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Kintaro Hamashige oral history interview, part 2 of 4, July 22, 2006
As reading interested Hamashige, he began reading a lot about the racism throughout the United States government which led to a deeper understanding of the modernization of Japan, which eventually turned to the attacks on Pearl Harbor. He speaks about the intricacies of these and where he was when the attacks occurred. At the time, he and his friends thought the attacks were just training tactics by the United States but they would soon hear about the news when a man yelled to them, telling them to go home from the ball fields because the war had begun. After that, he was able to attend the University of Hawaii, where he would learn about the concentration camps and evacuation of the Japanese on the west coast. Having all this information, Hamashige thought about all the details, before deciding that it was his duty as an American to join the Army as part of the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). He would join soon after and head to Army language school at Fort McClellan in Alabama, before being moved to Fort Snelling in Minnesota. Throughout this time, he would see discrimination throughout the South.
Oral History Item Type Metadata
Date of Birth
1924 Jun 05
Location of Birth
War or Conflict
Branch of Service
Entrance into Service
Hamashige, Kintaro: narrator, Miyamoto, Phil: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Kintaro Hamashige oral history interview, part 2 of 4, July 22, 2006,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed December 7, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1049767.