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Gerald L. Beppu Collection
Title: Tom Ikeda Interview
Narrator: Gerald L. Beppu
Interviewer: Josh Tuininga
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: June 10, 2021
Densho ID: ddr-densho-435-1-3

[Correct spelling of certain names, words and terms used in this interview have not been verified.]

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GB: He had gone to Puyallup, from Puyallup Fairgrounds, that's where we initially were brought to. I think we stayed there almost about a year before they had the camps ready for us to move. I mean, as a kid, I had no idea, you know, what was going on.

JT: So what did they do to make you feel like there was no problem?

GB: Well, as far as I'm concerned, my parents were, they never complained to me, or I never heard them complain at all amongst themselves. They probably did have a lot of things to say, but they avoided the children listening to whatever their problems were. And consequently, I felt that I had a normal growing up days when I was a kid. Even when we were in camp, actually. I remember barbed wires and I remember... what do you call the thing where the soldier...

Off camera: Watch tower.

GB: Yeah, they would be up there with a machine gun or whatever, a gun up there. They didn't have machine guns, but they had a gun up there. You know, I thought it was every day... when you're small and you grow up in that, you just grow up.

JT: You don't know any different, yeah.

GB: You didn't know any different. Now there was, like I said, a lot of people probably at my same age, maybe their parents felt where they would voice their displeasure at being there and all this kind of, there was a lot of complaints, I'm sure. And I'm sure my parents had a lot of complaints, but they didn't reflect that back to their children, which was me and my sister who was actually born in camp. So she was a baby and she doesn't know anything about camp because you're just a baby. They didn't want to have the children feel the pain that they're feeling, you know. And I understand that now at my age. I could see where, how good they were. I mean, my dad and mom were really wonderful people, and they didn't, we never had...

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