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Daniel Inouye Interview (ddr-janm-13-5)
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Nisei male. Born September 7, 1924, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Served in the all-volunteer, all-Nisei, 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II, lost his right arm in action and earned the Distinguished Service Cross. Following the war, became an attorney, then a six-term senator for Hawaii. Sat on the Select Committee on Intelligence, Select Committee on …
Densho eNews, January 2009 (ddr-densho-431-28)
doc Densho eNews, January 2009 (ddr-densho-431-28)
Article titles: "From the Director," "Densho News: Free Teacher Workshop: Teaching with Social Studies CBAs," "Saving History: Rare Redress Hearings Tapes Restored," "New to the Archive: Look Inside the Archive: Topaz Museum Interviews," "National News and Events: Tule Lake Declared a National Monument."
Tom Akashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-164)
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Nisei male. Born June 7, 1929, in Merced, California. Grew up in Mount Eden, California, and was removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Incarcerated at the Topaz concentration camp in Utah, then moved to Tule Lake concentration camp after family volunteered to move to Japan. While at Tule Lake, …
Haruye Murakami Hagiwara Interview (ddr-densho-1000-284)
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Nisei female. Born March 25, 1928, in Hilo, Hawaii. Grew up in Hilo, where father worked for a Japanese-language newspaper. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father was arrested and detained at the Kilauea Military Camp and Sand Island internment camp. After the war, attended the University of Hawaii, then returned to Hilo in 1950.

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Virgil W. Westdale Interview (ddr-densho-1000-280)
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Male of Japanese and European ancestry. Born July 8, 1918, in Millersburg, Indiana. Grew up on family farms in Indiana and Michigan. Became a licensed pilot, and, during World War II, volunteered for the War Training Service as a flight instructor. Reassigned to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team as part of the Fire Direction Center. Split …
Catherine Embree Harris Interview (ddr-densho-1000-315)
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White female. Born October 30, 1919. Grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, before World War II. After college, took a job with the Office of Indian Affairs, and went to work at the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. After the war, continued to work for the War Relocation Authority and then other agencies.

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Peggy S. Furukawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-399)
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Nisei female. Born March 30, 1928, in San Jose, California. Prior to World War II, sent by father to live in Japan with relatives. Remained in Japan during the war, attending school and working in an airplane parts factory to support the Japanese war effort. Eventually returned to the United States and San Jose.

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Bernadette Suda Horiuchi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-239)
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Nisei female. Born February 11, 1913, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in the Seattle and Bellevue, Washington, areas. In 1928, was involved in a serious ferry accident in which five of her family members, including both of her parents, perished. Married renowned artist Paul Horiuchi and lived in Rock Springs, Wyoming, where Paul worked for a …
Charles Z. Smith Interview (ddr-densho-1000-169)
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Born February 23, 1927, in Lakeland, Florida. Left home at age fourteen to live under the educational supervision of Dr. William H. Gray, Jr., attended Florida A & M, and graduated with a degree in business administration from Temple University. Graduated from University of Washington Law School in 1955, then served as law clerk for Supreme …
Peggy A. Nagae Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-233)
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Sansei female. Born July 25, 1951, in Boring, Oregon, a small town outside of Portland. Graduated from Vassar College, then earned a law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. In the 1980s, lead the legal team for Yasui v. United States, a lawsuit to overturn a 40 year old conviction for …
Hank Shozo Umemoto Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-462)
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Nisei male. Born October 12, 1928, in Florin, California, a small community outside of Sacramento, California. Lost father at an early age, and was raised primarily by older brother. During World War II, removed with family to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. While in camp, snuck out of camp to spend time in the surrounding hillside. …
Joanne F. Oppenheim Interview (ddr-densho-1000-417)
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White female. Born 1934 in Middletown, New York. Grew up in Monticello, New York. Author of several books about the Japanese American experience, including Dear Miss Breed and Stanley Hayami, Nisei Son.
Kiyoko Morey Kaneko Interview (ddr-densho-1000-225)
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Nisei female. Born September 3, 1911, in Pasadena, California. Grew up in Los Angeles where father operated a successful import/export business with retail stores. Graduated from UCLA, then lived and worked in Japan for a few years. Was married and living in Hawaii in 1941. Witnessed Japanese bomber planes overhead from home in Pearl City on …
Richard H. Yamamoto (ddr-densho-1000-191)
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Nisei male. Born September 4, 1922, in Spokane, Washington. Spent childhood in Spokane, where parents operated a downtown Spokane hotel and father worked as a redcap at the local train station. Graduated from Lewis & Clark High School, attended Whitworth College, and then attended trade school where he became an electrician.

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Emery Brooks Andrews Interview (ddr-densho-1000-155)
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White male. Born November 14, 1937, in Seattle, Washington. Son of Reverend Emery Andrews, the Japanese Baptist Church minister in Seattle for many years. After the Japanese Americans in Seattle were removed to Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, Emery Brooks moved with family to Twin Falls, Idaho, to minister to Nikkei in camp. Visited Japanese American friends …
Margie Nahmias Angel Interview (ddr-densho-1000-349)
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White female. Born June 1, 1924, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in the Central District of Seattle where mother ran a boarding house. Discusses her reaction when her Japanese American peers had to leave Seattle during World War II.
Larry R. Pacheco Interview (ddr-densho-1000-397)
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White male. Born November 4, 1922, in San Jose, California. Drafted into the military after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. During World War II, served as a military police guard at the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Shipped overseas, and was captured in France as a prisoner of war and held in Germany. After completing military service, …
Kazue Murakami Tanimoto Interview (ddr-densho-1000-285)
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Nisei female. Born January 28, 1919, in Hilo, Hawaii. Grew up in Hilo before moving to Japan in 1934. Attended school in Japan, returning to Hilo before the outbreak of World War II. During the war, father was arrested and removed to the Kilauea Military Camp and Sand Island internment camps, Hawaii. During father's absence, took …
Molly Enta Kitajima Interview (ddr-densho-1000-400)
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Nisei female. Born October 10, 1925, in Strawberry Hill, British Columbia, near Vancouver. Grew up in Strawberry Hill where parents ran a farm. During World War II, family was removed inland to a farm near Winnipeg. Molly eventually married and moved to California.
Nelson Takeo Akagi Interview (ddr-densho-1013-2)
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Nisei male. Born July 27, 1923, in Lindsay, California. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, moved with family to Idaho for "voluntary evacuation," where they worked harvesting sugar beets for the U&I Sugar Company. Volunteered for the army during World War II. Served with the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, and was present at the liberation of …
Joseph Norio Uemura Interview (ddr-densho-1014-3)
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Nisei male. Born July 3, 1926, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland before moving to Denver, Colorado, where his father, a Baptist minister, was transferred. Lived in Denver during World War II, where family helped Japanese Americans leaving camps to find housing and work. Paul Robert and Jean Schuman Hanna Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, since …
Mary Kinoshita Ikeda Interview (ddr-densho-1000-510)
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Nisei female. Born May 18, 1927, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seatle, where father wsa the head bellboy at an exclusive club. Attended the Maryknoll Catholic school in Seattle prior to World War II. During World War II, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. While at Minidoka, brother …
Fred Tadashi Shingu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-292)
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Nisei male. Born April 14, 1923, in Yuba City, California. Grew up in Elk Grove, California. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, moved with family to Florin, California, and was removed to the Marysville Assembly Center, California, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. While in Tule Lake, refused to sign the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," and …
John A. (Jack) Svahn Interview (ddr-densho-1000-536)
vh John A. (Jack) Svahn Interview (ddr-densho-1000-536)
Caucasian male. Born May 13, 1943, in New London, Connecticut. Moved frequently as an adolescent since father was in the U.S. Navy. Attended high school in Honolulu, Hawaii, then college at the University of Washington. Served in the U.S. Air Force, then attended the University of the Pacific McGeorge Law School and Georgetown University School of …
Muriel Chiyo Tanaka Onishi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-243)
vh Muriel Chiyo Tanaka Onishi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-243)
Nisei female. Born March 6, 1921, in Hilo, Hawaii. Grew up in Hilo, where parents were Japanese language school teachers. In 1939, moved to Japan to obtain medical treatment, and attended school there. During World War II, was conscripted into the Japanese military and worked as an interpreter, translating U.S. radio transmissions for General Headquarters in …