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Bill Braye Interview Segment 1

Family background: seven or eight generations Californian (ddr-densho-1000-178-1) -
Death of twin brother causes a split in the family (ddr-densho-1000-178-2) -
Moving to Salinas as a teenager, finding work (ddr-densho-1000-178-3) -
Unjustly expelled from high school (ddr-densho-1000-178-4) -
Joining the military (ddr-densho-1000-178-5) -
Traveling by boat to the Philippines with a tank company (ddr-densho-1000-178-6) -
Memories of the bombing of Pearl Harbor while based in the Philippines (ddr-densho-1000-178-7) -
Guarding a supply room from looters (ddr-densho-1000-178-8) -
Traveling in the Philippines after being bombed by Japan (ddr-densho-1000-178-9) -
Being attacked by Japanese forces, destroying equipment (ddr-densho-1000-178-10) -
Horrific memories of the Bataan Death March (ddr-densho-1000-178-11) -
Witnessing the brutality of captors (ddr-densho-1000-178-12) -
Refusing to give up hope while on the Bataan Death March, contracting malaria and being expected to die (ddr-densho-1000-178-13) -
Hardships faced in a prisoner of war camp: expecting execution (ddr-densho-1000-178-14) -
Seeing Nagasaki, Japan, after the atomic bombing (ddr-densho-1000-178-15) -
Being released from a prisoner of war camp more than three years after capture (ddr-densho-1000-178-16) -
Memories of Okinawa after release from prisoner of war camp (ddr-densho-1000-178-17) -
Returning to the United States; keeping in contact with fellow prisoners of war (ddr-densho-1000-178-18) -
Getting to know the guards at prisoner of war camp (ddr-densho-1000-178-19) -
Dealing with a particularly difficult guard at prisoner of war camp (ddr-densho-1000-178-20) -
Recognizing the importance of a memorial for the Japanese American incarceration experience: "I say, let 'em build it" (ddr-densho-1000-178-21) -
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Family background: seven or eight generations Californian

00:04:34 — Segment 1 of 21

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May 24, 2005

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Bill Braye

Bill Braye Interview

01:44:07 — 21 segments

May 24, 2005

Hammett, Idaho

Caucasian male of Spanish and Irish descent. Born March 31, 1917, in Santa Monica, California. Moved to Salinas, California, as a teenager, and enlisted in the military. Stationed in the Philippines when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and was captured by the Japanese military. Forced on the infamous Bataan Death March in 1942 and held as a prisoner of war until 1945, when he was released and returned to the United States. Mr. Braye passed away in 2009.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; John Pai, videographer

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