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-01-0015

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MU: How 'bout when the atom bomb was dropped? You were in Manila then, huh?

GM: Gosh, I can't remember.

MU: You don't remember the bomb?

GM: I remember the bomb. I thought I was in Saipan.

MU: Oh.

GM: 'Cause when -- second time I went to Saipan or -- no, first time while I was still there, when the island was secured, they started to build a airfield. I remember that. And second time I went there, they had B-29s there. One of the captains said, "You wanna see one of these big planes?" I went inside a B-29.

MU: Uh-huh. This on Saipan?

GM: Yeah. So I don't know when the atom bomb was dropped. I can't remember.

MU: Well, dropped in August of '45.

GM: '45?

MU: Yeah.

GM: August. I must have been back in Hawaii then.

MU: Oh, really? Okay. But you don't remember the devastation and power of the bomb?

GM: No.

MU: Okay.

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