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A Broken Promise

A Broken Promise


Rex Buck: I can only tell you what I’ve been
told by my elders, from my father who was here and my grandfather, who was still living
here. They had a visit by Colonel [Frank] Matthias
when the project was going to start, and he came to the camp up at Priest Rapids and talked
to them. They didn’t know what to think or what to
feel, because they didn’t understand why they were going to have to leave an area. And they were only given so much time that
they were going to have to get the few things that they could take and get. And they had several camps and several storage
places that they had stored personal belongings, and also caches that they had different kind
of foods and medicines that they had stored in certain areas. And they also had some equipment that they
used for fishing, that’s unique to the Hanford area here. What they understood is that this would be
just for the war, that in order to protect the United States of America, that they were
going to do something here that was going to help protect it. And that when the war was over, that they
would be able to come back and that they would be able to reclaim and do some of the things
that they had always done. So they felt good about that, but that never
did happen that way as time went on.

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