Jim M. Tanimoto
Nisei male. Born June 3, 1923, in Marysville, California. Grew up in Marysville, California, eventually moving to Gridley, California. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, removed with family to the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Refused to sign the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," and was removed with most other young men in Tule Lake's Block 42 to a former CCC camp in Tulelake, California. Still refused to sign the questionnaire, but was returned to Tule Lake after WRA officials concluded he had been influenced by older group members. Family was released early and returned to their home in Gridley in February of 1944. After the war, became a successful farmer growing kiwi fruit in Gridley.