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Frank K. Omatsu Interview Segment 11

Parents' family backgrounds (ddr-densho-1000-373-1) - 00:04:41
Description of father's friend and mentor, Reverend Yamazaki (ddr-densho-1000-373-2) - 00:04:46
Parents' early life in Los Angeles (ddr-densho-1000-373-3) - 00:04:29
Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-373-4) - 00:04:04
Father's prewar work as a produce buyer (ddr-densho-1000-373-5) - 00:04:49
Childhood memories: Japanese language school, judo, Boy Scouts (ddr-densho-1000-373-6) - 00:06:16
Attending high school, participating in sports (ddr-densho-1000-373-7) - 00:03:04
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor while in church (ddr-densho-1000-373-8) - 00:03:36
Remaining friends with high school baseball teammates (ddr-densho-1000-373-9) - 00:04:53
Preparing for mass removal and driving to Santa Anita (ddr-densho-1000-373-10) - 00:07:21
Packing for mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-373-11) - 00:04:35
Arriving in Santa Anita, mixing with Japanese Americans from different regions (ddr-densho-1000-373-12) - 00:04:10
Daily life in Santa Anita (ddr-densho-1000-373-13) - 00:03:34
Finishing high school in camp (ddr-densho-1000-373-14) - 00:06:45
Working in Chicago after leaving camp (ddr-densho-1000-373-15) - 00:06:32
Volunteering for the military (ddr-densho-1000-373-16) - 00:05:57
Training for the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-1000-373-17) - 00:06:02
Being shipped overseas (ddr-densho-1000-373-18) - 00:04:05
Serving as an interpreter in the Philippines (ddr-densho-1000-373-19) - 00:05:52
Being reassigned to Japan (ddr-densho-1000-373-20) - 00:06:42
Serving in Japan during the occupation (ddr-densho-1000-373-21) - 00:11:23
Returning to Los Angeles after military service (ddr-densho-1000-373-22) - 00:07:14
Working with family at Seabrook Farms (ddr-densho-1000-373-23) - 00:08:45
Returning to Los Angeles (ddr-densho-1000-373-24) - 00:05:47
Contracting pleurisy (ddr-densho-1000-373-25) - 00:05:51
(ddr-densho-1000-373-26) - 00:03:15
Getting a job working for Sumitomo Bank (ddr-densho-1000-373-27) - 00:05:39
Starting out at Sumitomo Bank as a teller (ddr-densho-1000-373-28) - 00:05:49
Recruiting new clients for Sumitomo Bank (ddr-densho-1000-373-29) - 00:07:11
Moving up the ranks at Sumitomo Bank (ddr-densho-1000-373-30) - 00:05:32
Raising children (ddr-densho-1000-373-31) - 00:02:14
Involvement in the establishment of Keiro nursing home (ddr-densho-1000-373-32) - 00:04:05
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-373-33) - 00:08:08
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Packing for mass removal

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

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October 24, 2011

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Frank K. Omatsu

Frank K. Omatsu Interview

03:03:06 — 33 segments

October 24, 2011

Los Angeles, California

Nisei male. Born March 31, 1924, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles where father worked as a produce buyer. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas. Left camp to work in Chicago, and was drafted into the military. Served with the Military Intelligence Service in the Philippines and Japan. After the war, returned to Los Angeles and worked for the Sumitomo Bank.

(This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.)

Sharon Yamato, interviewer; Tani Ikeda, videographer

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