Densho Digital Archive
Emiko and Chizuko Omori Collection
Title: Harry Ueno Interview
Narrator: Harry Ueno
Interviewer: Emiko Omori
Location: San Mateo, California
Date: February 18, 1994
Densho ID: denshovh-uharry-01-0026

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EO: Where were you taken?

HU: Huh?

EO: Where did, where were you taken?

HU: We were taken to the, I think in Mojave where the train goes to Utah and all that. I think the Mojave, I didn't know. I think that's the place they took us. And we were put into the Pullman car. One dining room car and one sleeping car. And sixteen hours sit right in the middle of the Pullman car. And both sides, front and the back, MP with a tommy gun, you know, watching us. So we took the, let's see, I think the four sheets, left and right, four sheets. And they had one MP standing by the bathroom there, you know, the washroom there. And when we stand and go out there, they said, "Don't close the door. Leave open." [Laughs] So they didn't tell us where we going, nothing. We don't talk each other. Then come lunchtime, they bring your food, we sit there and eat. And evening, about 9 o'clock, finally, the train stopped. Then I hear a lot of foot noise. People walking in the platform, the cement floor, so you hear a lot of noise. The blinders down in both sides of the Pullman car, so you can't see outside. Always through... we were on the train about 9 o'clock, almost twelve hours. Then I peeked through the blind, you know, sideway, I see the lake. "Oh, this must be Salt Lake." So that evening, when the black porter came over to fix the bed, you know, sleeping bed, so I asked him -- and we have to stand up so he make the bed. And I asked him, "Could you give me an envelope and a writing paper and pencil?" He said okay. He don't, he don't say the word, but he nod. And then when the bed is made up they had all those things on 'em by the pillow. So we wrote the letter not direct to my home but somebody else we know where we were and how we went there. So this spread the news in camp we went to the Salt Lake City, so someplace around there we...

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