Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

To keep the campus community informed of war efforts, the Weekly Torch added a “War: Its Effect on Us” column to the front of each issue starting in 1942. These are the announcements for March 6, 1942. At the time, there were a total of 33 Japanese students enrolled at FJC, all of whom withdrew from the college. The Japanese students and their families were transported to inhospitable assembly centers such as the Santa Anita Race Track where they were housed in horse stalls for months while the relocation centers were constructed. After the completion of the relocation centers, many Orange County Japanese ended up imprisoned in the Poston War Relocation Center in Arizona. In May 2010, two of the Japanese students forced to withdraw—Stella Yano and Mitsuko Funakoshi—were invited to return for honorary degrees. During the war, the Weekly Torch had a number of servicemen who reported on their daily activities for the student newspaper, including Everett Carmichael, former Associate Editor, and Bill Bayless. The number of readers of the Weekly Torch actually doubled as issues were mailed around the world to former students.
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