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-01-0007

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MU: So, all right, let's leave Santa Anita. And then you go on to Tule Lake?

GM: Yeah, went to Tule Lake. We were the last one to go because we had to finish all the people out of there first -- because I was in personnel work. So they trained us up to (...) Tule Lake 'bout September?(...)

MU: Now while you were doing this personnel work, anything interesting happen or something unusual?

GM: Oh, they had a little trouble. These guys who were ordered to make camouflage nets had a little problem there. That and lot of guys didn't want to do it. That's the only thing I remember. But others, everything went okay, far as I know. The mess hall was lousy. We had lousy chow. [Laughs]

MU: I was gonna ask you about that. What was so lousy about it?

GM: [Laughs] Sometime army food -- no gohan.

MU: No rice?

GM: No. Not, not at the beginning.

MU: Oh. Who were the cooks then?

GM: Oh, it was all the Isseis and Niseis.

MU: Internees were doing all that? Yeah.

GM: Yeah. So the -- I suppose they asked for rice and we got it.

MU: Finally.

GM: Yeah.

MU: Anything else about the camp, Santa Anita?

GM: I can't remember, Marvin.

MU: That's okay.

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