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Title: Tokio Hirotaka - Toshio Ito - Joe Matsuzawa Interview
Narrators: Tokio Hirotaka, Toshio Ito, Joe Matsuzawa
Interviewer: Alice Ito
Location: Bellevue, Washington
Date: May 21, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-htokio_g-01-0024

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AI: Well, what was going through your mind? How did you feel when, being forced out of your homes, gettin' on this old train with the MPs, the soldiers, and going down to this strange place?

JM: Well, I think the younger people, they just didn't think too much of it then, because everybody went. It wasn't just, they didn't pick you out, or anybody. Everybody went. So it wasn't quite that traumatic, but deep down inside you think about what is being done to you, it's hard to take.

AI: And here you were, you were, or had been drafted. You were, in your mind you were --

JM: Yeah, they rejected me, you see, because of the war. And... well, that's another story, but after they started drafting 'em out of the camps, I happened to be out, but my number came up again. And so I had to go.

AI: So you were redrafted. Eventually.

JM: Redrafted, and, but you might as well say I volunteered, because I went in -- they gonna draft me anyway -- and the only place I could go was 442nd, so I went in the 442nd down at Camp Shelby.

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