Japanese internment camp marker in Pinedale missing

The Fresno BeeNovember 8, 2013 

A historic marker dedicated to Japanese-Americans who were temporarily interned in Pinedale at the start of World War II is missing, most likely the latest target of metal thieves.

The marker was taken from the Remembrance Plaza at 625 W. Alluvial Ave. sometime before midday Tuesday, according to a report filed with police. The marker was first placed in the plaza in March 2007 and is part of a memorial with a centerpiece fountain designed by Seattle Sculptor Gerald Tsutakawa.

Nearly 5,000 Japanese-Americans were interned at the Pinedale Assembly Center before they were moved to more permanent internment camps for the duration of the war.

Anyone with information about the marker is asked to call the Clovis Veterans Memorial District at (559) 299-0471.

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