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-01-0009

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GM: Gee, can I go back to basic training? I wanna bring up something.

MU: Something about basic training?

GM: Yeah.

MU: Sure.

GM: This is before Pearl Harbor...

MU: Okay.

GM: ...February '41. You know what they gave us for clothes? World War I clothes. Wrap up, wrapping leggings?

MU: Legging -- leggings. Yeah.

GM: And campaign hats. And rifle was bolt action, 30-caliber. World War I stuff they gave us. I happened to just think about that. [Laughs]. No wonder they give us -- gave us moldy bread. Leftover from World War I. [Laughs]

MU: They weren't too modern, huh?

GM: No. 'Cause, like I said, they were building barracks like crazy there. We were about the second or third contingent that got up there for basic training. Our captain, Captain Little, I remember his name 'cause it was, he was really nice to us.

MU: Oh, okay.

GM: Yeah. Battalion, battalion commander.

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