Heart Mountain internment photos donated to WSU

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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- A Japanese-American boy stands outside the barracks of the internment camp, looking at the distinctive shape of Heart Mountain in the distance.

The poignant, long ago moment is captured in one of a huge collection of photographs from the Heart Mountain internment camp for Japanese-Americans that has been donated to Washington State University. Some of the photos were previewed this week at the campus library.

The black-and-white photos were taken by George Hirahara and his son, Frank, who were among about 1,000 residents of the Yakima Valley who were incarcerated at the internment camp in Wyoming during World War II. They were donated by Patti Hirahara, Frank's daughter.