Densho Digital Archive
National Japanese American Historical Society Collection
Title: George S. Matsui Interview
Narrator: George S. Matsui
Interviewer: Marvin Uratsu
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: December 11, 1997
Densho ID: denshovh-mgeorge-01-0013

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GM: I don't know -- they told me where to go. And I don't know what for, 'cause I don't think I saw prisoners there, but I didn't interrogate anybody. See, I don't remember what I did but one thing I do remember, I met a corporal there -- Masao Takahashi.

MU: Oh, Japanese.

GM: Yeah, at the church. This guy was a good football player at the church. We went to same church. For no reason, the guy, that guy clobbered me.

MU: Oh?

GM: And, I says...

MU: He's a Nisei?

GM: (Yes.)

MU: Oh.

GM: He's little older than I am. I said, "What'd you do that for?" He says, "I don't like you." I heard that he didn't like Japanese. He's Japanese himself. He's the guy was at -- uh, uh, God... not high school, next level.

MU: Chuugakko. Junior high?

GM: No, above high school.

MU: Junior college.

GM: Junior college. That's where he went. He made a name for himself. He's a good football player. But I met him at this brick prisoner of war compound. And he just had a corporal's stuff. I says, "What the heck you doing there, here?" He says, "I don't know." That's, and I remember that he clobbered me at the church one Sunday. But, that's the only thing I remembered. I don't know why they sent me there to this prisoner of war compound.

MU: And when he clobbered you, were you both in uniform?

GM: No, this was when we were still in school. (Civilian.)

MU: Oh. Okay.

GM: Civilian. Long time ago.

MU: No, before the war, before army days?

GM: Yeah, before the war.

MU: Okay.

GM: The hakujin called him "Macho." Masao Takahashi.

MU: Okay. Okay.

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