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Title: Kenge Kobayashi Interview
Narrator: Kenge Kobayashi
Interviewer: Alice Ito
Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon
Date: July 4, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-kkenge-01-0002

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AI: What do you remember about that day when Pearl Harbor was bombed?

KK: Well, I was kind of shocked, embarrassed, and went to school that day, and that's when we were called into the auditorium and President Roosevelt made that announcement, and I felt really bad so I kind of slid under my seat. [Laughs]

AI: And what was going on at your home at that point? You were aware of the bombing and your parents clearly having been...

KK: Oh, yeah. We were shocked, of course. The family was in sort of a turmoil there. Didn't know what was gonna happen and what, and I think they were afraid what somebody, the government gonna do or the people around would do. So it was a stressful time.

AI: Did your mother or father speak very much English? Did they understand very much English at that point?

KK: They understood English, but they didn't speak too well.

AI: And did you have any brothers or sisters?

KK: Yes, I have two brothers and one sister.

AI: Do you recall any family discussion as to your concerns?

KK: No, I don't recall anything at that time, but we were scared. For one thing we were scared because there was this army artillery battalion. They camped right next to our house about a couple blocks away. There was a slough there and they had guns out there, anti-aircraft gun, and all of a sudden one time the plane flew over, a UFO, unidentified plane, and they were shooting at it. And this gun went off, scared the daylights out of us. Our window broke. It shattered our window and the whole house moved. And so then they had curfew.

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