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-01-0008

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MU: So you move on to Tule Lake then.

GM: Yeah.

MU: And was that any different from Santa Anita?

GM: Yeah, it was a little better in Tule Lake. I didn't have to do anything 'cause it was all set up. (...)

MU: What block were you in?

GM: I don't remember that. I was only there two months.

MU: Okay.

GM: Army says, "We need you. Come back in."

MU: You mean the recruiters came by?

GM: Yeah. I think it was Stamy Kumagai was there. Then we had several Nisei volunteers, too. I remember couple names -- Mayeda and Doi. I can't remember the others.

MU: So they -- the recruiters came by and asked if you'd like to volunteer?

GM: No, I got the letter from the army. (...) Says, "Come back in." And I, so I went with the recruiter to Savage. And, by God, by then, Thanksgiving, we got there -- oooh, was it ever cold. Whoo! It was cold in Tule Lake, too, but...

MU: You didn't have any choice about going to Savage or joining the 442, for example? You...

GM: No, no. They sent me to Savage. They didn't give me an option.

MU: Well, they apparently saw that you spent five years in Japan.

GM: I guess. (...)

MU: So you went to...

GM: So they put me in Section Seven. Little bit of Japanese and little bit of the English, I guess. [Laughs]

MU: Oh, really? Now how long was the study period, was it six months?

GM: Well see, we got there November -- yeah, 'cause we graduated in July, June or July, following year.

MU: Uh-huh. And then how was it like at Savage?

GM: Oh, it was, how was it like?

MU: Your accommodation?

GM: Yeah, gosh. I remember it was cold in wintertime -- gee, it was (very) cold.

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