 2

#27. If the opportunity presents itself and you are found qualified, would you be willing to volunteer for the Army Nurse Corps or the WAAC?
#28. Will you swear unqualified allegience to the United States of America and forswear any form of allegience or obedience to the Japanese emperor, or any other foreign government, power or organization?
"This business about proving our loyalty -- when they first asked us those questions, I thought: My God! I didn't know how to answer. It just struck me as stupid. Why should I have to answer that? We saluted the flag every morning, and to ask us that....And it just ticked us off that we would be asked such a question right in the camp."
Jack Matsuoka, in Beyond Words: Images from America's Concentration Camps
Courtesy of National Japanese American Historical Society