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Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-153-3)
vh Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-153-3)
Growing up in Laguna, California, having an American nickname

Although Mr. Matsumoto does not identify himself as a Kibei (American-born person of Japanese ancestry sent to Japan for formal education and socialization when young and later returned to the U.S.), some of his life experiences are similar to those who do identify themselves as such.

Family on an outing (ddr-densho-107-11)
img Family on an outing (ddr-densho-107-11)
Visit to Hollywood Mountain. Left to right: Uncle Frank Matsumoto, Noboru (fourth son), Tsutomu (third son), Takeshi (second son), and Roy (eldest son). Tei Matsumoto, mother of all the children, standing behind children.
Japanese Americans driving a team of horses (ddr-densho-107-3)
img Japanese Americans driving a team of horses (ddr-densho-107-3)
Left to right: Mr. Zaimoku, Roy Matsumoto, Takeshi Matsumoto and Mrs. Zaimoku. Mr. Zaimoku came from the same village as Roy's grandfather Wakamatsu Matsumoto in Hiroshima, Japan.
Three siblings (ddr-densho-107-7)
img Three siblings (ddr-densho-107-7)
Left to right: Second son, Tak (Takeshi), third son, Tom (Tsutomu), and first son, Roy (Hiroshi).
Children sitting under a pepper tree (ddr-densho-107-18)
img Children sitting under a pepper tree (ddr-densho-107-18)
Front row (L to R): Hiroshi Tawa, Roy Matsumoto, Harue, Noboru, Takeshi, and Tsutomu. Back row (L to R): unknown, unknown, Setsuko Tawa, Violet Tawa, Tsuneo Tawa, and Haruko Tawa (cousin of Violet).
Family photograph (ddr-densho-107-6)
img Family photograph (ddr-densho-107-6)
Front row (L to R): Roy, Takeshi. Middle row (L to R): Frank Matsumoto (Roy's uncle), Aunty Kitahara (Grandfather's cousin) on her lap, Tsutomu (Tom), Mrs. Muranaka. Back row (L to R): Tei Matsumoto (Roy's mother), Yasaku Muranaka (Roy's Grandfather's half brother).
Child with a broken leg (ddr-densho-107-13)
img Child with a broken leg (ddr-densho-107-13)
A family horse named "Joe" kicked Roy Matsumoto's left shin while following the horse while it was led by Uncle Frank, who was repairing an irrigation canal on the farm property.
Uncle and nephew making a snowman (ddr-densho-107-10)
img Uncle and nephew making a snowman (ddr-densho-107-10)
Roy Matsumoto (standing) making a snowman with Uncle Frank Matsumoto. Snow was a rare occasion in southern California.
Family harvesting onions (ddr-densho-107-5)
img Family harvesting onions (ddr-densho-107-5)
Left to right: Heisaku Nakatani (farm hand who came to the U.S. from the same village as Roy's grandfather, Wakamatsu Matsumoto, in Hiroshima, Japan), Roy, Takeshi, and Roy's mother, Tei Matsumoto.
Children standing outside a home (ddr-densho-107-17)
img Children standing outside a home (ddr-densho-107-17)
These children are standing between a Model T Ford truck and car. Front row (L to R): Harue Matsumoto, Noboru, Takeshi, Tsune Tawa, Tsutomu. Back row (L to R): Violet Tawa, Roy, Haruko Tawa, Setsuko and Hiroshi Tawa.
Children sitting around a table (ddr-densho-107-16)
img Children sitting around a table (ddr-densho-107-16)
Front row (L to R): Tsutomu, Takeshi, Hiroshi Tawa, Roy Matsumoto. Back row (L to R): Noboru, Haruko Tawa, Tsuneo Tawa, Violet and Setsuko Tawa.
Two children with their pets (ddr-densho-107-2)
img Two children with their pets (ddr-densho-107-2)
Left to right: Takeshi Matsumoto and Roy Hiroshi Matsumoto. Takeshi is teasing the family cat as Roy and family dog look on.
Harvesting onions (ddr-densho-107-12)
img Harvesting onions (ddr-densho-107-12)
Left to right: Mr. Heisaku Nakatani, who worked for Matsumoto Ranch, Roy, Takeshi, and Tei Matsumoto.
Children under pepper tree (ddr-densho-107-15)
img Children under pepper tree (ddr-densho-107-15)
Front row (L to R): Roy Matsumoto's brother Tom, Noboru. Middle row (L to R): Roy, Violet Tawa, Tsuneo Tawa. Back row (L to R): Takeshi, Hiroshi Tawa, Setsuko Tawa, and Violet's cousin Haruko.
Family on a dock (ddr-densho-107-8)
img Family on a dock (ddr-densho-107-8)
Front row (L to R): Takeshi, Roy, Uncle Frank Matsumoto. Back row (L to R): unknown, Mr. Nakatani, unknown, Roy's grandfather Wakamatsu Matsumoto, Mrs. Kitahara, unknown, Mrs. Muranaka, unknown, Tom (baby) held by Roy's mother, Tei Matsumoto. This picture was taken by Roy's father, Wakaji, when Roy's grandfather left for Japan to retire.
Two children playing with a toy (ddr-densho-107-4)
img Two children playing with a toy (ddr-densho-107-4)
Caption on back of photo reads: Hiro-bo (Hiroshi) and Take-bo (Takeshi) playing with a toy fire engine.
Roy Matsumoto Interview (ddr-densho-1004-9)
vh Roy Matsumoto Interview (ddr-densho-1004-9)
Nisei male. Born May 1, 1913, in Laguna, California. Lived in Japan from childhood through teenage years, before returning to the United States during high school. Incarcerated in the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas. Volunteered for the U.S. army in 1942, and was inducted in the Military Intelligence Service. Selected ...

Narrator Roy H. Matsumoto

Nisei male. Born May 1, 1913, in Laguna, California. Lived in Japan from childhood through teenage years, before returning to the United States during high school. Incarcerated in the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas. Volunteered for the U.S. army in 1942, and was inducted in the Military Intelligence Service. Selected ...
Roy Matsumoto Interview (ddr-densho-1001-40)
vh Roy Matsumoto Interview (ddr-densho-1001-40)
Nisei male. Born May 1, 1913, in Laguna, California. Lived in Japan from childhood through teenage years, before returning to the United States during high school. Incarcerated in the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas. Volunteered for the U.S. army in 1942, and was inducted in the Military Intelligence Service. Selected ...
Roy H. Matsumoto Interview (ddr-densho-1000-153)
vh Roy H. Matsumoto Interview (ddr-densho-1000-153)
Nisei male. Born May 1, 1913, in Laguna, California. Lived in Japan from childhood through teenage years, before returning to the United States during high school. Incarcerated in the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas. Volunteered for the U.S. army in 1942, and was inducted in the Military Intelligence Service. Selected ...
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