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-01-0020

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MU: So when did you come back to the stateside?

GM: You know, I wonder if you remember, we had point system to go back.

MU: Yeah, yeah, I remember that.

GM: I had, oh, 'bout 130 points.

MU: Oh yeah.

GM: Guys going back with forty or fifty points, discharged.

MU: Uh-huh. Yeah.

GM: They wouldn't let us go. I said, "How come? I have 100 -- 'bout, almost 130 points." "You guys are essential."

MU: So, how many of you?

GM: I don't know how many there were of, but points counted toward how many combats you were in, how many years you were overseas, how many campaigns you took, you were in. All those counted towards you. And how many years you're in the army.

MU: Yeah.

GM: So I had about 135, I remember. Other guys going home with ninety points. I said, "How 'bout me?" "You're essential. We can't."

MU: Yeah. Well, I came home with less than that.

GM: [Laughs] When you say less, fifteen points?

MU: No, more than that. [Laughs] So, so you did come home and when was that, roughly?

GM: December...

MU: '45?

GM: ...'45. I got discharged, December 10th. And got married five days later, December 15th.

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