Mits Takahashi Interview Segment 1

Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-207-1) -
Father's family background (ddr-densho-1000-207-2) -
Mother's family background (ddr-densho-1000-207-3) -
Parents' arranged marriage (ddr-densho-1000-207-4) -
Growing up with children of different ethnic backgrounds (ddr-densho-1000-207-5) -
Father's role as a member of the Japanese Gardeners Association (ddr-densho-1000-207-6) -
Description of the Japanese Gardeners Association (ddr-densho-1000-207-7) -
Attending high school, meeting people of various ethnic backgrounds (ddr-densho-1000-207-8) -
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor: "We were really bewildered more than anything else" (ddr-densho-1000-207-9) -
Impact of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on father's gardening business (ddr-densho-1000-207-10) -
Attending a school assembly on December 8, 1941 (ddr-densho-1000-207-11) -
Witnessing community members' arrests by the FBI (ddr-densho-1000-207-12) -
Receiving advice on what to bring to camp from earlier arrivals (ddr-densho-1000-207-13) -
Coping with conditions in an assembly center (ddr-densho-1000-207-14) -
The structure of the Puyallup Assembly Center (ddr-densho-1000-207-15) -
Traveling to Minidoka: mistaking the dust for a fire (ddr-densho-1000-207-16) -
The impact of camp on families (ddr-densho-1000-207-17) -
Attending school in camp: feeling the teachers were sympathetic (ddr-densho-1000-207-18) -
Social activities and dating in camp (ddr-densho-1000-207-19) -
Confusion over the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" (ddr-densho-1000-207-20) -
Being drafted: family's reaction (ddr-densho-1000-207-21) -
Description of basic training (ddr-densho-1000-207-22) -
Observing the 442nd RCT after the Battle of the Lost Battalion: "They looked like insane people" (ddr-densho-1000-207-23) -
Encountering a difficult sergeant (ddr-densho-1000-207-24) -
Interacting with the seasoned 442nd soldiers as a newer draftee (ddr-densho-1000-207-25) -
Being awarded the Silver Star (ddr-densho-1000-207-26) -
Recovering from wound and hearing about the end of the war: "just a sense of relief" (ddr-densho-1000-207-27) -
Recovering and rejoining unit (ddr-densho-1000-207-28) -
The process of leaving military service (ddr-densho-1000-207-29) -
Hearing about discrimination encountered by family upon return to the West Coast (ddr-densho-1000-207-30) -
Restarting the Japanese Gardeners Association after the war (ddr-densho-1000-207-31) -
Recognition of the significance of the Japanese Gardeners Association (ddr-densho-1000-207-32) -
Getting married (ddr-densho-1000-207-33) -
Reflections: increased awareness of the Japanese American story (ddr-densho-1000-207-34) -
Description of medals and citations (ddr-densho-1000-207-35) -
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Description of siblings

00:02:50 — Segment 1 of 35

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March 20, 2008

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Mits Takahashi

Mits Takahashi Interview

02:52:44 — 35 segments

March 20, 2008

Seattle, Washington

Nisei male. Born October 22, 1924, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, where father was a prominent member of the Japanese Gardeners Association. During World War II, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Drafted into the army, and served in Italy with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Received the Silver Star for valor in combat. Helped to revive the Japanese Gardeners Association in Seattle postwar.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer

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