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(Dictated by Mr. Timmons' Office - 3/l3/li2 ~ 9:10 a.m.) SAN FRANCISCO March 12, loli2 FOREIGN FUNDS CONTROL TREASURY DEPT WASHINGTON Please see that a copy of the following is promptly delivered to Fr. Bernstein: San Francisco March 11, 19l& Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco, California* Sirs: By virtue of orders issued by the w a r Department on December 11, 19l)-l, the entire Pacific Coast of the United States was established es the Western Defense Command and designated as a theatre of operations under my command. By Executive Order Fo. 9066 doted February 19, I9l\2, the President of the United States authorized and directed the Secretary of War and the military commanders whom he may from time to time designate to prescribe military areas in such places and of snch extent BS he or the appropriate military compandor may determine, from which any or all persons may be excluded, and with respect to which the right of any person to enter, remain in, or leave?, shall be subject to whatever restrictions the Secretary of War or the appropriate military commander may impose in his discretion. The Secretary of War on February 20, 19l|2, designated the undersigned as the military commander to carry out the duties and responsibilities imposed by said Executive Order for that portion of the United States embraced in the Western Defense Command. On March 2, l i . pursuant to authority vested in me, I issued Public ^j2 Proclamation No« 1 under which I designated and established certain military areas and zones. It is my intention by subsequent proclamation to exclude certain persons and classes of pe-rsons from all of Military Area No. 1 and also from such of those zones described in said Public Proclamation No. . as Zones A-2 to A-°9 inclusive as are within Military 1 Area No. 2, The evacuees will include Japanese, German e.nrt Italian aliens and persons of Japanese ancestry now resident in Military Area No. 1. I am familiar with the contemplated program dealing with the problem of evacuees end I find that the prompt execution of such a program is essential to the successful prosecution of the war and the performance of my duty under Executive Order $o« 9066. Accordingly, 1 hereby authorize and direct you. to take all steps which in your judgment ^re necessary or desirable in order to carry out the objective of the program. You, are authorized and requested to employ such personnel vnd set up such offices within the Western Defense Commend as vou mov consider -2- advisable, necessary or expedient for the purpose of carrying out the program o^ dealing with the property interests of said evacuees. You are further authorized to employ such personnel and appoint such subaprents as you may see fit in connection therewith. You vrill be reimbursed for ell necessary ^*nd proper expenses incurred in connection with the carrying out o^ this program* Furthermore, you "r^ directed to perform any and all nets incident to the accomplishment or furtherance of this progrem and rs such are, of course, entitled to b~ reimbursed for ^11 necessary ^r\d proper expenses nnd obligations ^rising out op such ag**ncies for which under law such rn agent would be entitled to reimbursement. It is understood th-"t in executing the foregoing no warranty of my authority is included nor is my personal liability imposed upon or assumed by the undersigned. Very truly yours, J. L. DeWITT Lieutenant General U. S. Army Commnnd, J. If, FEHLE ^Received 8:23 p»m., 3/l2/1 4 2)