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Fred Satsuki Tanakatsubo oral history interview, part 1 of 4, June 26, 2006
Tanakatsubo begins the interview talking about his family background and the origin of his name. Growing up in Sacramento, he was exposed to a very diverse population and made for a pretty happy childhood and schooling, including a well-known glee club. After high school, Tanakatsubo began work as a civil servant for the state and foresaw a long career there, but decided to join the Army in October of 1941. Two months later, as the Pearl Harbor attacks occurred, he and the other Japanese American soldiers were taken aside during their basic training and moved to Fort Lewis.
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Date of Birth
1920 April 26
Location of Birth
War or Conflict
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Satsuki, Fred: narrator, Hawkins, Richard: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Fred Satsuki Tanakatsubo oral history interview, part 1 of 4, June 26, 2006,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed December 5, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1049602.