Henry Miyatake Interview III Segment 5

Driving to Alaska to take a job with the Civil Aeronautics Administration (ddr-densho-1000-55-1) - 00:07:17
Studying weather systems for the Civil Aeronautics Administration (ddr-densho-1000-55-2) - 00:08:34
Working for the Civil Aeronautics Administration in Alaska (ddr-densho-1000-55-3) - 00:07:37
Meeting native Aleuts (ddr-densho-1000-55-4) - 00:08:06
Learning that the U.S. government also removed the native Aleuts from their homes during WWII (ddr-densho-1000-55-5) - 00:07:05
Business opportunities in postwar Alaska, land speculation and salmon eggs (ddr-densho-1000-55-6) - 00:10:31
Effects of Alaska's environment on communications equipment (ddr-densho-1000-55-7) - 00:07:04
Entering the Counterintelligence Corps (CIC) (ddr-densho-1000-55-8) - 00:13:30
Meeting other Japanese Americans in basic training (ddr-densho-1000-55-9) - 00:13:28
Testing into the Counterintelligence Corps (ddr-densho-1000-55-10) - 00:08:16
Meeting acquaintances from Seattle during Counterintelligence Corps training (ddr-densho-1000-55-11) - 00:06:38
Memories of Counterintelligence Corps training (ddr-densho-1000-55-12) - 00:07:10
Sent for additional communications training (ddr-densho-1000-55-13) - 00:08:37
Becoming an instructor at the Counterintelligence Corps school (ddr-densho-1000-55-14) - 00:07:00
An inventive mind: designing a propeller-seeking, noise-honing, underwater torpedo (ddr-densho-1000-55-15) - 00:08:17
Volunteering for covert assignments in the Counterintelligence Corps (ddr-densho-1000-55-16) - 00:09:02
An argument leads to insubordination charge, squirreled away in Central Records Facility (ddr-densho-1000-55-17) - 00:11:14
Access to classified information reveals reports of Counterintelligence Corps informants in the concentration camps (ddr-densho-1000-55-18) - 00:06:19
Meeting a Japanese American undercover agent who spied on the Japanese American community for the Counterintelligence Corps (ddr-densho-1000-55-19) - 00:07:44
Finding out a Japanese American undercover agent was assigned to Tule Lake (ddr-densho-1000-55-20) - 00:09:15
Being asked to show an undercover agent around (ddr-densho-1000-55-21) - 00:09:07
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Learning that the U.S. government also removed the native Aleuts from their homes during WWII

00:07:05 — Segment 5 of 21

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September 21, 1999

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Henry Miyatake

Henry Miyatake Interview III

03:01:51 — 21 segments

September 21, 1999

Seattle, Washington

Nisei male. Born April 28, 1929, in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Had some key childhood experiences with discrimination that made him a self-described, "independent thinker," and later, an influential figure in the Japanese American community. While a teenager in camp, he wrote and defended an essay criticizing the United States' treatment of racial minorities. His teacher refused to accept his paper, resulting in a failed grade and preventing him from graduating. Postwar, served in the U.S. Counterintelligence Corps, where he was privy to classified documents detailing the placement of spies in the incarceration camps. After leaving the military, he worked at the Boeing Company, where he fought against discriminatory workplace practices. He was also one of the earliest proponents of redress, doing the research, planning, and organizing for the "Seattle plan," the first highly developed plan for obtaining redress from the U.S. government for the WWII incarceration of the Japanese American community.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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