James "Turk" Suzuki Interview Segment 1

Family background (ddr-densho-1000-204-1) - 00:03:08
Father's family history (ddr-densho-1000-204-2) - 00:07:59
Mother's background, a college graduate in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-204-3) - 00:06:07
Description of parents (ddr-densho-1000-204-4) - 00:03:16
Family's hotel business (ddr-densho-1000-204-5) - 00:04:54
Description of siblings, American names versus Japanese names (ddr-densho-1000-204-6) - 00:03:44
Attending elementary school and Japanese language school as a child (ddr-densho-1000-204-7) - 00:04:46
Remembering recreational and community activities during childhood (ddr-densho-1000-204-8) - 00:04:44
Fond memories of high school, working as a delivery boy for a grocery store (ddr-densho-1000-204-9) - 00:02:53
Unable to graduate before mass removal, participating in a graduation ceremony in camp (ddr-densho-1000-204-10) - 00:02:35
Visiting father after his arrest by FBI and asking guard, "What sort of justice is this?" (ddr-densho-1000-204-11) - 00:06:42
Memories of mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-204-12) - 00:04:03
A teenager in camp (ddr-densho-1000-204-13) - 00:01:29
Working on the coal crew in camp (ddr-densho-1000-204-14) - 00:05:53
Deciding to volunteer for the army, reactions of parents and friends (ddr-densho-1000-204-15) - 00:09:35
(ddr-densho-1000-204-16) - 00:03:41
Visiting Seattle after being inducted into the army (ddr-densho-1000-204-17) - 00:05:24
Adjusting to basic training, meeting Hawaiian Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-1000-204-18) - 00:03:50
Saying goodbye to parents before being shipped overseas (ddr-densho-1000-204-19) - 00:03:34
Changing battalions overseas (ddr-densho-1000-204-20) - 00:05:23
Losing fellow soldier in a "friendly fire" incident: a devastating loss (ddr-densho-1000-204-21) - 00:13:11
Mentally dealing with the loss of friend (ddr-densho-1000-204-22) - 00:03:28
Receiving protection from a farmer and his family while on a mission in Italy (ddr-densho-1000-204-23) - 00:07:15
Being reunited with Italian farmer years later (ddr-densho-1000-204-24) - 00:10:10
Role in the rescue of the "Lost Battalion" (ddr-densho-1000-204-25) - 00:05:20
An acute case of trenchfoot brings end to military service (ddr-densho-1000-204-26) - 00:04:34
Reuniting with parents after military service (ddr-densho-1000-204-27) - 00:04:55
Getting married and raising children (ddr-densho-1000-204-28) - 00:03:50
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Family background

00:03:08 — Segment 1 of 28

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November 7, 2007

Densho Visual History Collection


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James "Turk" Suzuki

James "Turk" Suzuki Interview

02:26:23 — 28 segments

November 7, 2007

Las Vegas, Nevada

Nisei male. Born October 17, 1923, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, Washington, before being incarcerated in the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Volunteered in the 442nd Regimental Combat team out of camp, and eventually returned to Seattle after World War II.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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