Journey of Charles Mitsuji Furuta of Historic Wintersburg, 1942-1945
Charles Mitsuji Furuta was among the thousands of Japanese Americans arrested and detained after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan in 1941. After the authorization of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, he was interrogated by the FBI at his farm in Wintersburg Village and arrested. Charles Furuta had been a U.S. resident for 41 years, but, like all Issei, was not allowed to become a citizen. He had not committed any act against the United States. He was arrested due to being a prominent civic leader and president of the Japanese Association. He also was one of the rare first-generation Japanese land owners, having acquired his farm before California passed the Alien Land Law of 1913. The efforts he had made to become an American and contribute to his local community were what had placed him on the FBI list. This journey follows Charles Furuta in 1941 to 1945 from his farm in Wintersburg Village (present day Huntington Beach) to the locations where he was imprisoned, returning home to Wintersburg Village in 1945.