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Title: Aya Uenishi Medrud Interview
Narrator: Aya Uenishi Medrud
Interviewer: Daryl Maeda
Location: Denver, Colorado
Date: May 13, 2008
Densho ID: denshovh-maya-01-0024

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DM: Now, as you mentioned, all during this time, you had been married to your husband Med Medrud, and he was a Air Force officer. Just kind of skipping forward...

AM: He was on bombing raids over, over Korea, in B-29s.

DM: So he, he was...

AM: He was a navigator bombardier.

DM: He was on the missions that were dropping bombs, and then you were seeing some of the injuries that were coming back from that very same war.

AM: Of course, they were supposedly bombing the Chinese, but...

DM: And how did your increasing pacifism go over with him?

AM: Well, it was, for him, I think, acceptable, because I think he was beginning to ask questions himself. Like we would have conversations about just wars and unjust wars, and I remember one conversation, I said, "I don't think any war is just. How could you say that any war is just?" And I remember him saying, "There are some wars that are just, like World War II, when we went in and saved the world." I mean, that was the theme song, right? That everyone said the U.S. saved the world. Well, I don't know that they did, but the fact is, at that time, they stopped one war, but just think of the cost of that one war.

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