Densho Digital Archive
National Japanese American Historical Society Collection
Title: Mitsue Matsui Interview
Narrator: Mitsue Matsui
Interviewers: Marvin Uratsu (primary), Gary Otake (secondary)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: December 12, 1997
Densho ID: denshovh-mmitsue-01-0009

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MU: Now, that's fine. I want to talk more about your MIS experience, but I wanna get back to Pearl Harbor time. Now your family, were most of your family in San Francisco at that time, excepting for Masami?

MM: My second brother was in Detroit, Michigan, and he was studying or matriculating at Lawrence Institute of Technology -- that's a university now, I understand -- and he got his mechanical engineering degree there.

MU: But the only one that was in Japan at that time was Masami?

MM: Masami. And then when I left Topaz, I took my youngest brother (...). And since he had finished high school, there was no point in his staying around camp, so I took him up to Chicago and entrained him to go to Detroit. So the two brothers were there for, until they were drafted into the U.S. army.

MU: And what happened to your father and mother?

MM: They remained with my sister in camp. Yeah, I felt bad about leaving my parents with my sister. But I'm real thankful that she remained with them because...

MU: That was Topaz?

MM: Yeah, they remained in Topaz until the camp closed, I understand.

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