The Eleventh Naval and Coast Guard Districts in southern California had been monitoring Japanese fishermen near Los Angeles since August 1941, as the Japanese/U.S. relationship began to break down. Intelligence collection ramped up in October and November 1941. The U.S. Coast Guard passed along information on Terminal Island fishermen, such as Minezo Araki, to the Naval Intelligence Officer. The inspection of Araki, and his vessel, AMERICA occurred on November 27, 1941, just one day prior to a rather telling memo issued by Lieutenant General DeWitt of the Western Defense Command.