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-01-0009

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EO: So you didn't go to an assembly center. You went directly...

HU: Direct to Manzanar by the bus. May 15.

EO: And tell me what it was like, because I've seen these photographs where people are being searched. Is that what happened to you?

HU: No, they didn't search me. They had a MP with a bayonet standing there but they didn't search me. They give us one lunch box before we board the bus, so that's for the lunch. About eight o'clock, my neighbors, they had a Five and Ten Cent store, he said, "Don't worry. We're going to take you over to where the bus stop is." That isn't too far, the Washington and San Pedro Street. They had about one big empty lot on the corner there. That's where the bus stops, they said. So they drove us there, only about three-and-a-half block away.

EO: What happened to your car?

HU: Oh, I didn't have no more car. Yeah. I get rid of the car a long time ago.

EO: Had you ever been to Manzanar or that area?

HU: No. I think hardly nobody went in there. That was May 15th, the time we went there, long line of bus, and some people went by the train. They reach earlier, because the train is much faster. Long line of bus takes long time. We start off about a little after 8 o'clock, we reached there about half past five that day, May 15th, '42. And they had almost, oh, half full in Manzanar already. Lot of people went in volunteer early. I didn't know that. And like people from Bainbridge, they stayed in Block 2. They are almost, they've been thrown out from Bainbridge Island. So they came all the way down to California, they went into the Manzanar.

EO: Were there people from Terminal Island there as well?

HU: Yeah, Terminal Island, they had seven, eight, nine, about three blocks filled with Terminal Islander. Almost, oh, there's almost a thousand people. Of course, some scattered out to different blocks. But a lot of the women and children, you know, their husbands is in enemy area in camp, so... they were early.

<End Segment 9> - Copyright © 1994, 2003 Densho and Emiko Omori. All Rights Reserved.