Roy Ebihara Interview Segment 13

Born in New Mexico, delivered by a veterinarian (ddr-densho-1000-222-1) - 00:02:08
Father's work as a skilled machinist with the Santa Fe railroad (ddr-densho-1000-222-2) - 00:02:30
Parents' arranged marriage (ddr-densho-1000-222-3) - 00:02:10
Father's work with the railroad (ddr-densho-1000-222-4) - 00:03:09
Life in prewar Clovis, New Mexico; interacting with non-Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-222-5) - 00:07:07
Tragic story of brother: brilliant student, killed at an early age (ddr-densho-1000-222-6) - 00:04:30
Description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-222-7) - 00:02:10
Earning pocket money as children selling items to travelers (ddr-densho-1000-222-8) - 00:02:21
Encountering bullying and racism in school (ddr-densho-1000-222-9) - 00:02:01
Recreational activities in Clovis, New Mexico: celebrating holidays (ddr-densho-1000-222-10) - 00:04:06
Growing up Christian, being the only Japanese family allowed in the Christian church (ddr-densho-1000-222-11) - 00:03:49
The effects of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on family and community (ddr-densho-1000-222-12) - 00:05:50
Afraid of attack by townspeople after Pearl Harbor: "we lived in mortal fear" (ddr-densho-1000-222-13) - 00:02:32
Driven out of Clovis, New Mexico, by a mob of angry townspeople (ddr-densho-1000-222-14) - 00:05:23
Arrival at the Old Raton Ranch, New Mexico (ddr-densho-1000-222-15) - 00:03:30
Daily life at Old Raton Ranch: unable to attend school (ddr-densho-1000-222-16) - 00:04:59
Being transported to the Topaz concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-222-17) - 00:03:05
First impressions of Topaz: ostracized by Japanese Americans from the West Coast (ddr-densho-1000-222-18) - 00:02:36
Brother has difficulty in camp because of his stance supporting Japanese Americans volunteering for the military (ddr-densho-1000-222-19) - 00:05:50
Sister taking a stand for civil liberties and threatening to walk out of camp (ddr-densho-1000-222-20) - 00:02:30
Bullied by other children in camp (ddr-densho-1000-222-21) - 00:03:14
Leaving camp and becoming the first Japanese American family in Cleveland, Ohio (ddr-densho-1000-222-22) - 00:04:08
Father's job as the first Japanese alien to work in a war plant (ddr-densho-1000-222-23) - 00:03:25
Getting involved with the "wrong crowd" as an adolescent: feeling angry about being Japanese American (ddr-densho-1000-222-24) - 00:04:50
Living and working in Sacramento, being drafted (ddr-densho-1000-222-25) - 00:03:38
Meeting Eleanor Roosevelt while serving in the army (ddr-densho-1000-222-26) - 00:03:30
Enrolling at Ohio State, studying optometry (ddr-densho-1000-222-27) - 00:04:42
Getting married (ddr-densho-1000-222-28) - 00:01:32
Establishing a optometry practice (ddr-densho-1000-222-29) - 00:01:56
Involvement with community organizations (ddr-densho-1000-222-30) - 00:03:17
Raising children (ddr-densho-1000-222-31) - 00:01:45
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-222-32) - 00:02:59
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Afraid of attack by townspeople after Pearl Harbor: "we lived in mortal fear"

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July 5, 2008

Densho Visual History Collection


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Roy Ebihara

Roy Ebihara Interview

01:51:12 — 32 segments

July 5, 2008

Denver, Colorado

Nisei male. Born January 11, 1934, in Clovis, New Mexico, where father worked for the Santa Fe Railroad. On January 19, 1942, officials rounded up all of the Japanese Americans in Clovis and removed them from the town without warning in the middle of the night in response to an angry mob of townspeople who were threatening the Japanese Americans. They were taken to an unused former CCC camp, Old Raton Ranch, where they were held under guard until the end of 1942. Mr. Ebihara and his family were then transferred to the Topaz concentration camp, Utah, and then resettled in Cleveland, Ohio. Remained in Ohio and established a successful optometry practice.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


Courtesy of Densho