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Title: George Murakami Interview
Narrator: George Murakami
Interviewer: Steve Ozone
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date: October 13, 2009
Densho ID: denshovh-mgeorge_4-01-0010

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SO: And you met your wife when you were here.

GM: Yes, when I was here, I don't know how I found out about the Japanese community here. I guess it was through somebody I met. They said they were having a picnic, Japanese community picnic and so forth, and so I went. And then also from that I met other people. They used to have a young adults group that had social functions every now and then, but that's where I met Judy at one of these picnics. Of course she was pretty young. She was still in high school. [Laughs]

SO: And you were how old?

GM: Twenty, twenty-one, something like that.

SO: Were there other Japanese Americans in the Air Force with you?

GM: There was just one other gal that was in the WAF or something. She was from Hawaii. But I think we were the only two Asians in fact.

SO: So when you would go off the base, you would just take a bus?

GM: I had actually bought a car. I bought a '51 Mercury, kind of an old beater. I met Bill Hirabayashi who had a body shop here, and I would go visit him and work on my car, and he would help me and we kind of customized it a little bit. And I was getting ready to drive it back so he helped me put a new engine in it and get it in shape so I could drive it back to California.

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