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Title: Jimi Yamaichi Interview
Narrator: Jimi Yamaichi
Interviewer: Alice Ito
Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon
Date: July 4, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-yjimi-01-0011

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AI: What was that, that you came?

JY: In '43.

AI: In fall of '43?

JY: September '43 I came to Tule Lake, the segregation. So that's how I came. And back again I go to the engineering department, 'cause, you know. I say I want to be an engineer's aide, and that's how I end up outside again, doing construction. So, the...

AI: What was the position you were hired for?

JY: Huh?

AI: What was, was, what job were...?

JY: When I first came out it was engineer's aide, $16. In Heart Mountain I was a supervisor, I was the, what you, carpenter foreman, they called it, they didn't have no supervisor, just carpenter foreman, so I was $19. I didn't say anything about that, I says, "I just want to be engineer's aide." They found out that I was a carpenter, I was the foreman in Heart Mountain, what I did. "Hey, we gotta' put you outside," so that's how I got to know the chief engineer that was head of the division, the construction department, and then Booker. And I was working right directly under Booker, taking my orders. So that's how I had connection with the front office, and that's why I was in the office. A lot of times I had to go back to the office and report, and the construction crew was outside by the warehouse. So we, that's how I got into the construction business.

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