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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-01-0042

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TI: So from Nebraska, what happened? 'Cause somehow you went back to Seattle. How did that happen?

MW: Well, as I mentioned before, I made applications to both UW and Nebraska. And I was accepted by both. And my first choice was the UW, so I went back to UW. I think I went, I started the Winter Quarter, started in January.

TI: Now, before we even get there, I guess one question is, did you have any reaction from others when you're going from like Chicago to Nebraska and traveling? I imagine you're probably traveling in uniform.

MW: Uniform.

TI: Were there any incidents that...

MW: Outstanding, or something I remember?

TI: Yeah. Or people curious about who you were?

MW: No. I was back in the flow of the mainstream. And it wasn't that long a period. But I had my uniform on. Nobody bothered me. By that time, I had a pretty thick skin anyway. And I went directly from Chicago to Nebraska. But we had one good time in Chicago.

TI: The whole group of you?

MW: Yeah, we all used one address to get discharged. And there was an army hospital in Chicago, so, here again, I don't know how many there were, we had about eight or nine from Seattle. And we got together, went out together. We had a good reunion. It was interesting. And then we went our own ways, to our own families.

TI: And then pretty much saw everybody again, eventually in Seattle?

MW: Yeah, eventually. And not all of us returned to school right away. But there were several of us who came back to Seattle together. Started in at school, going up to the U.

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