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National Japanese American Historical Society Collection
Title: George Koshi Interview
Narrator: George Koshi
Interviewer: Marvin Uratsu
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: December 10, 1997
Densho ID: denshovh-kgeorge-01-0001

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MU: This is a interview with George Koshi and I am the interviewer. My name is Marvin Uratsu. To begin, I'd like to ask you, George, where you were born.

GK: I was born in Greeley, Colorado, about 60 miles north of Denver.

MU: Sixty miles north of Denver? When was that?

GK: June 16, 1911.

MU: And how many siblings did you have?

GK: I had twelve all in all. Two died in infancy, so ten of us survived and I'm the third in the family. But the older sister passed away already and older brother passed away, so I'm next in line.

MU: How many of you still left?

GK: One younger brother passed away and one younger sister passed away, so out of the twelve, six of us (are) still living.

MU: Did any of those siblings go, join the army?

GK: Yes. My older brother for health reason was not taken, but the rest of us, five of us, went in the service.

MU: Five of you were taken into service? Did they go to the 442 or the 100th?

GK: (I did not, but) one brother, who passed away since then, was in 442nd and saw combat duties in Italy. There was some pass that they had to cross, I forgot the name of the pass, but he talked about carrying machine gun up the steep incline.

MU: But he came back alive?

GK: He came back alive with two Purple Hearts.

MU: Oh, okay.

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