Jimmie S. Matsuda Interview Segment 3

Father's family background (ddr-densho-1000-311-1) - 00:00:59
Mother's family background (ddr-densho-1000-311-2) - 00:07:27
Growing up in Hood River, Oregon (ddr-densho-1000-311-3) - 00:01:46
Attending school, being called a "Jap" (ddr-densho-1000-311-4) - 00:02:54
Attending Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1000-311-5) - 00:04:45
Participating in community events (ddr-densho-1000-311-6) - 00:03:58
Family decides to visit Japan (ddr-densho-1000-311-7) - 00:05:11
Getting sick in Japan, remaining with mother while father returned to Oregon (ddr-densho-1000-311-8) - 00:04:24
Attending school in Japan, being teased for being American (ddr-densho-1000-311-9) - 00:03:56
Progressing through Japanese grades in school (ddr-densho-1000-311-10) - 00:06:04
Being watched by the Japanese government after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-311-11) - 00:04:58
Joining the Japanese air force (ddr-densho-1000-311-12) - 00:03:44
Training as a kamikaze pilot (ddr-densho-1000-311-13) - 00:07:53
The prestige of being a kamikaze pilot (ddr-densho-1000-311-14) - 00:02:18
Parents' pride in son's military service (ddr-densho-1000-311-15) - 00:07:01
The pressures felt by kamikaze pilots (ddr-densho-1000-311-16) - 00:02:26
Being held back from combat to serve as a translator (ddr-densho-1000-311-17) - 00:03:20
Hearing about the end of war: reactions in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-311-18) - 00:05:59
The fear in Japan of an American invasion (ddr-densho-1000-311-19) - 00:01:43
Being released from the military, observing war-torn Japan (ddr-densho-1000-311-20) - 00:04:04
Working as an interpreter for the U.S. military (ddr-densho-1000-311-21) - 00:03:53
Not disclosing Japanese military service while working for the U.S. military (ddr-densho-1000-311-22) - 00:04:36
Meeting Nisei in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-311-23) - 00:03:29
Description of the black market (ddr-densho-1000-311-24) - 00:02:03
Being drafted by the U.S. Army (ddr-densho-1000-311-25) - 00:04:33
Deciding to return to the U.S. (ddr-densho-1000-311-26) - 00:03:11
Returning to the U.S. and finding work (ddr-densho-1000-311-27) - 00:02:32
Meeting future wife and getting married (ddr-densho-1000-311-28) - 00:01:36
Talking to family about experiences in Japan during the war (ddr-densho-1000-311-29) - 00:05:15
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-311-30) - 00:03:29
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Growing up in Hood River, Oregon

00:01:46 — Segment 3 of 30

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January 25, 2011

Densho Visual History Collection


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Jimmie S. Matsuda

Jimmie S. Matsuda Interview

01:59:27 — 30 segments

January 25, 2011

San Jose, California

Nisei male. Born June 16, 1927, in Hood River, Oregon. Grew up in Hood River, where parents ran a farm. At the age of thirteen, went to Japan with family for a vacation and ended up staying there. Attended school in Japan and then was trained in the Japanese air force as a kamikaze pilot. Instead of being sent into combat, served as a translator because of English language skills. After the war, worked for the U.S. military as an interpreter during the U.S. occupation of Japan. Returned to the United States in the 1950s.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Steve Fugita, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


Courtesy of Densho