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

Wesley K. Watanabe

Ni-ten-gosei (Nisei/Sansei) male. Born May 20, 1935, in Tacoma, Washington. Spent early childhood in Kent, Washington, and was removed with family to the Pinedale Assembly ...

Bill Watanabe

Nisei male. Born January 5, 1944, in the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After World War II, left camp with family for the Los Angeles area, ...

Michi Weglyn

Nisei female, born November 29, 1926, in Stockton, California. Raised in Brentwood, California, before being incarcerated at Gila River, Arizona. Graduated from high school in ...

Jane Wehrey

White female. Born and raised in Lone Pine, California, a town near where Manazanar concentration camp was established.

Marianne West

Nisei female. Born November 4, 1926, in Seattle, Washington. Family lived in Leavenworth, Washington, then moved to the West Coast. After the outbreak of World ...

Virgil W. Westdale

Male of Japanese and European ancestry. Born July 8, 1918, in Millersburg, Indiana. Grew up on family farms in Indiana and Michigan. Became a licensed ...

Dorothy J. Whitlock

White female, born 1934 in Arkansas. During World War II, father was the project director of the Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas, and Dorothy, along with ...

Margie Y. Wong

Nisei female. Born July 5, 1936, in Boyle Heights, California, where father ran a wholesale grocery business. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar ...

Mary Woodward

White female. Daughter of Walt and Milly Woodward, publishers of The Bainbridge Review, which, during World War II, was the sole newspaper on the West ...

Walt Woodward

White male. Born February 25, 1910, in Seattle, Washington. Co-publisher (with his wife Milly) and editor of the newspaper, The Bainbridge Review, from 1935-1963. During ...

Shig Yabu

Nisei male. Born June 13, 1932, in San Francisco, California. During World War II, removed to the Pomona Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain ...

Chiyoko Yagi

Nisei female. Born July 25, 1920, in San Juan Bautista, California. Raised in Watsonville, California, and married prior to World War II. During the war, ...

Kan Yagi

Nisei male. Born July 31, 1926, in Kelton, Utah. Grew up in Kelton, where father worked for the railroad. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, ...

Kenji J. Yaguchi

Nisei male. Born December 22, 1922, in Tacoma, Washington. Grew up in the nearby town of Fife, Washington, where parents ran a farm. During World ...

George Yamada

Nisei male. Born November 16, 1923, in Spokane, Washington. Spent childhood in downtown Spokane where parents ran the World Hotel. Father also worked as a ...

Gordon Yamada

Nisei male, born 1924. Served with the Military Intelligence Service during the postwar occupation of Japan.

Henry Bruno Yamada

Nisei male. Born 1923 on the Island of Kauai, Hawaii. Volunteered for military service shortly after graduating from High School. Served in the 442nd Regimental ...

Mae Iseri Yamada

Nisei female. Born August 22, 1918, in Thomas, Washington. Grew up in Thomas, where parents ran a grocery store and farm. After the bombing of ...

Mitsuye May Yamada

Female, child of Issei parents. Born July 5, 1923, in Fukuoka, Japan while her mother and two older Nisei brothers visited relatives. Named Mitsuye Mei ...

Minoru Yamaguchi

Nisei male. Born 1940 in Spreckels, California. Soon after Minoru was born, father decided to move the family to Japan. Lived in Japan during World ...

Eiko Yamaichi

Nisei female. Born in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Snoqualmie, Washington, where father worked for the Weyerhaeuser company before the war. During World War II, ...

Jimi Yamaichi

Nisei male. Born October 27, 1922. Grew up in San Jose, California, where his father had a farming operation. Incarcerated in the Pomona Assembly Center, ...

Joe Yamakido

Nisei male. Born March 3, 1922, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in various cities in California, and was living in Harbor City, California, when ...

Donald Yamamoto

Nisei male. Born 1930 in San Jose, California. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration ...

Emi Yamamoto

Nisei female. Born October 3, 1919, in Fresno, California. Grew up in Watsonville, California, helping on family's strawberry farm. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, ...
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