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Title: Tosh Yasutake Interview
Narrator: Tosh Yasutake
Interviewers: Alice Ito (primary), Tom Ikeda (secondary)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: November 14, 2002
Densho ID: denshovh-ytosh-01-0022

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TI: Now, I'm curious. Do you recall ever treating someone that you knew either back from Seattle or Minidoka that happened to come through your aid station or --

TY: Somebody I knew?

TI: Yeah, someone you knew.

TY: A couple of the people, yeah, I did, a couple of the people from Seattle I knew casually had come through the aid station. Battalion -- 3rd Battalion aid station, in fact. And, but luckily they weren't hurt very seriously. I think, well, it was serious enough that -- one was an arm wound and he had to go back to the hospital but it wasn't life-threatening. So it really wasn't too bad.

One interesting happened, interesting thing happened when -- during the 50th, well, about these reunions. The 442 reunions, 442 Club over in Hawaii have had reunions almost every year since day one, and some every two years, but quite frequently. And I never been to one of them. I decided that I didn't want to have any part of army anymore. I'd had enough. And so, and I never, I didn't join this Nisei, Seattle Nisei Vet organization until, well, after the fiftieth reunion in Hawaii because the same reason that I just didn't want to do too much army life anymore. But, the 50th reunion in 1993, I think it was, one of the army fellows -- no, another fellow, Victor Izui from Chicago, the fellow that I was in the medic together with, they were in the same company. He called up and he says, "Are you going to the 50th reunion?" And I said, "No." And he said, "Why don't you?" I told him, "Well, I haven't been to any reunion and I don't think I'll be all that interested." And he called back the week later and he asked me again. And he finally prevailed, I finally decided, okay. So we decided to go and I, I was very happy that I went. I hadn't seen those fellows for fifty years, and it was like old home week. It was, I really had a good time. In fact, one of the -- this Harry Abe, fellow that I mentioned about that was a retired MD, I met him over there. Got re-acquainted with him and got to know him real well. But when we got to the hotel -- when Fumi and I got to the hotel, we had a note in our box saying, "Say Tosh, meet me, meet me in the lobby at three o'clock if you come in at three. If not, well, call me in my room." It was whatever it was. And it was signed Harry Abe. And I told Fumi, turned to Fumi and I said, "Harry Abe, gee, I thought he was dead." And much to my surprise he was much alive and I got to know him real well and during that three or four days I was at reunion I got reacquainted with all the fellows, the medic and the -- I really enjoyed myself. And I thought that was gonna be a last hurrah. Well, here we are next year it's gonna be the 60th. So I decided to go to the 60th reunion.

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