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Title: Eugene Tatsuru Kimura Interview
Narrator: Eugene Tatsuru Kimura
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: September 5, 2008
Densho ID: denshovh-keugene-01-0017

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TI: So you mentioned you and your mother. Where was your older brother at this point, Kazuo?

EK: My brother, fortunately, and three or four other seniors, at the behest of the dean of the college there, were able to transfer to Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. And then they were able to stay there, and then be able to get enough credit to be graduated from the University of Washington. And from there, so that they, we would not be wards of the government if we wanted to move, got a job through George Nishi. And he was working, my brother was working in the railroad at Wyola, Montana. So that at least we can tell the government that, "Hey, we won't be a totally dependent ward of the government," that he had some money. Plus the fact that my mother may have had a few bucks and so forth.

TI: And so after December 7th, your brother was a senior at the University of Washington.

EK: Yes.

TI: And so he got assistance from the university to be transferred to Washington State in Pullman, which is east of the mountains. And so he was there for enough months to be able to graduate in '42 then. And then from there, he went to, back to Wyoming.

EK: That's right.

TI: Okay. And so he was, so during this time when you were in Puyallup, he was then at, at Pullman, Washington State at that point.

EK: And then later on, he was, what shall I say, working in the railroads. Because after we received notice that we might be forced to move, my brother and I wrote letters to the mayor of Sheridan, Wyoming, army officials, mayors and so forth, stating that we wished to return back to Wyoming, Sheridan, Wyoming. We didn't hear anything, until about a month and a half that my mother and I were in camp, then we got permission to move.

TI: And so you had left Sheridan over ten years, I mean, like, twelve years. And the people that you were writing to, were they people that would still remember your family?

EK: That I don't, I don't recall. Maybe they had investigated us and found that we were not terrorists or anything, and these, it was just a widowed mother and two kids, and so forth. So they may have done that, but I do not know.

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