Walter N. Matsuoka Interview Segment 19

Born in Walnut Grove, California (ddr-densho-1010-3-1) - 00:02:41
Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1010-3-2) - 00:01:11
Parents' family background (ddr-densho-1010-3-3) - 00:02:28
Father's shoe repair business (ddr-densho-1010-3-4) - 00:03:35
Description of parents (ddr-densho-1010-3-5) - 00:02:19
Recreational activities: swimming, fishing (ddr-densho-1010-3-6) - 00:03:00
Playing baseball and basketball (ddr-densho-1010-3-7) - 00:01:14
Fighting with Chinese students in school (ddr-densho-1010-3-8) - 00:03:58
Attending Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1010-3-9) - 00:01:25
Father's role in helping when fire broke out in the town (ddr-densho-1010-3-10) - 00:04:57
Attending church (ddr-densho-1010-3-11) - 00:02:41
A typical school day (ddr-densho-1010-3-12) - 00:03:42
Taking a bath in the family's tub (ddr-densho-1010-3-13) - 00:01:27
Memories mother's cooking (ddr-densho-1010-3-14) - 00:01:36
Doing chores on the family's farm and around the home (ddr-densho-1010-3-15) - 00:02:12
Participating in judo (ddr-densho-1010-3-16) - 00:02:22
Celebrating New Year's and other holidays (ddr-densho-1010-3-17) - 00:02:03
Making arrangements for property when preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-1010-3-18) - 00:04:49
First impressions of assembly center: "looked like jail" (ddr-densho-1010-3-19) - 00:03:43
Siblings' wartime activities (ddr-densho-1010-3-20) - 00:01:58
Participating in Boy Scouts in camp (ddr-densho-1010-3-21) - 00:02:58
Joining sports teams in camp (ddr-densho-1010-3-22) - 00:01:50
Brother's military service and capture as a prisoner of war (ddr-densho-1010-3-23) - 00:02:57
Experiencing discrimination upon returning home (ddr-densho-1010-3-24) - 00:01:00
Fears upon returning home (ddr-densho-1010-3-25) - 00:03:22
Finding work after the war (ddr-densho-1010-3-26) - 00:01:48
Observing changes in Walnut Grove and family members after the war (ddr-densho-1010-3-27) - 00:02:47
Father's reestablishment of shoe repair business after the war (ddr-densho-1010-3-28) - 00:01:43
Only a few Japanese Americans return to Walnut Grove after World War II (ddr-densho-1010-3-29) - 00:03:58
Serving in the Korean War (ddr-densho-1010-3-30) - 00:03:06
Establishing a career as an airplane mechanic (ddr-densho-1010-3-31) - 00:01:28
Involvement in community groups (ddr-densho-1010-3-32) - 00:03:53
Raising a family (ddr-densho-1010-3-33) - 00:02:15
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First impressions of assembly center: "looked like jail"

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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December 9, 2009

Preserving California's Japantowns Collection

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Walter N. Matsuoka

Walter N. Matsuoka Interview

01:26:26 — 33 segments

December 9, 2009

Sacramento, California

Nisei male. Born September 25, 1926, in Walnut Grove, California. Grew up in Walnut Grove, where father owned and operator a shoe sales and repair business. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Merced Assembly Center, California, and the Granada concentration camp, Colorado. After the war, returned to Walnut Grove. Was drafted and served in the Korean War, then started a career as an aviation mechanic. Mr. Matsuoka passed away on March 1, 2012.

(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.)

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Jill Shiraki, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer

Preserving California's Japantowns Collection

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