Dave Kawamoto

Nisei male. Born December 16, 1916 in Cupertino, California. Attended San Jose State College, where he was an NCAA wrestling champion. Immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, tried to enlist in the U.S. Air Corps, but was refused on account of his Japanese ancestry. Was one semester short of earning a business degree when he was removed with his family to the Pomona Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Was one of the Heart Mountain resisters of conscience, and stood trial in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for resisting the draft in 1944. After World War II, went into civil service and a fruit-selling business. Mr. Kawamoto passed away in 1993, and was posthumously awarded his business degree from San Jose State.

Interviews

Dave Kawamoto Interview — ddr-densho-122-9
August 1993. Los Angeles, California.
00:40:47 — 12 segments.
Dave Kawamoto
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