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Title: Masao Watanabe Interview
Narrator: Masao Watanabe
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: June 19, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-wmasao-01-0020

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TI: Well, after you volunteered, what happened next? I mean, what, what...

MW: Well, we took that joyful ride to Camp Shelby, where we were inducted in Fort Douglas.

TI: But you, you were inducted in various groups, and I believe you were in a later group...

MW: Yeah.

TI: ...that went there. So there was some period of waiting between the point you volunteered and that you were inducted.

MW: Right. We all volunteered at the same time, but they separated us into different groups, and I think the first ones went in the summer, and the later groups went in the fall.

TI: And what were you doing in that period in the summer...

MW: Waiting.

TI: ...while you were waiting?

MW: [Laughs] Couple of us in the later, in the later groups, we got out of camp and went to a wheat farm, to wait for being, for gettin' called. That's when I went with Shiro Kashino.

TI: And so the two of you were, had volunteered, you were out of Minidoka. And while you were waiting for induction you were working up at wheat farms --

MW: Yeah.

TI: -- together.

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