Densho Digital Archive
National Japanese American Historical Society Collection
Title: Harvey Watanabe Interview
Narrator: Harvey Watanabe
Interviewers: Marvin Uratsu (primary), Gary Otake (secondary)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: December 12, 1997
Densho ID: denshovh-wharvey-02-0007

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MU: Well, apparently the FBI did have a dossier on you.

HW: Yeah. I told my boss. Jokingly, I says, "Well, I was in military intelligence. They got a file on me that..." [Laughs] Because we used to be followed around out...

MU: Yeah. Okay, well that's fine -- that's very interesting. Like to get that story.

HW: The interesting thing is when we were in Australia, the Chinese community invited us. Says, "If you can, every Wednesday night we have a social, so come over." So three or four of us, we decided we'd go over whenever we had some time. Went over there one day and I looked around. There's one guy, Chinese fellow in there that's dressed completely out of line with the Australian guys. I looked at him real closely, here is this guy, Chinese guy, son of a Chinese restaurant owner in my hometown, see.

MU: In Lindsay?

HW: No, no, in Visalia.

MU: Oh, Visalia. I see. Oh, really.

HW: Visalia, well, they're all hometowns, but we used to go to his restaurant to eat, see. And I went up to him and I says, "I know who you are." He says, "No you don't, I don't know you either." I said -- but it was him. CIC.

MU: Now --

HW: He was sent there to check on us that come over there. Make sure we're not saying the wrong things or talking to the wrong people.

MU: Oh, really? Was he a soldier?

HW: Yeah, well, no, but, no, he was in civilian clothes.

MU: Oh.

HW: CIC you could be in, dress whatever you have to...

MU: Now, this was in Brisbane?

HW: Brisbane, yeah. And the, yeah, it's...

MU: So a lot of strange things happened...

HW: Well, yeah, we know. We used to make a kind of, a joke of it, we're in Sydney and we'd be walking down -- three of us on furlough -- and we'd be walking down the street, and they would follow us.

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