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Manzanar National Historic Site Collection ddr-manz-1

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Mary Blocher Smeltzer Interview (ddr-manz-1-38)
vh Mary Blocher Smeltzer Interview (ddr-manz-1-38)
White female. Born in 1915 in Texas. Grew up in La Verne, California, where family was active with the Church of the Brethren. During World War II, lived in the Manzanar concentration camp, California, and worked as a teacher there. Along with husband, established a hostel in Chicago, Illinois, for Japanese Americans leaving the camps.
Kinge Okauchi Interview (ddr-manz-1-39)
vh Kinge Okauchi Interview (ddr-manz-1-39)
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 the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and Topaz concentration camp, Utah. While in Topaz, worked for the recreation department organizing a summer camp for kids. Attended Stanford University after leaving camp, and …
George Kikuta Interview (ddr-manz-1-40)
vh George Kikuta Interview (ddr-manz-1-40)
Kibei male. Born March 3, 1942, in Los Angeles, California. At only a few months of age, removed to the Manzanar and Tule Lake concentration camps, California. Expatriated to Japan with family during World War II. Grew up in Japan before returning to Los Angeles for high school. Later studied accounting, and became one of the …
Tom Ikkanda Interview (ddr-manz-1-41)
vh Tom Ikkanda Interview (ddr-manz-1-41)
Nisei male. Born August 22, 1917, in Los Angeles, California. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Worked for a reservoir maintenance crew in camp. Left camp for Reno, Nevada, finding work as an aviation mechanic. Later returned to Los Angeles, establishing a business as an auto mechanic.
Dorothy Ikkanda Interview (ddr-manz-1-42)
vh Dorothy Ikkanda Interview (ddr-manz-1-42)
Nisei female. Born February 10, 1921, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Santa Monica, California. Married prior to World War II. During the war, removed with husband to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Left camp for Reno, Nevada, and eventually moved to Los Angeles.
Ayako Nishi Fujimoto - Kyoko Nishi Tanaka - Nancy Nishi Interview (ddr-manz-1-43)
vh Ayako Nishi Fujimoto - Kyoko Nishi Tanaka - Nancy Nishi Interview (ddr-manz-1-43)
Nisei females. Ayako Nishi Fujimoto born January 28, 1930, Kyoko Nishi Tanaka born February 26, 1927, and Nancy Nishi born June 25, 1936. Grew up near Los Angeles, California, where parents ran a nursery business. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, all three sisters were removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Following the war, returned …
Fumie I. Shimada Interview (ddr-manz-1-44)
vh Fumie I. Shimada Interview (ddr-manz-1-44)
Nisei female. Born July 7, 1939, in Sparks, Nevada. Grew up in Sparks, where father worked as a machinist for the Southern Pacific Railroad for twenty-two years. In February 1942, father was fired from his job. Over forty years later, Ms. Shimada fought successfully for redress for the fired railroad workers and their families.
Taeko Joanne Iritani (ddr-manz-1-45)
vh Taeko Joanne Iritani (ddr-manz-1-45)
Nisei female. Born September 21, 1929, in Bakersfield, California. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was removed to the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. After leaving camp, returned with family to Bakersfield before eventually moving to Sacramento, California.
Gloria Toshiko Imagire Interview (ddr-manz-1-46)
vh Gloria Toshiko Imagire Interview (ddr-manz-1-46)
Nisei female. Born June 25, 1935, in Vacaville, California. Grew up in Vacaville before being removed to the Turlock Assembly Center, California, and the Gila River concentration camp, Arizona, during World War II. After the war, lived briefly with parents in Ogden, Utah, before returning to the Sacramento area.
Tommy T. Kushi Interview (ddr-manz-1-47)
vh Tommy T. Kushi Interview (ddr-manz-1-47)
Nisei male. Born February 1, 1924, in Florin, California. Grew up in Florin, where family operated a farm. During World War II, was removed to the Marysville Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Left camp and settled in Chicago, Illinois.
Carol Hirabara Hironaka Interview (ddr-manz-1-48)
vh Carol Hirabara Hironaka Interview (ddr-manz-1-48)
Nisei female. Born January 25, 1925, in Florin, California. Grew up in Florin, where parents operated a farm. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Returned to Florin after the war.
Fusako Yamamoto Interview (ddr-manz-1-49)
vh Fusako Yamamoto Interview (ddr-manz-1-49)
Nisei female. Born March 29, 1920, in Sacramento, California, where father owned and operated a restaurant, and mother taught Japanese language school. During World War II, removed to the Marysville Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Left camp to work in Chicago before eventually returning to Sacramento.
Taketora Jim Tanaka Interview (ddr-manz-1-50)
vh Taketora Jim Tanaka Interview (ddr-manz-1-50)
Nisei male. Born January 2, 1926, in Sacramento, California. Grew up in Sacramento, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Marysville Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Transferred to the Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Drafted into the army, and served with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Italy. Following …
Mary Suzuki Ichino Interview I (ddr-manz-1-51)
vh Mary Suzuki Ichino Interview I (ddr-manz-1-51)
Nisei female. Born December 9, 1924, in Stockton, California. Grew up Sacramento and Boyle Heights, California. Attended the Maryknoll Catholic school in Los Angeles. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, returned to Los Angeles and worked for the War Relocation Authority, providing assistance to returning Japanese Americans seeking …
Mary Suzuki Ichino Interview II (ddr-manz-1-52)
vh Mary Suzuki Ichino Interview II (ddr-manz-1-52)
Nisei female. Born December 9, 1924, in Stockton, California. Grew up Sacramento and Boyle Heights, California. Attended the Maryknoll Catholic school in Los Angeles. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, returned to Los Angeles and worked for the War Relocation Authority, providing assistance to returning Japanese Americans seeking …
Marian Uyematsu Naito Interview (ddr-manz-1-53)
vh Marian Uyematsu Naito Interview (ddr-manz-1-53)
Nisei female. Born November 30, 1927, in Montebello, California. Grew up in Montebello where father ran a wholesale nursery business. During World War II, removed with family to the Pomona Assembly Center and Manzanar concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, attended UCLA before returning to California and establishing a nursery business.
Shimako
vh Shimako "Sally" Kitano Interview (ddr-manz-1-54)
Nisei female. Born April 6, 1932, in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Grew up on Bainbridge, and was eight years old when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Removed with family to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Before the war was over, moved to Chicago, Illinois. Returned to Bainbridge Island after World War II.
Takeshi Minato Interview (ddr-manz-1-57)
vh Takeshi Minato Interview (ddr-manz-1-57)
Nisei male. Born July 13, 1922, in Park City, Utah. Family moved several times prior to World War II, and was living in Terminal Island, California, when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California, during the war. After the war, lived and worked in Chicago, Illinois, and Seabrook, …
Henry Nakano Interview (ddr-manz-1-58)
vh Henry Nakano Interview (ddr-manz-1-58)
Nisei male. Born May 11, 1927, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles, where father ran a grocery store and then a small farm. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Trained in the Military Intelligence Service Language School.
Roy Murakami Interview (ddr-manz-1-59)
vh Roy Murakami Interview (ddr-manz-1-59)
Nisei male. Born January 15, 1931, in Los Angeles, California. Prior to World War II, father was a community leader who helped to establish the first judo dojo in Los Angeles. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Following the war, served in the military during the Korean War, and eventually returned …
Henry Nishi Interview I (ddr-manz-1-60)
vh Henry Nishi Interview I (ddr-manz-1-60)
Nisei male. Born March 20, 1919, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in several cities in California, where father owned and operated several nurseries and a landscaping business. Attended University of California at Davis prior to World War II. During the war, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California, where, along with a group of friends, …
George Uchida - Leo Uchida Interview (ddr-manz-1-61)
vh George Uchida - Leo Uchida Interview (ddr-manz-1-61)
Nisei males, brothers. Mr. George Uchida was born March 14, 1929, and Mr. Leo Uchida was born June 15, 1926, both in Florin, California. Grew up in Florin as part of a very large family. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Following the war, George Served in the Air Force and …
Yukiko Miyahara Interview (ddr-manz-1-62)
vh Yukiko Miyahara Interview (ddr-manz-1-62)
Nisei female. Born November 29, 1919, in Venice, California. Married in Venice prior to World War II, and had a child only a few days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas. Transferred with family to the Tule Lake concentration …
Susumu Iwasaki Interview (ddr-manz-1-63)
vh Susumu Iwasaki Interview (ddr-manz-1-63)
Nisei male. Born June 18, 1927, in Terminal Island, California. Grew up in Terminal Island before being removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California, during World War II. Joined the Military Intelligence Service, working as an interpreter in Japan during the U.S. occupation. Married in Japan and eventually returned to California.
Henry Nishi Interview II (ddr-manz-1-64)
vh Henry Nishi Interview II (ddr-manz-1-64)
Nisei male. Born March 20, 1919, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in several cities in California, where father owned and operated several nurseries and a landscaping business. Attended University of California at Davis prior to World War II. During the war, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California, where, along with a group of friends, …

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