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Matsumoto Collection (ddr-densho-107)
Collection Matsumoto Collection (ddr-densho-107)
The Matsumoto collection consists of photographs from the personal family collection of Ranger Roy H. Matsumoto, who was interviewed by Densho in 2003. Mr. Matsumoto was one of the famed Merrill's Marauders, and the photographs depict aspects of his life from his childhood in California through his induction into the Ranger Hall of Fame.
Family on a dock (ddr-densho-107-8)
img Family on a dock (ddr-densho-107-8)
Front row (L to R): Takeshi, Roy, Uncle Frank Matsumoto. Back row (L to R): unknown, Mr. Nakatani, unknown, Roy's grandfather Wakamatsu Matsumoto, Mrs. Kitahara, unknown, Mrs. Muranaka, unknown, Tom (baby) held by Roy's mother, Tei Matsumoto. This picture was taken by Roy's father, Wakaji, when Roy's grandfather left for Japan to retire.
Family photo (ddr-densho-107-26)
img Family photo (ddr-densho-107-26)
Left to right: Wakaji Matsumoto (Roy Matsumoto's father), Shizue (younger sister), Tei (mother), Harue (older sister), Isao (younger brother), and Takeshi. (younger brother).
Family photograph (ddr-densho-107-6)
img Family photograph (ddr-densho-107-6)
Front row (L to R): Roy, Takeshi. Middle row (L to R): Frank Matsumoto (Roy's uncle), Aunty Kitahara (Grandfather's cousin) on her lap, Tsutomu (Tom), Mrs. Muranaka. Back row (L to R): Tei Matsumoto (Roy's mother), Yasaku Muranaka (Roy's Grandfather's half brother).
Siblings (ddr-densho-107-27)
img Siblings (ddr-densho-107-27)
All of Roy Matsumoto's siblings were born in the United States, but went to live in Japan. Left to right: (in chronological order) Takeshi, Tsutomu, Noboru, Harue, Isao, and Shizue.
Children sitting around a table (ddr-densho-107-16)
img Children sitting around a table (ddr-densho-107-16)
Front row (L to R): Tsutomu, Takeshi, Hiroshi Tawa, Roy Matsumoto. Back row (L to R): Noboru, Haruko Tawa, Tsuneo Tawa, Violet and Setsuko Tawa.
Family on a dock (ddr-densho-107-19)
img Family on a dock (ddr-densho-107-19)
Front row (L to R): Unknown man with child (standing), unknown woman, Noboru, Tsutomu, Teruyo Muranaka, Wakaji Matsumoto (Roy Matsumoto's father), Frank Matsumoto (Roy's uncle). Second row (L to R): Tei Matsumoto with baby Harue (Roy's mother and sister), Mrs. Muranaka and son Shigeru. Back row (L to R): unknown, Yasaku Muranaka (Roy's great uncle), unknown, …
Baby photo (ddr-densho-107-1)
img Baby photo (ddr-densho-107-1)
This photo was taken at the Akagawa Studio in Los Angeles, California. At the time the photo was taken, Roy Matsumoto was about three and a half months old. A copy of the photo was made at the Hiroshima Studio on March 12, 1931.
Legion of Merit presentation (ddr-densho-107-32)
img Legion of Merit presentation (ddr-densho-107-32)
General Frank D. Merrill, Commanding General of the Merrill's Marauders, congratulating S/Sgt Roy Matsumoto upon the presentation of the Legion of Merit for his exploits at Walawbum, Burma on 5 March, 1944.
Children sitting under a pepper tree (ddr-densho-107-18)
img Children sitting under a pepper tree (ddr-densho-107-18)
Front row (L to R): Hiroshi Tawa, Roy Matsumoto, Harue, Noboru, Takeshi, and Tsutomu. Back row (L to R): unknown, unknown, Setsuko Tawa, Violet Tawa, Tsuneo Tawa, and Haruko Tawa (cousin of Violet).
High school study tour (ddr-densho-107-22)
img High school study tour (ddr-densho-107-22)
Shudo High School study tour. Front row (L to R): Roy Matsumoto, Atsuyoshi Sakato, Jiro Shimomura. Center row (L to R): Isao Namba. Back row (L to R): Shigeo Kojima, Yoshinori Kajimoto, and Hiroshi Sakamoto.
Japanese American special agent (ddr-densho-107-9)
img Japanese American special agent (ddr-densho-107-9)
When this photo was taken, Roy Matsumoto was a special agent for the 441st CIC Det. GHQ Allied Forces, Japan. He is in Korakuen Park, Koishigawa, Tokyo, Japan. The photo was taken by Mrs. Motoko Manabe, who was the wife of Mr. Ryoichi Manabe, former Japanese Consul General at Hankow, China.
Children under pepper tree (ddr-densho-107-15)
img Children under pepper tree (ddr-densho-107-15)
Front row (L to R): Roy Matsumoto's brother Tom, Noboru. Middle row (L to R): Roy, Violet Tawa, Tsuneo Tawa. Back row (L to R): Takeshi, Hiroshi Tawa, Setsuko Tawa, and Violet's cousin Haruko.
Children standing outside a home (ddr-densho-107-17)
img Children standing outside a home (ddr-densho-107-17)
These children are standing between a Model T Ford truck and car. Front row (L to R): Harue Matsumoto, Noboru, Takeshi, Tsune Tawa, Tsutomu. Back row (L to R): Violet Tawa, Roy, Haruko Tawa, Setsuko and Hiroshi Tawa.
Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1001-40-13)
vh Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1001-40-13)
Being awarded the Legion of Merit

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Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1001-40-7)
vh Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1001-40-7)
Memories of the boat trip overseas

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Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1001-40-1)
vh Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1001-40-1)
Family background

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Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1001-40-17)
vh Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1001-40-17)
Recognition for wartime military service

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Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1001-40-9)
vh Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1001-40-9)
A critical mission at Nhpum Ga: shouting orders in Japanese

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Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1001-40-10)
vh Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1001-40-10)
Coping with difficult conditions during combat

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Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1001-40-3)
vh Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1001-40-3)
Returning to the United States and attending high school

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Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1001-40-12)
vh Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1001-40-12)
The inaccuracy of the movie portrayal of Merrill's Marauders

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Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1001-40-16)
vh Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1001-40-16)
Serving as an interpreter during the war crimes trials

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Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1001-40-15)
vh Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1001-40-15)
Serving with the OSS, Office of Strategic Services

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Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1001-40-14)
vh Roy Matsumoto Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1001-40-14)
Assigned to interrogate Japanese prisoners of war in China

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