1373 and 1375 as part of Japanese Internment at Santa Anita

United States National Archive Collection

United States National Archive Collection

Pacific Electric combine units nos. 1375 and 1375 (rear) appear in this United States National Archive image dated 1942 as part of Japanese-American internment activities at San Pedro. The caption from the archive (linked to from the World War 2 Database) notes the people were San Pedro residents being processed at the “Santa Anita Assembly Center.” Thanks to David Stubblebine for this image.
Modified based on comment
United States National Archive Image and Collection
Linked from World War 2 Database (www.ww2db.com)

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  • Bob Davis

    A chapter of US history that many government officials would like to “bury”. I was told that after the internees were taken (in some cases by requisitioned PE buses) to Manzanar in the Owens Valley, the temporary structures at Santa Anita were used for prisoner-of-war housing. After the war, local residents were allowed to salvage lumber from the camp, and my dad brought home some trailer loads to build a playhouse for my brother and me (in Monrovia).
    Nomenclature correction: 1373 and 1375 were “combines” not “express” cars. They originally ran on the SP electric lines out of Portand OR and came to PE in 1929. Back before I was born, my mother took photos of 1373 after it had a grade-crossing collision with a semi-trailer right by our house in 1939. The trailer was a total loss, but 1373 survived until the end of the San Bernardino line. It would return to Santa Anita under more peaceful conditions on three-car “Race Track” specials, usually two combines with a 1246-class trailer in the middle.

    – Combines, got it, Bob – thanks! – ed.

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