Narrators

Narrators are the interview subjects of oral histories contained in the Densho Digital Repository. Our interviewees, or narrators, share their life histories to preserve history, educate the public, and promote tolerance. We urge our users to approach these materials in the same spirit.

852 narrators

Marian A. Ohashi

Nisei female. Born July 16, 1919, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, where parents ran a dry cleaning business. During ...

Robert T. Ohashi

Nisei male. Born July 24, 1925, in Ketchikan, Alaska. Grew up in Ketchikan, where parents ran a store. During World War II, was removed to ...

Don Oka

Nisei male. Born January 5, 1920. During World War II, served as a translator with the Military Intelligence Service in Alasaka, Saipan and Tinian.

Shig Oka

Nisei male. Born July 28, 1930, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland, where father worked for the railroad and then as an apartment building ...

Mas Okabe

Nisei male. Born 1929 in Sacramento, California. Grew up in Sacramento, where parents operated a restaurant. During World War II, removed to the Merced Assembly ...

Shirley Nagatomi Okabe

Nisei female. Born February 7, 1937, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco, where father was a prominent Buddhist minister. During World War ...

Sue Takimoto Okabe

Nisei female. Born 1928 in Tacoma, Washington, moved with her family to Seattle at age four. At age six, began singing, taking voice lessons and ...

Katsumi Okamoto

Nisei male. Born July 5, 1926, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, where parents owned and operated a grocery store. Following the bombing of ...

Sachiye Okamoto

Nisei female. Born 1937 in Terminal Island, California. Grew up in Terminal Island, where father was a fisherman. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father ...

Sumi Okamoto

Nisei female. Born January 7, 1920, in Seattle, Washington. Spent childhood in Spokane, Washington, where father worked for the Alaska Junk Company. Attended Irving Grade ...

Toshikazu "Tosh" Okamoto

Nisei male. Born October 8, 1926, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Renton, Washington, where father operated a farm. During World War II, was removed ...

Kinge Okauchi

Nisei male. Born May 20, 1924, in Sacramento, California. Grew up in Sacramento and Menlo Park, California. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to ...

Joyce Okazaki

Sansei female. Grew up in Los Angeles, California, and was a young child when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. During World War II, removed ...

Kato Okazaki

Nisei male. Born 1923, and grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington, prior to World War II. During the war, removed with family to the Manzanar ...

Ruth Y. Okimoto

Nisei female. Born April 15, 1936, in Tokyo, Japan. Brought to the United States with parents at the age of one, and grew up in ...

Fred Okrand

White male. Born 1918. Former longtime legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. Was an advocate for civil rights throughout his ...

Don Okubo

Nisei male. Born January 22, 1919. During World War II, volunteered for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and eventually transferred to the Military Intelligence Service. ...

Mas Okui

Nisei male. Born October 4, 1931, in Los Angeles, California. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, returned ...

Kenneth Okuma

Nisei male. Born September 19, 1917, in Hanapepe, Hawaii. During World War II, served with I Company, part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an ...

Toyoko Okumura

Nisei female. Born October 14, 1916, in Gardena, California. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the ...

Akiko Okuno

Nisei female. Born 1926 in Gilroy, California. Grew up in the Gilroy area, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the ...

Art Okuno

Nisei male. Born September 15, 1921, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco, and was attending the University of California at Berkeley when ...

Charles Olds

White male. Born 1913 in Karuizawa, Japan, to missionary parents. Attended Canadian school in Kobe, Japan, before coming to the United States with his older ...

Frank K. Omatsu

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 ...

Chizuko Omori

Nisei female. Born 1930 in Oxnard, California. Family resided in Oceanside, California, when World War II broke out. Removed with family to the Poston (Colorado ...
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