Grant Hirabayashi Interview Segment 4

Father's family background: immigration to the U.S. because of religious beliefs (ddr-densho-1000-183-1) - 00:06:40
Description of mother and siblings (ddr-densho-1000-183-2) - 00:04:16
Childhood memories of Thomas, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-183-3) - 00:04:26
Growing up on the same farm as Gordon Hirabayashi (ddr-densho-1000-183-4) - 00:03:26
Childhood interests in things other than education (ddr-densho-1000-183-5) - 00:01:29
Parents' involvement in the Japanese non-church movement (ddr-densho-1000-183-6) - 00:01:11
Deciding to go to Japan at age twelve (ddr-densho-1000-183-7) - 00:06:01
Adjusting to life in Japan as a child (ddr-densho-1000-183-8) - 00:04:49
Barred by father from returning to U.S. until completion of high school (ddr-densho-1000-183-9) - 00:07:38
Returning to the U.S. rather than join the Japanese military (ddr-densho-1000-183-10) - 00:05:39
Making the adjustment to attending school in the U.S. (ddr-densho-1000-183-11) - 00:01:54
Feeling torn between American and Japanese identity (ddr-densho-1000-183-12) - 00:01:51
Enlisting in the military just prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-183-13) - 00:04:43
Being placed in 'protective custody' with other Japanese American soldiers (ddr-densho-1000-183-14) - 00:06:26
Working for the military as a flight clerk (ddr-densho-1000-183-15) - 00:06:45
Joining the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-1000-183-16) - 00:05:07
Description of curriculum and class structure at Fort Snelling (ddr-densho-1000-183-17) - 00:05:45
Visiting family in Tule Lake, being guarded by "a soldier wearing the same uniform as mine" (ddr-densho-1000-183-18) - 00:04:15
Volunteering for a dangerous mission: "I knew I had to prove something" (ddr-densho-1000-183-19) - 00:04:07
Preparation for secret mission in the Pacific (ddr-densho-1000-183-20) - 00:04:43
Training in India (ddr-densho-1000-183-21) - 00:02:46
Discovering food allergies while training for combat (ddr-densho-1000-183-22) - 00:03:59
Description of mission in Burma (ddr-densho-1000-183-23) - 00:04:26
Descriptions of fellow soldiers' outstanding work in the field (ddr-densho-1000-183-24) - 00:09:43
Dealing with the hardships of dysentery and food allergies (ddr-densho-1000-183-25) - 00:04:09
Description of dramatic siege at Nhpum Ga (ddr-densho-1000-183-26) - 00:05:37
Temporarily leaving unit to recover from illness (ddr-densho-1000-183-27) - 00:06:32
Called a traitor by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-1000-183-28) - 00:04:21
Interrogating 'comfort women' in Myitkyina (ddr-densho-1000-183-29) - 00:06:20
Parting ways with 'Merrill's Marauders' (ddr-densho-1000-183-30) - 00:03:37
Hearing rumors of development of the atomic bomb while in China (ddr-densho-1000-183-31) - 00:05:56
Interrogating Japanese prisoners of war (ddr-densho-1000-183-32) - 00:03:31
Working as a personal interpreter for General McClure (ddr-densho-1000-183-33) - 00:06:12
Witnessing the Japanese surrender ceremony (ddr-densho-1000-183-34) - 00:04:16
Returning to the United States (ddr-densho-1000-183-35) - 00:04:46
Meeting future wife (ddr-densho-1000-183-36) - 00:02:13
Getting married and then transferring to Japan (ddr-densho-1000-183-37) - 00:03:41
Involvement with the war crimes trials in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-183-38) - 00:03:39
Witnessing the devastation in Hiroshima after the atomic bombing (ddr-densho-1000-183-39) - 00:03:51
The covert nature of the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-1000-183-40) - 00:02:09
Postwar career: working for the State Department and Library of Congress (ddr-densho-1000-183-41) - 00:03:26
Importance of the National Japanese American Memorial (ddr-densho-1000-183-42) - 00:03:03
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Growing up on the same farm as Gordon Hirabayashi

00:03:26 — Segment 4 of 42

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January 11, 2006

Densho Visual History Collection


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Grant Hirabayashi

Grant Hirabayashi Interview

03:09:24 — 42 segments

January 11, 2006

Seattle, Washington

Kibei male. Born November 9, 1919, in Thomas, Washington. Went to Japan at age twelve, attended school, and returned to the U.S. as a high school student. Enlisted in the army just prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and was eventually recruited for the Military Intelligence Service. Selected as one of fourteen Japanese Americans to fight with "Merrill's Marauders." After the war, worked in Japan during the U.S. occupation, and became involved with the war crimes trials. Went on to work for the State Department and the Library of Congress.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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