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Title: Louise Kashino - Sadaichi Kubota - Bill Thompson Interview
Narrators: Louise Kashino, Sadaichi Kubota, Bill Thompson
Interviewers: Tom Ikeda (primary), Debra McQuilken (secondary)
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Date: July 1, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-klouise_g-01-0002

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TI: Louise, how about you?

DM: Yeah. Why was important for you to see the court-martial overturned?

LK: Well, I felt that Sadaichi was so sincere in wanting to do something. I felt that he must (have) had unfinished business or something. And when he asked, he must have asked them before to try to overturn it, and I think he turned Mr. Kubota down. But in '85, I overheard a conversation when he was talking to Fred Matsumura and Shiro, and so I said to him, "Well, he's initiated the letter to Dan Inouye and Matsunaga, so I think it'd be nice if you would follow through." And I kind of urged him to. And then furthermore, I said it was for our daughters' sake. They're a little sensitive about it. And I thought that it would... you know, if we could do something about it, at least make an effort. And he always felt that it would never come about. So he didn't want to put forth any effort. He was that kind of person who didn't want to be bothered. So with my urging him, I think that he decided he would go along with the request. So when the forms came in from the army to fill out, well, had to keep prodding him to fill it out and state his reasons. So he did it. And right along he was kind of dragging his heels, right?

SK: Yes. At one point, I know, Louise was frustrated, too, because your father said, "Oh, to heck with everything." The attitude I felt he had. But I feel, I think I wrote to your mother saying, "Oh, let's not give up. Let's go for it," you know. So now I feel, I'm really glad, really glad that Louise forced your father to follow through. And as Bill knows, we won. And I'm really happy. But Bill did a lot of work. Oh, my goodness. If you see his file, I think he spent a zillions of pages of paper. [Laughs]

LK: I've got a box full. [Laughs]

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