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Nancy Sawada Miyagishima

Sansei female. Born September 17, 1930, in Sacramento, California. Spent childhood in Sacramento where mother and stepfather worked on strawberry fields. Sent to live with relatives in Fort Lupton, Colorado, after mother passed away in March 1941. Unable to return to West Coast after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Extended family moved to Colorado during "voluntary evacuation" period. Stepfather and younger sister removed to Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas, where they renounced citizenship and repatriated to Japan in 1946. Attended high school in Brighton and Denver, Colorado. Married husband, Alfred Miyagishima, and worked as a dental assistant until retirement.


Nancy Sawada Miyagishima