Fred Korematsu did not want to leave his home to go to a relocation camp after Executive Order 9066. Fred was arrested and convicted for not leaving. He appealed and lost and then got a trial at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Fred did have plastic surgery on his eyes to make him look like he was an American and not Japanese. He also changed his name to Clyde Sarah. On September 8, 1942 Fred was convicted and sentenced to five years of probation and was sent to an Assembly Center to live and then to a internment camp in Utah. In December 1944, he appealed all the way to the Supreme Court and the court said it was justified to put the Japanese-Americans in the internment camps for protection. In 1983, a judge in California overturned the conviction. Each survivor of the internment camps at the time of the overturn of the conviction was given $20,000. President Bush wrote a formal apology to each survivor as well. On August 10, 1988 Reagan signed the Redress and Reparations legislation into law.


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Fred Korematsu